Though Jim Lampley hasn’t been persistently lively within the boxing commentary scene, he has actually been being attentive to what undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford has been doing contained in the squared circle.
Lampley serves as a co-host for PPV.com’s dwell viewer chat for Saturday’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo boxing occasion in Las Vegas. The legendary boxing voice was extremely impressed with Crawford’s dominant efficiency, a ninth-round TKO stoppage victory, in opposition to Errol Spence Jr. in July. For Lampley, he considers Crawford one of the best fighter on the planet, and that he reminds him of one other all-time nice pugilist.
“We’ve got a fantastic new pound-for-pound king, who jogs my memory in quite a lot of methods of ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson,” Lampley stated on The MMA Hour. “He’s not as balletic as Robinson, however he’s the primary I’ve seen since Robinson who can persistently stability himself out and create place for a counter-punch that develops murderous energy.
“There aren’t too many counter-punchers who can create the form of energy that Crawford creates, so he’s actually good and he’s significant.”
Lampley, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame for his contributions to the game, has known as a number of the most memorable moments within the historical past of boxing, together with Buster Douglas’ upset win over Mike Tyson, and George Foreman’s surprising championship victory over Michael Moorer in 1994 to turn into the oldest heavyweight champion in historical past on the age of 45.
So far as Alvarez’s pound-for-pound standing heading into this marquee matchup with Charlo, Lampley believes the one undisputed tremendous middleweight champion in historical past may get to the highest of the record — however he’d must beat Crawford sooner or later to assert that spot.
“Would you give Canelo an opportunity to beat him? I feel most individuals must say, ‘Oh, yeah,’” Lampley stated. “Canelo is of course the bigger man and he has much more expertise in huge fights. Perhaps Canelo may beat Terence Crawford, [and if he did], that may make him No. 1.”