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Terence Crawford turns page on Errol Spence fight, laughs off Vergil Ortiz Jr.

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Terence Crawford is doubling down on moving on from a potential unification bout with IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.

The WBO welterweight titleholder once again let it be known that the possibility for the blockbuster showdown between the undefeated world champs is well in his rearview mirror.

"I'm not even worried about Errol Spence anymore," Crawford told DAZN's Chris Mannix on Saturday night prior to watching his stablemate Maurice Hooker suffer a seventh-round TKO loss to Vergil Ortiz Jr. at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. 

"I already told everybody that fight is history for me. I'm not thinking nor worried about Errol Spence anymore. That fight is behind me."

During the same interview with Mannix, the 33-year-old Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) seemed to laugh off the possibility of facing the 22-year-old Ortiz (17-0, 17 KOs) next.

"I just laugh at it," Crawford said. "Right now, I'm on bigger and better things. Who knows what the future may hold. Maybe me and Vergil may get it on ... if he wins."

Well, not only did Ortiz win Saturday night, but he won emphatically in the stiffest test of his young pro career. With growing confidence, Ortiz used the moment to express his desire for a crack at Crawford's WBO crown.

"I would love that opportunity," Ortiz told Mannix following his win. "Crawford is possibly the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world — definitely Top 2 — so if they give me that opportunity, I'm looking at you, Bud, I'm looking at you. If you want to make this happen, I'm more than willing to do it.

"I don't care if I'm ready or not," he added, "I want that fight."

Oscar De La Hoya backed his young charge with the following tweet.

In addition to Crawford, Spence was in attendance at the Dickies Arena.
 

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