Trainer McIntyre warns Haney against challenging Crawford

Highly-regarded boxing coach Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre has warned against Devin Haney challenging Terence Crawford if the former decides to make a move to welterweight.

Haney, a former undisputed lightweight champion, captured the WBC super-lightweight title on December 9 with a career-best dominant victory over Regis Prograis to become a two-weight world champion.

Immediately post-fight, Haney spoke about his intentions to move up to welterweight sooner rather than later, ambitious to become a three-weight world champion.

However, one fighter currently holds three of the four major titles in the 147-pound weight class — Crawford.

Crawford produced the strongest showing of his career with a dominant and explosive destruction of Errol Spence Jr. on July 29, who at the time held the IBF, WBC and WBA world welterweight titles. Crawford halted Spence in nine rounds to much acclaim and, in the process, got crowned undisputed champion.

McIntyre appeared on Tha Boxing Voice and spoke about the prospect of a fight between Haney and Crawford. “He [Crawford] would ruin that boy’s [Haney] career,” Bomac said. “He’ll ruin his career, trust me.”

Crawford, who is now 36 years old, according to McIntyre, is just getting better with age and is bucking the trend of fighters declining the trend of fighters declining when they hit the ages of 35 years and above.

Haney, who is 25 years old, is arguably yet to his peak and, with his performance against Prograis, has been linked with a number of possible fights. McIntyre finalised by stating that, in his opinion, Crawford just keeps getting better and better.

“Most fighters at that age, they start declining. He gets better and better each fight. He takes care of himself, he’s a student of the game. They [potential opponents] better quit fucking with Bud.”

Crawford, meanwhile, remains linked with a rematch involving Spence as the latter activated a contracted clause within 30 days of their summer showdown. It is unclear when they will come to blows again, but are expected to compete once again in 2024.