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Is it ever okay to speak ill of the dead? Most people would say no, but not this X user! In a string of unfortunate events, Terence Crawford had to say farewell to two close friends within the past few months. First, it was Samuel Teah, who passed away in November last year. Now, the new year started with tragedy for ‘Bud’ Crawford, as his former manager Cameron Dunkin passed away.

‘Tsunami’ Teah became the unfortunate victim of gun violence during the last Thanksgiving holiday weekend after landing himself in a domestic dispute. On the other hand, Dunkin had fought cancer for quite a while and succumbed to the disease. However, an X user tried to make things worse for Crawford by making an insensitive remark about both diseased individuals and one of Crawford’s close aides, still living. So, the undefeated pugilist decided to rip the fan a new one on social media today.

On January 2, Crawford turned to X, sharing a heartfelt message after Cameron’s passing. Despite the sensitivity of the situation, the user remarked, “First Samuel yeah now Cameron Dunkin next is BOMAC.” Upon discovering the disrespectful comment, Crawford wrote back. “Bet you yo soft a** wouldn’t say that in my face,” ‘Bud’ wrote.

Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre is Crawford’s trainer and also a very close friend. The pair have known each other for nearly all their lives, having grown up on the same street. Before becoming a trainer, ‘BoMac’ was a boxer himself. But after noticing Crawford’s talent, he took Crawford under his wing. McIntyre was also in Crawford’s corner when he became the undisputed welterweight champion. Moreover, here’s what ‘The Hunter’ wrote about his departed friends.

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Crawford on Samuel Teah & Cameron Dunkin

Joining the likes of Teah’s manager, Sarah Fina, Terence Crawford wrote, “Rest in peace my boy! You was a great person.” On the other hand, Dunkin’s passing saw a similar controversy! Hours after Dunkin’s death was confirmed on social media by his family, boxing matchmaker Rick Glaser made an equally rude comment about the late manager.

“There’s no R.I.P. here, it’s Good Riddance Cameron Dunkin. The lies have now officially stopped,” wrote Glaser. Meanwhile, Crawford wished for peace for Dunkin after death and expressed gratitude for what his former manager had done for his career. “RIP Cameron Dunkin, appreciate what you done for me, the good and bad,” wrote Crawford.

While the undefeated boxer mourns the deaths of his friends, an insensitive remark from a user prompted Terence Crawford to write back a scathing message. What do you think about the situation?

Terence Crawford needed only one fight to secure his place as The Sporting News’ Men’s Boxer of the Year.

While David Benavidez, Naoya Inoue and Devin Haney competed multiple times and had incredible performances in 2023, Crawford’s single outing against Errol Spence Jr. was all he needed to prove that he is undoubtedly the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

It only took five years to get there.

Since 2018, Terence Crawford had to listen to everyone explain themselves as to why they froze him out of the conversation for the best 147-pound fighters in the world.

He was too small. He hadn’t fought anybody. He wasn’t good enough.

As the welterweight division resided heavily on the shoulders of the fighters from Al Haymon’s Premiere Boxing Champions, Crawford was stuck on the proverbial “other side of the street” due to his allegiance with Top Rank.

He had to watch as Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter, Yordenis Ugas and Errol Spence Jr. jockeyed for position as 147-pound titleholders as he held onto the WBO title that he knew someone would eventually have to come and get if they wanted to be called undisputed.

He kept beating people up as Spence began belt collecting. From 2017 to 2023, Spence picked up the IBF, WBC and WBA titles. In that same window of time, Crawford grabbed the WBO title in his welterweight debut against Jeff Horn and proceeded to pummel seven consecutive opponents into submission.

Eventually, the world wanted a Spence-Crawford fight. But we weren’t sure we’d ever get it due to the two stars being with different promoters. It felt like boxing was going to fail us again until Crawford stopped former champion Shawn Porter in 2021 and announced that he would test the water as a free agent.

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It appeared we were closing in on a deal being made for a megafight between the two undefeated champions in 2022 but the deal fell apart at the last minute and fight fans collectively let loose a disappointing sigh as it felt as if the dream fight had gone up in smoke.

But in May, the conversation between the two parties started up again with Spence making it a point to reach out to Crawford to get the fight made. And on May 25 the announcement that Spence-Crawford was happening for all the marbles on July 29 rocked the boxing world.

And when the fight finally took place, Crawford proved beyond a shadow of a doubt who the best fighter in the world was.

The product from Omaha, Nebraska put together one of the most extraordinarily one-sided performances between top-five pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport when he obliterated Spence Jr. with a ninth-round stoppage to become the undisputed welterweight champion.

What was supposed to be a 50-50 fight between two undefeated champions who hadn’t been so much as challenged during their respective careers became a demolition derby of the highest degree, as Crawford ran roughshod over Spence and became the first male boxer in the four-belt era to claim undisputed status in two different weight classes.

“It means everything because of who I took the belts from,” Crawford said afterward. “They tried to blackball me. They kept me out. They talked bad about me. They said I wasn’t good enough and I couldn’t beat these welterweights. I believe I showed how great I am.”

He only needed one shot to prove himself and he did just that in a superstar-making performance that cemented his place among the elite of the sport and secured his spot as The Sporting News’ Men’s Boxer of the Year.