Josh Taylor fights Jack Catterall on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, but could he face Terence Crawford after? Crawford said: "If that fight makes sense and that fight is the fight that's in front of me, then of course."
Tuesday 22 February 2022 14:14, UK
Terence Crawford has opened the door to facing Josh Taylor in a fight that would pit undisputed champions against each other.
Taylor must first defend every major belt in the super-lightweight division against Jack Catterall in his Scotland homecoming on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Crawford previously held the exact same belts but is now the undefeated and acclaimed WBO welterweight champion.
"Of course, in the future," Crawford told Sky Sports about fighting Taylor.
"I'm not opposed to any of it. If that fight makes sense and that fight is the fight that's in front of me, then of course."
Crawford's sole fight outside of the USA was in Scotland - in 2014 he defeated local hero Ricky Burns to become a world champion for the first time.
Asked if he would consider a return to Scotland to fight Taylor, he said: "If it makes sense, it makes sense.
"I'm a businessman at the end of the day and that would be a great fight as well."
Taylor previously said about Crawford: "There's always been a fight - Viktor Postol was a step too far, Regis Prograis was a step too far, Jose Ramirez was a step too far.
"They were all too good for me and I keep proving them wrong, and I'll prove them wrong again.
"I believe in my own ability. I believe I've fought better opposition than Crawford has, although Crawford is very, very good, he's elite level.
"But he hasn't fought the best opponents in his division. He's fought good fighters, good opposition, but I believe I fought at the better level. I fought better fighters on the way up."
After arriving back in the US having attended training partner Amir Khan's loss to Kell Brook, Crawford took to social media to praise his British fans and further hinted at a UK fight in the future.
"I want to send a special shout out to all my UK fans out there," Crawford said in a video posted on Instagram.
"Thanks for the love, the support and the hospitality you guys showed me and my team.
"It was a wonderful time, the atmosphere was great.
"I can't say enough - best fans on earth are the UK fans.
"I'm looking to coming back to the UK soon and maybe one day we can get a fight down there."
Brook's trainer Dominic Ingle has suggested that Crawford, rather than his own fighter, could be a viable next opponent for Chris Eubank Jr.
Eubank Jr called Brook out following Saturday's stunning victory over Khan, but the two weight divisions that separate the British pair appear to be a major roadblock to that potential bout.
Ingle posted on Twitter in response to Crawford's Instagram post expressing his desire to fight in the UK in the future.
"He could move up to 154 give 6lbs away and fight @ChrisEubankJr and school him in front of the British fans," Ingle said.
"Now that's a thought."
Josh Taylor will defend his undisputed super-lightweight titles against Jack Catterall in Scotland on Saturday February 26, live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm.