This great sport of ours, which we love so much, can and still brings results. The massive fights, the matchups everyone wants to see, may take longer and may be less plentiful, but they still happen: best vs. best. An example is the official final welterweight unification matchup between undefeated 147 lb kings Terence Crawford (WBO reigning champion) and Errol Spence (IBF/WBA/WBC boss).
The winner, if there is one (tie, anyone?), will become the first man in boxing history to hold all four major weight belts. Yes sir, this one is big, like huge. As in not to be missed. July will be hot in Las Vegas, the Crawford-Spence clash will now take place at the T-Mobile Arena, and the temperature of avid fighting game fans will be even higher thanks to this fight. Oh to be in Vegas this week!
#SpenceCrawford it’s OFFICIAL‼️
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So who wins? Crawford, who says “it’s time to catch the big fish”, has no doubt he will be victorious. Spence, who said “this fight is a throwback on paper but it could be a one-sided ass scream”, is equally confident he will walk away with all his balls. It could be argued that no welterweight title fight since the epic battle between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns in 1981 (also staged in Vegas) has been this big.
So again – who wins? Talk about a tough fight to call, best vs. best. Can YOU choose the winner? Crawford, aged 35 but still in his prime, thanks to a combination of taking very good care of himself, living a life they say and never having suffered any serious punishment, is currently 39-0(30) and he and we We’ve been waiting for this career-defining fight for some time. Now it finally is.
Spence, 33 and still in his prime, “Truth”, having perhaps been in one punishing war, this fight of his with common foe Shawn Porter is currently 28-0(22) and although he has probably been tested more severely than Crawford, anyway at 147 (Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas), he also needs and gets his career-defining fight.
Both guys have been a bit inactive lately – Crawford last boxed in December, Spence last fought last April – and rust could be an issue for one or even both guys on July 29. But these two great fighters, both true professionals, each was saving EVERYTHING for this fight, for this mega-fight.
In this case, both modern greats can be expected to give their best. This could be a really great fight. This will be the fight of the year.
So, asking for the third time (!) – who wins? It’s hard to pick Spence, but it can be even harder to pick Crawford. But let’s wait until it’s closer to fight night before jumping into any predictions. Other than that there will be a special fight/night/week. It certainly took some time, but the biggest non-heavyweight title fight that could be done in the sport has finally been officially announced.