The long-awaited clash between the world’s finest welterweight boxers, Errol Spence Jr. vs Terence Crawford is set to set the ring ablaze at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday night. With Crawford holding an impressive record of 39-0, with 30 KOs, and Spence Jr. maintaining a spotless 28-0 record with 22 KOs, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Currently, Crawford stands as the favorite at -160, while Spence Jr. follows closely at +120 (you can check the latest odds here).
As the fight unfolds, four championship belts will be up for grabs. Spence Jr. holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF belts, while Crawford proudly wears the WBO title. The winner will emerge as the first undisputed welterweight champion, holding all four coveted belts. Astoundingly, both fighters are estimated to take home a minimum of $10 million for their efforts.
Despite Crawford being the smaller fighter, having started his career at super lightweight before moving to welterweight, his talent is undeniable. There have even been discussions about Spence Jr. contemplating a move to a higher weight class after this epic encounter. Surprisingly, Crawford boasts a longer reach by two inches, making the bout even more intriguing.
Errol Spence Jr Boxing Experience
Spence (28-0) claimed the IBF welterweight championship in 2017 by defeating Kell Brook through a decisive stoppage. With determination and skill, he defended the title six times and achieved unification along the way. His accomplishments include securing the WBC title by defeating Shawn Porter in 2019 and obtaining the WBA belt after his victory against Yordenis Ugas in April 2022.
At 33 years old, Spence stands as a formidable and versatile fighter, and he eagerly anticipates showcasing his skills and power on fight night. Emphasizing the magnitude of the event, he states, “This is the biggest fight in boxing. When you consider our contrasting styles and unwavering mentalities, it’s clear neither of us will be willing to yield. I believe someone will break on fight night. I’m prepared to demonstrate to everyone that I rank among the greatest welterweights in history. Don’t miss this fight because I’ll reveal exactly why I break my opponents.”
Crawford Undeafeted Record
Crawford (39-0), a decorated three-weight world champion, has already held the undisputed super lightweight title. Successfully transitioning to welterweight, he claimed the WBO title in June 2018 by defeating Jeff Horn. Since then, he has defended the belt six times, with his latest triumph being a knockout victory over David Avanesyan in December.
With a wealth of experience at 35 years old, Crawford seeks to employ his remarkable skills to secure victory in the most important fight of his career. Poetically comparing his strategy to his beloved hobby of fishing, he remarks, “I like to go fishing. Everyone knows that’s my hobby. They’ve all been caught before. Every last one of them. I’ve got a big enough hook for Errol. In fact, we’ve already caught him, and we’re reeling him in right now.”
Excitement further builds as former contenders and rising stars grace the undercard. Below is a breakdown of the talented fighters set to compete before the monumental Spence vs. Crawford showdown.
Isaac Cruz vs. Giovanni Cabrera
- Division/Weight: Lightweight
- Cruz record: 24-2-1
- Cabrera record: 21-0
- Belts at stake: N/A
Nonito Donaire vs. Alexandro Santiago
- Division/Weight: Bantamweight
- Donaire record: 42-7
- Santiago record: 27-3-5
- Belts at stake: WBC bantamweight title
Yoenis Tellez vs. Sergio Garcia
- Division/Weight: Super Welterweight
- Tellez record: 5-0
- Garcia record: 34-2
- Belts at stake: N/A
What sets this showdown apart is the clash of undefeated boxers in the prime of their careers. Unlike the much-anticipated Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout in 2015, where both fighters were past their prime, Spence Jr. and Crawford are at the peak of their abilities. Similarly, the 2017 Golovkin-Álvarez encounter featured a 35-year-old GGG, making this upcoming fight potentially the most significant since the 2018 Wilder vs. Fury battle.
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