Terence Crawford’s quest for an undisputed championship in a third weight division officially commenced on Wednesday.

Crawford’s debut at 154 pounds against Israil Madrimov for the WBA and WBO interim junior middleweight titles was announced at a press conference in Manhattan at Gotham Hall on Wednesday. Crawford’s return, after his demolition of Errol Spence Jr. for the undisputed welterweight championship last July, will headline a blockbuster event on Aug. 3 from Los Angeles’ BMO Stadium.

While Madrimov claims he’s “not Errol Spence” and is the tops in his division, Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) succinctly summed up on Wednesday why he’s favored over Madrimov (10-0-1, 7 KOs), despite being considerably older (age 36, compared to 29) and venturing to a division his opponent has been fighting in since he turned pro.

The card will take place under the leadership of Saudi Arabia’s chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, Turki Alalshikh, in his first boxing card outside of the kingdom.

“I want to leave a legacy that’s never been left before,” Crawford said from the stage. “I’ve seen it all. He’s very talented and strong, but I’ve fought guys who are talented and strong. He has good footwork, but I’ve fought guys with good footwork. He’s elusive. But I’ve fought guys who are elusive. It’s just about me dictating the pace and doing what I want to do in the ring and taking away what he wants to do.”

In other words, Crawford, who called his opponent the top fighter at 154 pounds, didn’t seem worried about what Madrimov brings to the table, and he may have newer frontiers to conquer in even heavier weight divisions. Crawford has been vocal about his interest in facing super middleweight king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but on Wednesday he was concentrated on junior middleweight and the task at hand.

“Right now we’re at 154 pounds,” said Crawford, who made a beeline to his dressing room following the press conference. “I’m going to make my mark at 154, and then if I’m still around, we’ll see what the future holds. But now I’m going to make my mark where I’m at.”

For his part, Madrimov was respectful of Crawford, heaping praise on his opponent, while critiquing another of Crawford’s ex-adversaries.

“Terence Crawford is my favorite fighter,” he said. “I like his style. Big respect to him, but on Aug. 3 I’ll be ready. There is no hesitation. As soon as I heard the news that I would face him, I was very happy. I am not Errol Spence. I am Israil Madrimov, and this is my division.”

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