Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) is one of the most gifted boxers in the sport today. The reigning WBO junior welterweight champion is set to unify his belt with WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine in an HBO PPV boxing main event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It's been something of a recurring theme to discuss boxers making a career switch into MMA, or an MMA fighter engaging in a boxing match with a boxer. We've endured Mayweather vs. McGregor, Mayweather vs. Rousey, and now get to "enjoy" Khan vs. McGregor.
TMZ Sports caught up with Crawford and asked him about any interest in fighting in MMA, or at least taking a fight with an MMA fighter.
"Actually I did both before," Crawford said. "I used to wrestle. I'm currently boxing, so I look at it as a boxer going to the Octagon is going to lose. You don't have any background in jiu-jitsu or wrestling and he's not a top jiu-jitsu [practitioner] or wrestler. Same as an MMA fighter. If he goes into a boxing ring, he [doesn't] have the experience in the boxing ring or the tools to be able to box 12 rounds. He's going to lose."
The follow-up question centered around whether or not he'd entertain the idea of competing against an MMA fighter because of his wrestling background.
"Not at all, I'm not even thinking about it," Crawford said. "They don't even get paid enough. They get paid less than us and they get broken bones, broken toes, and they go through a lot."
Oh, and if you're wondering what his thoughts are on Amir's chances of beating Conor in a UFC fight, here it is.
"No, not in an Octagon."
Crawford's purse for tonight's fight is $1.3 million, which is about what he's been receiving fighting on regular HBO in recent bouts. The supposed break-even point for a low-budget PPV like this one is 80,000 buys, per Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
Bloody Elbow will have live round-by-round coverage of Crawford's main event vs. Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs). The PPV broadcast begins live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, the main event is expected to start some time a little bit after 11 PM ET.