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Charlo and Crawford Trade Insults in Go-Nowhere Feud

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Unified, four-belt junior middleweight world champ Jermell Charlo and WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford both recently went public with another barrage aimed at one another, adding to an online beef that has gone on for well over a year already.

“Crawford is jealous because he ain’t got no money,” Charlo recently said in an Instagram Live video, in reference to the Omaha, Nebraska native’s general bitter demeanor. “Crawford is all over the place.”

“As a matter of fact, we from Texas are making Crawford popular. Shout out to the Charlo twins and Errol Spence for making Crawford noticeable in boxing because the mother f***er hasn’t fought in how long [It’s been since November, 2021]?

“I don’t know how y’all still got him on pound-for-pound,” Charlo wondered aloud. “But I guess he won some undisputed title when he was at 140, but it’s a whole another level when you take a notch up.

“Y’all people don’t understand that because at 140, they don’t hit the same as at 147, and when you get to 154, oh God, who the king?

“It doesn’t matter what you feeling. This is me. Don’t get mad at me for being who I am.”

The 32-year-old Texan would throw in some bragging, boasting, and singing before getting back to the subject of Terence Crawford and Crawford’s failed negotiations with three-belt welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr.

“Crawford, he’s scared of Spence…He don’t wanna fight because he’s chicken, right, he wanna get to the money.”

Crawford, who moved on to a bout with fringe contender David Avanesyan on December 10 for main stage boxing newcomer network BLK Prime after Spence negotiations stalled, had done plenty of his own trash talking about Charlo to add to this beef.

“Jermell Charlo’s got to understand. He’s undisputed, and he’s done what he’s done in the sport of boxing, but he’s not on my level, nor Errol Spence’s level, and I think that makes him mad and jealous. He feels like he’s supposed to be at the top echelon, but he’s not,” Crawford said in an interview on The Last Stand Podcast, in reference to Charlo saying that he should “humble” himself and take a smaller purse to get a crack at Spence.

“I’d beat his a** any day, easy,” Crawford added.

Little online feuds between fighters flare up like this on a weekly basis. That’s nothing new. But, usually, there’s at least somewhat of a path to getting these squabbles from social media to the ring. Terence Crawford-Jermell Charlo, while it could conceivably be made [Charlo is only one weight class heavier than Crawford], is very unlikely to happen.

There are a number of reasons for that, but the most compelling reasons revolve around money and logistics.

Crawford will reportedly be earning around $10 million to fight Avanesyan– an insanely elevated purse for a fight of its lesser magnitude. One can only imagine what purse demands he’d make for a Charlo fight and, in turn, how much Charlo would ask for, given what Crawford demands. Seeing as how Crawford-Charlo would probably not be a blockbuster in terms of pay-per-view buys, getting enough money to reach the fighters’ purse demands would be a tricky endeavor.

In terms of logistics, there’d also be a major hurdle or two to leap in making this bout. Agreements on networks and platforms would have to be reached between the PBC-affiliated Charlo and the free agent Crawford.

In short, all of the problems that killed off Spence-Crawford talks would be present to kill off Crawford-Charlo talks…and there’d be less money in the till to move both sides to compromise.

So, while the Crawford-Charlo beef makes for compelling online drama, this rivalry will likely stay on the net and out of the ring.

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Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing, Boxing.com, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]