The bout for the undisputed welterweight boxing champion between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford is one of the most anticipated bouts in all combat sports. The two guys both put their belts on the table in order to get a higher prize, which is the status of undisputed champ.
Spence Jr. comes into this clash as the slight undergod, but that doesn’t concern the 33-year-old. Meanwhile, Crawford is at the peak of his confidence, and according to his words, his physical stamina and power, despite being 36 years old.
𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗙𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗗. 𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗦𝗣𝗨𝗧𝗘𝗗. 𝗨𝗡𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗗.
It's Errol Spence Jr. 🆚 Terence Crawford fight week for all the marbles 🏆
— Boxing on TNT Sports (@boxingontnt) July 24, 2023
The analysts’ opinions are divided, as some give an edge to Spence Jr. while others believe Crawford has more than enough quality to unify all the belts.
Spence Jr. VS Crawford Preview
Errol Spence Jr.
The Trugh has 28 wins without a single loss, having 22 knockouts. The most recent win and a KO was against Yordenis Ugas in April 2022. This was the bout in which he brought IBF and WBC titles, while Ugas put his WBA on the table. The Cuban, who previously beat Manny Pacquiao fell down in the 10th round.
Spence Jr. won the IBF title in 2017 against Kell Brook, and after that, took the WBC against Shawn Porter via split decision victory in 2019. Overall, he has seven title bouts, beating guys like Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Carlos Ocampos etc.
The American is a strong puncher, and his jab is especially dangerous for rivals who often tend to underestimate the power of the same. Spence Jr. has a crushing one-two combo that usually starts with the jab that breaks the rival’s defense. He also knows to combine shots to the body, slowly chopping the opponent and his stamina.
This will be the 40th contest for Bud, as the fans call him. He has all 39 victories so far, 30 of them via KO. This guy is the synonym for the welterweight division in recent years, with him holding multiple titles for a long time, but right now, having only the WBO throne.
Just by seeing his list of victims, you get a picture of how good he is. Felix Diaz, John Molina Jr., Jose Benavidez Jr., Kell Brook, Shawn Porter, Amir Khan, and many more felt Bud’s rage and strength. The latest victory was a sixth-round knockout against David Avanesyan, whom he defeated in December 2022. He finished the last ten bouts before the final bell.
Crawford’s movement is among the best in today’s boxing, and that’s what makes him so dangerous. Of course, without lethal striking, that wouldn’t be so noticeable, but comparing Crawford to other strikers from the division, we can say that his punch power is solid, but not impressive. His adaptability also made him successful because there aren’t too many guys in today’s boxing who are changing and adjusting tactics throughout the bout, like Crawford.
Spence Jr. VS Crawford Prediction
Spence Jr. is stronger and a bit more physical fighter than his rival, but for sure, his tactical discipline and adaptability inside the ring aren’t anywhere near Crawford’s. Let us remind you that Spence Jr. barely escaped death against Ugas, who was near a KO in their meeting. Now, we don’t underestimate the Truth, but in this case, we have to side with Crawford, who has more experience, and whose arsenal of weapons is much broader than Spence’s.
Pick: Crawford wins 3/5 at BetXchange