UPDATED FRIDAY: What About Terence Crawford vs. Chris Algieri?

FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Sorry, NYC area fight fans…The March 21 card is up in smoke. Things didn’t come together the right way, and Top Rank pulled the plug Friday afternoon, according to exec Carl Moretti. He didn’t wish to specify exactly why. I heard on the grapevine that the choice of perfect foe for Terence Crawford was at least a component to the scrubbing of the date. Chris Algieri was rumored to be lead dog for a date with Bud…Crawford trainer/advisor Brian MacIntyre told me they will regroup and figure out a Plan B for Bud within a couple weeks…

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Carl Moretti of Top Rank tells me that the March 21 MSG Theater show to feature Terence Crawford against someone may or may not be a go. He will know tomorrow, Friday, by early afternoon, most likely, he told me.

Moretti said some factors have to fall into place, and wouldn’t specify what those are. Perhaps choice of foe for Crawford, and what purse that targeted foe might accept? I do not KNOW…

 

HBO boxing boss Ken Hershman was asked if Chris Algieri might be a foe for Terence Crawford on Wednesday, at a presser for the April 25 showdown between the champ at heavy, Wladimir Klitschko, and Philly fighter Bryant Jennings.

Hershman said he didn’t think there had been really substantive discussions about the Long Islander Algieri gloving up vs. the Nebraskan at HBO “as of yet.”

The exec said the man he termed “a great guy” took on Pacman, and while we know he lost, “it sometimes it takes a little while” to get back to the front of the line. “We’ll see what happens,” he said.

What about Algieri on BAD?

“There are so many planes on the runway backed up, in trying to get all this organized and sorted and scheduled, it’s been a real challenge. So when we’re at the right time to consider Chris, we will.”

There ya have it, friends. No “there” there, not yet anyway…

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

I told yall a month or so ago that this fight was in the works. Now we will all get a chance to see how both pugs are. I ain't convinced either one is superbad. They are both aight! And I give T-Craw a slight edge because C-Al doesn't have a corner. He has shaman sidekick who's full of syet. And T-Craw has a questionable environment that he needs to exit from yesterday. If nothing changes with either pug's situation. I'm calling the bout a draw if they gitdown [sic] in a neutral spot. But in Ohama, Neb., it will be T-Craw winning all day. And anywhere in the Empire State, it will be C-Al by book, hook or crook. And I will lean towards crook. Holla!


-michigan400 :

Crawfords reflexes, hand speed and variety of punches are about 2 levels above Chris. Unless Crawford hurts himself during the fight, should be an easy W. Chris is a 1-2 puncher with a part time hook. To my eyes anyway. You guys call these things better than me but that's my 2 cents. I have a hard time seeing Chris deal with Crawford and be able to win rounds. He'll have to stink the place out to not get a beat down.


-Radam G :

T-Craw has been fighting pugs who move forward to him, not side to side, angle 45 or even straight back from him. His appearance of speed and great relexes will change with giving him angles, feints, misdirections, turns, diversions and as him as he is punching or switching. The game of pugilism is so full of optical illusions and tricks of the trades. A guy can look like a million dollars against someone who made for him or stand around or madly rushes in, but you give him the slightest diversion and change the geography on him, he becomes lost in dat squared jungle. I've peeped T-Craw being badly confused and lost when sparred with a couple of Cali pugs. Even if you see a couple movers that T-Craw fought -- though he won -- you will see clearly what I'm talking about. T-Craw is like my homie "The Filipino Flash" Doniarey. He looked unbeatable against slowies, stand arounds and come-straight forward soft chins. But when he fought an archmaster of the game and a decent mover with nuclear in his fist, you saw the vulnerabilities. Holla!


-Froggy :

Crawfords reflexes, hand speed and variety of punches are about 2 levels above Chris. Unless Crawford hurts himself during the fight, should be an easy W. Chris is a 1-2 puncher with a part time hook. To my eyes anyway. You guys call these things better than me but that's my 2 cents. I have a hard time seeing Chris deal with Crawford and be able to win rounds. He'll have to stink the place out to not get a beat down.
You are 100% right in my opinion and Chris will stink the joint out !