One of America’s best boxers, Terence Crawford, says Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez avoids Black fighters

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Terence Crawford and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Photos by Getty Images
  • Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez avoids prominent Black fighters because they give him too many problems.
  • That’s according to Terence Crawford, who accused Alvarez of shying away from Jermall Charlo.
  • Crawford has long been linked to a bout with Errol Spence Jr. but recently said he’ll never fight him.
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One of America’s best fighters, Terence Crawford, said Saul “Canelo” Alvarez avoids Black fighters because they present too great a challenge for him in the boxing ring.

“When you look at Canelo’s career, it’s like he’s shied away from the Black fighters,” Crawford said in an interview with Sirius XM Boxing and DAZN.

“I think the Black fighters give him the most problems.”

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Insider regards Alvarez as the pound-for-pound No.1 boxer in the world today. The Mexican has drilled elite opponents from super welterweight, through middleweight, super middleweight, and even light heavyweight.

The 30-year-old lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013 but has beaten many top tier opponents like Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Miguel Cotto, Gennadiy Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs, and Sergey Kovalev. Mosley, Jacobs, and Trout are Black.

Alvarez is currently campaigning in the super middleweight division having beaten Callum Smith and Avni Yildirim in recent months, and will defend his WBA, WBC, and The Ring championship belts at 76kg on May 8 against the WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders.

Should he defeat Saunders, it is expected Alvarez will target the only remaining major belt holder at super middleweight, Caleb Plant, who is white.

For Crawford, Alvarez is avoiding two prominent Black American boxers

“He’s shied away from Jermall Charlo and [Demetrius] Andrade for a long time,” said Crawford in the Sirius XM interview, as reported

Crawford is one of America’s most-talented boxers and a three-weight champion in the sport.

He has long been linked with a welterweight match against fellow pound-for-pound star Errol Spence Jr. – a bout that would be one of the most lucrative boxing can produce – but recently said he has no interest fighting him.

“That fight’s never gonna happen,” Crawford told FightHubTV. “It’s over with.”