Super-lightweight king Terence Crawford will resist calls for a move up to 147 pounds as the Top Rank star plots a return to action on May 20 in his hometown of Omaha.
The 29 year-old WBC and WBO title holder, fresh from yet another impressive year undefeated, will build towards a potential blockbuster with Manny Pacquiao later in the year against an opponent yet to be confirmed.
Antonio Orozco, who is ranked number one with the World Boxing Council, is hot favorite to get the nod, although stablemates Jose Ramirez, Mike Reed and Jose Felix Jr. will be hoping promoter Bob Arum offers them the opportunity to face Crawford.
Antonio Orozco in the frame (Pic by Lina Baker)
Previously linked to a clash with Crawford in late 2016, Orozco would tick the mandatory boxes for Crawford, although HBO previously approved a fight with Felix Diaz, an encounter which could also be resurrected moving forward.
Whatever happens, the spring contest could represent Crawford’s last at the weight as ‘Bud’ needs to get in the mix at welterweight in order to be at the front of the queue for one of the final Pacquiao spots.
Pacquiao’s recent admission he wants to fight on until 2018 could give Crawford the time he needs to position himself as mandatory, although the fight is relatively easy to make and is purely down to when it suits all parties.