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The mega fight years in the making: Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr., arguably the two best welterweights in the world, may finally meet in the ring this year.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported Friday that the two boxers are closing in on a deal for an October fight in Las Vegas in Las Vegas for the undisputed welterweight championship. Although there is no agreement yet for the fight, no real stumbling block remains, Coppinger said. The fight would be presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on pay-per-view.
Fans have been clamoring for the fight between Crawford, the holder of the WBO welterweight title, and Spence Jr., who is the WBC, IBF and WBA welterweight champion. Crawford (38-0) is free to fight whoever he wants, now that he’s no longer with Bob Arum’s Top Rank.
After notching a 10th-round TKO of Shawn Porter on Nov. 20, Crawford parted ways with Top Rank. Crawford is now a free agent, which opens up the opportunity to fight Spence Jr. Spence Jr. (28-0), is aligned with PBC, who are known for not working with other promotions.
“I’m free to do whatever I want,” Crawford told ESPN. “There’s nothing standing in the way from us fighting. There’s no promotion company that’s blocking it, there’s no wrong side of the street, there’s no nothing. Let’s see who the best welterweight in the world is.”
The 32-year-old Spence is said to be fully healthy, after bouncing back from surgery to repair a detached retina to score a 10th-round TKO of Yordenis Ugas on April 16. He was supposed to face-off with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao this past August, until he discovered he needed immediate surgery.
It was a setback for Spence. Jr at the time, who is very much looking forward to meeting Crawford in the squared circle.
“I want Terence Crawford; that’s the fight that I want,” Spence Jr. said in April. That’s the fight everybody else wants. … Terence, I’m coming for that belt!”
Crawford shares those same sentiments, telling ESPN that there’s no backing out now for Spence Jr.
“Now everybody’s saying that Errol’s back and he’s 100% ready. So now is the perfect time for me and him to fight,” Crawford said. “He called me out, so it ain’t no backing up.”
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Huge fight. Winner can claim pound-for-pound best since Canelo lost. I don’t think a loss to a much bigger fighter should necessarily count against Canelo, but he was thoroughly beaten. Love this matchup.
Now this is a top tier fight both dudes really good can’t wait