Errol Spence To BFW On Crawford Fight- “Gonna Happen This Year”
On Wednesday night, our insider Dan Rafael spoke one-on-one with unified world welterweight champion Errol Spence fresh off of his victory by 10th round TKO over Yordenis Ugas last Saturday night to add the WBA World title to his collection. And, Spence made it clear to Rafael whom he wants to see in front of him next, and soon.
The unbeaten Texan said to Rafael on his “Fight Freaks Unite Podcast” that he believes a Terence Crawford undisputed fight will not only finally be happening, but will happen before the end of 2022.
“I think it’s likely. I think it’s a guarantee to happen. There had been talks before, even before I fought Ugas. So, it’s definitely been in the works and I think it’s gonna happen this year…I don’t see any other fight that’s more appealing than this one,” Spence said.
You can hear the interview in its entirety, where Rafael discusses first with Spence, 28-0 22 KOs, the battle with Ugas that included Spence being rocked in the 6th round by a big right hand. However, Spence recovered to pound the Cuban into submission four rounds later, listen by clicking below:
Still, the obvious juiciest part of the conversation is the talk of fighting the WBO world champion Crawford, 38-0, 29 KOs, in a bout that has been discussed for the better part of three years. Critical, to the fight happening soon is that Crawford is a promotional free agent. This, as his obligations to Top Rank Boxing ended with his final fight with that promotion in a stoppage win over Shawn Porter last November.
It has been obvious during the entire back and forth about whether Spence and Crawford would meet that Premier Boxing Champions had no interest in dealing with Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum. And, further that the only way the bout would happen is if Crawford would agree to fight under the PBC umbrella, one of their broadcast outlets and probably have to also agree to a multi-fight deal to get the Spence fight.
All of that above still needs to be ironed out however the Texan does have tremendous leverage with three of the titles and he is obviously the biggest buyout in terms of interest and money the Crawford could take anytime in the near future.