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Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson has heaped praise on pound-for-pound superstar and current unified welterweight champion Terence Crawford, but the now 57-year-old has highlighted the one stumbling block in the way of ‘Bud’ becoming an all-time-great.

Crawford extended his record to 40-0 when he dominated and stopped long-term rival and fellow 147lb champion Errol Spence Jr to become undisputed welterweight champion and the first multi-divisional undisputed champion since the dawn of the four-belt era.

Unfortunately for the American, he has yet to step through the ropes since and as a result some fans felt he was pipped to the Fighter of the Year accolade by Naoya Inoue, despite the generational performance of Crawford.

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The undefeated southpaw has now also been stripped of his IBF world title, with Jaron Ennis assuming the title, a decision which could prompt a move to super-welterweight or even super-middleweight after astonishing whispers of a clash with Canelo Alvarez.

In an interview with DAZN, Mike Tyson explained that despite Crawford’s success inside the ropes, to be a true all-time-great you need to become a superstar that can fill up arenas.

“Listen, this is the situation, this is the only argument against that [Crawford being an all-time-great], you know what makes people great fighters? Filling the arenas.

“Spence brought the people there. He [Crawford] is a master fighter but he has to get to the essence of fighting and that is excitement, bringing the people.

“He has got to keep beating people but he beats people too easily too. That could hurt him financially. I started making more money after Buster [Douglas] beat me, because people started saying ‘there is a possibility that he can get beat now’.”

Crawford has also been linked to a showdown with Teofimo Lopez, but the WBO super-lightweight champion’s below-par display last week could’ve put an end to those talks.

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Terence Crawford TKO 9 Errol Spence Jr.

Terence Crawford has been universally recognized as one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters for the better part of the last decade.

But the one major knock on “Bud” was that a win against a highly reputable opponent was missing from his resume.

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That all came to an end on July 29, when Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) reeled in “The Big Fish,” Errol Spence Jr., and delivered a career-defining performance in a major showdown more than five years in the making.

The win resulted in Crawford collecting all of the welterweight belts and the prestigious Ring Magazine title. Being crowned the undisputed champion also resulted in Crawford’s elevation to No. 1 in The Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings.

The fight was considered somewhat of a 50-50 matchup going in, although Crawford was the slight betting favorite. But the Nebraska native delivered a one-sided beating that will be remembered for ages to come.

Terence Crawford def. Errol Spence Jr.: Best photos from Las Vegas

Crawford had a stunning, stone-cold showcase, knocking down the Texan once in the second, twice in the seventh, then mercifully forcing referee Harvey Dock to step in and stop the one-sided action in the ninth.

Crawford connected with 185 shots against Spence, who fired back 96 of his own but failed to evoke any concern from Crawford. Bud seemingly dominated every second of the contest from stern to stem.

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The long-anticipated event was also a commercial success by all accounts, generating nearly 700,000 pay-per-view buys domestically and more than $21,000,000 in ticket sales at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A sequel is in store for 2024. Spence exercised his contractual right to a rematch, but it remains to be seen at what weight a fight will be contested. Crawford and Spence have both stated that a move up to 154 pounds is imminent.

Terence Crawford stops Errol Spence Jr. to win undisputed welterweight  crown - ESPN

After years of pounding the table for high-profile fights, the 36-year-old Crawford is finally in an advantageous position to fight anyone at any weight he pleases.

Clashes against the likes of Ring Magazine 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo and undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez could follow.

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The three-division champion could quickly add world titles in other weight classes, should he turn in more prolific performances like he did against Spence.

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Terence Crawford TKO 9 Errol Spence Jr.

Terence Crawford has been universally recognized as one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters for the better part of the last decade.

But the one major knock on “Bud” was that a win against a highly reputable opponent was missing from his resume.

NEWS;Terence Crawford and Chris Eubank Jr. coach credits jail time for widespread Trainer of the Year media recognition

That all came to an end on July 29, when Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) reeled in “The Big Fish,” Errol Spence Jr., and delivered a career-defining performance in a major showdown more than five years in the making.

The win resulted in Crawford collecting all of the welterweight belts and the prestigious Ring Magazine title. Being crowned the undisputed champion also resulted in Crawford’s elevation to No. 1 in The Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings.

The fight was considered somewhat of a 50-50 matchup going in, although Crawford was the slight betting favorite. But the Nebraska native delivered a one-sided beating that will be remembered for ages to come.

Experts predict winner of Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. - Los  Angeles Times

Crawford had a stunning, stone-cold showcase, knocking down the Texan once in the second, twice in the seventh, then mercifully forcing referee Harvey Dock to step in and stop the one-sided action in the ninth.

Crawford connected with 185 shots against Spence, who fired back 96 of his own but failed to evoke any concern from Crawford. Bud seemingly dominated every second of the contest from stern to stem.

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The long-anticipated event was also a commercial success by all accounts, generating nearly 700,000 pay-per-view buys domestically and more than $21,000,000 in ticket sales at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A sequel is in store for 2024. Spence exercised his contractual right to a rematch, but it remains to be seen at what weight a fight will be contested. Crawford and Spence have both stated that a move up to 154 pounds is imminent.

After years of pounding the table for high-profile fights, the 36-year-old Crawford is finally in an advantageous position to fight anyone at any weight he pleases.

Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford make weight ahead of blockbuster  clash - 'We're about to make history' - Eurosport

Clashes against the likes of Ring Magazine 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo and undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez could follow.

The three-division champion could quickly add world titles in other weight classes, should he turn in more prolific performances like he did against Spence.

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Devin Haney UD 12 Regis Prograis — Former undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney made two-time 140-pound titlist Regis Prograis look like an outmatched novice, easily picking him apart to score the shoutout unanimous decision win in his junior welterweight debut. Haney outlanded Prograis 129 to 36 during the masterclass performance. Prograis, meanwhile, set a CompuBox record for the fewest total punches landed in a 12-round fight.

Terence Crawford def. Errol Spence Jr.: Best photos from Las Vegas

Teofimo Lopez Jr. UD 12 Josh Taylor — Teofimo Lopez Jr. was perceived to be a broken boxer heading into the fight against Josh Taylor, but he proved that he still has plenty left in the tank by beating the former undisputed junior welterweight champion. Lopez’s big win planted him back in Ring Magazine’s top 10 pound-for-pound list.

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Last weekend’s welterweight title fight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. reportedly enjoyed a strong performance in terms of pay-per-view buys and revenue.

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According to boxing insider Dan Rafael, the Crawford vs. Spence PPV event did “at least” 650,000 buys and possibly as much as 675,000 for a gross of $55 million.

Rafael added that Crawford and Spence drew a gate of over $20 million at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as well.

Crawford and Spence reportedly earned at least $25 million apiece from the bout with Spence earning a slightly higher percentage of the purse despite his loss.

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Given that they both entered the contest with undefeated records, Crawford vs. Spence was one of the most highly anticipated boxing matches in recent memory.

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The 35-year-old Crawford turned in a dominant performance and won by ninth-round technical knockout, making him the first undisputed welterweight champion in 17 years.

Crawford, who improved to 40-0 in his career, retained the WBO welterweight title and won the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and The Ring welterweight championships.

Spence, 33, dropped to 28-1 in defeat and lost the titles he had previously won in victories over Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and Yordenis Ugás.

In the wake of Crawford’s massive victory, he is ranked by The Ring as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, while Spence is now sixth.

While a rematch is a possibility, it may not perform close to as well as the first fight in terms of revenue due to how decisively Crawford won.

Because of that, undefeated fighters Jaron Ennis, Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Eimantas Stanionis stand out as strong candidates to challenge Crawford in his first defense as undisputed welterweight champ.

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Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford are set to finally face off to determine the best welterweight – and fighter full stop in many eyes – on the planet.

The two champions – Spence the WBA, IBF and WBC, Crawford the WBO – have been on a long and frustrating collision course that some fans felt would never end up in a fight.

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That all changed when the pair bypassed the businessmen and hopped on a private phone call. The fight was signed not long after for July 29 in Las Vegas.

It adds to a stellar year for boxing, which has already seen one of the most financially successful bouts of recent times in Gervonta Davis versus Ryan Garcia.

Spence - Crawford

In a resurfaced clip, ‘Tank’ sides with Spence in no uncertain terms, and said, in a roundabout way, that he has better defence than Crawford. He also seems convinced that it could end in a stoppage for the 33-year-old.

“Errol. I know for sure.”

“Imagine we in a gun fight, right? And I got a metal shield, and the opposite person got a glass shield. Who gonna come out on top?”

“[It doesn’t matter] how much he run around, once them hands get on him it’s gonna slow him down … Ain’t no ‘if’ – he gonna touch him.”

Gervonta Davis

The pair clearly back each other, with Spence having revealed earlier in the year that he put down $20,000 on ‘Tank’ to beat Garcia.

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In contrast to Davis’ pick, Spence will step through the ropes as a very slight underdog to Crawford – but few boxing fans on the planet can be convinced that it will be one-sided.

Having completed their early media obligations, the two 147lbs champions are now deep in training camp for the fight of their lives.