Terence Crawford and Turki Alalshikh tease their bond as the American boxing star eyes his next fight

Terence Crawford and Turki Alalshikh tease their bond as the American boxing star eyes his next fight

Terence Crawford could be the next big boxing star to head to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi boxing chief Turki Alalshikh posted a photo of “Bud” on his social media earlier today with a shrugging emoji and a boxing glove, appearing to tease a possible connection between the two men.


Crawford struggles to secure next fightCredit: Getty

Crawford fanned the flames further by responding with two shh emojis.

Alalshikh is currently the most influential man in boxing and has been playing cards that would otherwise be fantasy for the past 12 months.

The chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority is the driving force behind the undisputed heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk on May 18.

And most recently, he financed Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou’s crossover clash in March.

Alalshikh seems committed to working with all the biggest names in the sport, so it makes sense that he would consider a deal with the pound-for-pound king of boxing, Crawford.

The 36-year-old has been out of action since July last year, when he stopped Errol Spence to become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era.

He’s been linked to several different opportunities over the past few months, but it’s proving to be a nightmare for Crawford to pull off anything.

The first fight to be scrapped was a rematch with Spence.

Alalshikh could be close to a deal with Crawford


Alalshikh could be close to a deal with CrawfordCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

“Big Fish” activated the two-way rematch clause in his contract shortly after the conclusion of their inaugural encounter.

However, renowned boxing journalist Dan Rafael reported in February that the fight was unlikely to take place for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Spence had to stay on the sidelines for a long time after undergoing cataract surgery.

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Crawford’s attention then turned to a fight with new WBC and WBO super welterweight champion Sebastian Fundora.

But once again, this fight has hit a snag following reports suggesting that Fundora and Tim Tszyu are aiming for a rematch for November in Las Vegas.

It’s not yet clear what fight is in the works for Crawford, although hardcore boxing fans would love to see him in a blockbuster with Jarron ‘Boots’ Ennis next.

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