KEY POINTS

  • Canelo Alvarez made history once again after his recent win over Caleb Plant
  • Terence Crawford took a year before finally landing a big-name opponent
  • Crawford is confident that a win over Shawn Porter will be the start of his Canelo-like run

Terence Crawford has not been pleased with how things played out for him in recent times.

Undeniably, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had quite a run this year, having won three big fights in the super middleweight division with his most recent victory over Caleb Plant cementing his name as an undisputed champion.

As expected, Alvarez’s fellow boxing world champions are thrilled about his impressive feats.

In fact, the world’s only eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao--who is now officially retired--even said that “boxing is in great hands” with Alvarez.

But for WBO welterweight champion Crawford, there’s nothing very special about Alvarez’s success.

Speaking to Sky Sports, “Bud” claimed that Alvarez is where he is today because he was fortunate enough to be rewarded with the big fights he needed.

Crawford suggested the only thing his fellow champ had to do was win and he certainly did.

"He (Alvarez) is definitely doing things differently to me because he is able and capable of doing those things," Crawford said of Canelo’s sensational run this year. "He has fought four times in the past year. He has become undisputed.”

"He is getting all of the fights that he wants right now,” the American continued. “Unfortunately, I haven't been able to."

Canelo Alvarez Saul "Canelo" Alvarez celebrates his 11th round knockout of Caleb Plant, making him the first-ever undisputed super middleweight champion. Photo: Mikael Ona

After the stunning TKO win over Kell Brook last year, Crawford has failed to land a world-class opponent with his potential title bouts being botched one way or another.

The unbeaten welterweight titleholder has long been yearning to share the ring with the legendary Pacquiao, but the latter was prompted to call it a career following the upset loss to Yordenis Ugas.

Crawford could’ve also had the chance to prove that he’s the No. 1 welterweight today with a showdown against Errol Spence Jr.

However, for some reason, a fight between the two American champions never came to fruition.

Still, Crawford remains confident that he will flourish the same way Alvarez did.

"It has been frustrating," the 34-year-old admitted about watching Canelo's run. "But what's meant for me, I will have. Everything happens for a reason and I believe that my time is coming."

Crawford is set to take on Shawn Porter this weekend and he is certain that a win over his compatriot will mark the beginning of his resurge.

"I feel like I'm already there, but I have to prove it to the world and it starts with [Shawn] Porter," he vowed.

Terence Crawford Terence Crawford became a three-weight champion after his win over Jeff Horn. In this picture, Crawford celebrates his ninth-round TKO victory over Horn in their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 9, 2018. Photo: Steve Marcus/Getty Images