With the undisputed world welterweight title showdown between unified champ Errol Spence and WBO titleholder Terence Crawford fast approaching, the significance of the bout is taking hold.
And, even though the former undisputed junior welterweight champ Crawford has been in big moments before, he knows this one is on another level.
Crawford held an open workout for the media in Las Vegas Wednesday prior to engaging Spence on July 29th at the T-Mobile arena and spoke more on his anticipation of the event,
“This fight means everything. This puts the cherry on top of my career. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I can’t wait to get it on,” Crawford said.
“The welterweight division has had a lot of great fights in the past and this will be another one next Saturday. There’s a bright future for the division as well with a lot of great talent coming up. It’s still a hotbed for the sport….”
Spence-Crawford Is The Latest
The previous names and matchups were Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (2015), then 90s/early 200’s legends Oscar De La Hoya and Felix “Tito” Trinidad (1999) and of course, the epic first showdown of two of the greatest smaller weight fighters ever in Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns in 1981.
As Crawford mentioned, there is something special about the welterweight division and a win next Saturday for either he or Spence cements their legacy for all time in the history books.
Spence, 28-0, 22 KOs was last in the ring in April 2022, when he added the WBA 147 lb. world title to his WBC/IBF championships by stopping Yordenis Ugas in 10 rounds. He previously holds world title wins over Kell Brook for the IBF title and against Shawn Porter for the WBC strap in September 2019. And, the unbeaten Spence is regarded as one of the pound for pound best fighters in the world.
Meanwhile for Crawford, 39-0, 30 KOs, he was last seen in a WBO title defense in his hometown of Omaha, NE, in December and ended up kayoing David Avaneysan in the sixth round. Now, he is in the biggest matchup of his career (and Spence’s) with the walk to the Vegas ring in sight.
“This fight is happening at the right time. All the belts are on the line, so there’s even more to fight for,” Crawford said Wednesday. “What better way to have this fight than to have it for the undisputed welterweight title?”