ESPN came out with their new pound-for-pound rankings and they’ve got Terence Crawford at the 1 spot above two-belt champion Errol Spence Jr and Canelo Alvarez. You have to wonder why ESPN has WBO welterweight champion Crawford above IBF/WBC champ Spence when he has a better resume and has beaten more talented opposition throughout his career.
Crawford is with ESPN, and is signed with Top Rank. Hopefully, there’s no bias in creating the pound-for-pound list. I mean, Spence is with Premier Boxing Champions, and he’s effectively on the other side of the pound at 147. Until Spence and Crawford fight, you can’t rank either one of them in a real way. The only thing you can go on is Spence having a better resume, which means he should be ranked ahead of Crawford at 1 in the pound-for-pound list.
I don’t have any problems with Crawford being ranked at #2 on the pound-for-pound list, as long as he’s below Spence. Canelo Alvarez, he doesn’t belong on the list at all in my view. He waited too long to fight Gennady Golovkin, and he has too many fights against old-timers. There’s too much controversy with Canelo’s career and his questionable wins over GGG, Erislandy Lara, and Austin Trout.
I would say more than anything, Tyson Fury looks a little low to me because pound-for-pound is one thing, but what we really mean is division-for-division. If you shrunk Tyson Fury down to all these guys, but at heavyweight, you can have a size advantage. I think that counts in his favor, even in a pound-for-pound way. For a heavyweight, he is better than a couple of the guys on that list are for their divisions,” Kellerman continued. “So, that’s the one thing I have to say.