27 Mar

Crawford to Retain WBO Welterweight Title

In an interview with World Boxing News, WBO President Paco Valcarcel announced that unified world welterweight (up to 66,7 kg) champion Terence Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) will retain the WBO title if he fights in the super welterweight division (up to 69,9 kg) against the winner of the bout between Tim Tszyu (24-0, 27 KOs) and Sebastian Fundora (20-1-1, 13 KOs).

The official noted that the fight must take place within 180 days after Saturday's fight – effectively by the end of summer.

"Based on Crawford's achievements as a WBO world champion in three weight classes and undisputed champion in two divisions, we will allow him a fight for the title against the winner of Tszyu vs. Fundora.

We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but they understand that the winner must fight Crawford in their next bout," Valcarcel said.

It was previously known that Tszyu and Crawford are in talks for a fight.

Tim Tszyu and Sebastian Fundora will meet on March 30 in Las Vegas, USA.

Terence Crawford last entered the ring in July of the previous year, defeating Errol Spence Jr. (28-1, 22 KOs) by technical knockout.