That 140 pound division, there are some nice mix and match possibilities there, aren't there? Terence Crawford, fighting Saturday in Nebraska, as he looks to close the gap on Warren Buffett as the most well known man from Nebraska, is the top my heap when I assess that class.
But you have Adrien Broner there, holding the WBA crown, and Viktor Postol proved his worth, and his chin, and his pop, when he handled Lucas Matthysse, maybe in fact chasing him out of the division.
Cesar Cuenca hasn't tasted loss in 48 tries and he's due for a step-up showcase, to see if his record is more padding than pure. Jessie Vargas will likely have hands full with Sadam Ali if all parties can get on the same page enough to make that tangle. Lotsa mixes and potential matches..
So, if it goes as expected, and Crawford betters not untalented but not proven to be A grade Dierry Jean Saturday, we will wonder what step up tangle will be his next? We know that his crew wants a Manny Pacquiao lottery ticket chance…but if Manny wants a more cemented name, and maybe a guy without so much explosivity and versatility, then what direction would Crawford go?
Hey. I got an idea. It's probably DOA, because of politics, but what about Crawford vs. Terence Crawford? “It won't happen,” Crawford's manager Cameron Dunkin, sadly telling me what I already knew. “Crawford wants everyone, but politics….”
Those politics probably screw over another tangle that would float the boats of the hardcore: Crawford vs. Amir Imam. “He signed with Haymon,” said Dunkin. “He's a very good fighter!”
Sigh…the politics and sides-taking gets frustrating at times, doesn't it?