A Potential Blockbuster: Terence Crawford v Errol Spence Jr

Lee Skavydis

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Undisputed light-welterweight King, Terence Crawford will surely have a fair number of lucrative opportunities since he knocked out Julius Indongo in 3 rounds in August to unify the world championship. The Nebraskan expressed his desire to move up to 147lb after the bout and has since stated that he also wants to unify that division.

Meanwhile, Errol Spence Jr stopped Britain’s Kell Brook for the IBF welterweight title and it is expected that he will be making his first defense before the year concludes. Although he ended Brook’s reign, the jury is still really out on how good Spence really is! ‘Special K’ was beating him convincingly during the first half of their fight when his workrate dropped suddenly and rapidly, allowing for Spence to take over. The weight drop back to 147lb after meeting Gennady Golovkin at 160lb is thought to be the culprit. One thing is certain, though, and that is Spence didn’t do much to turn the tide. It turned for him.

Even though Spence stopped Brook for the world title, there are still questions that need to be answered.

Still, the hard hitting southpaw boxer would be fair competition for most of the top names in the division, Crawford included. The two weight champion had his eye on the winner of Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn II but the proposed rematch has been called off, at least for the time being. Might Crawford be interested in fighting Spence? He may not be a Keith Thurman in terms of recognition right now, but Errol had an impressive amateur career and Ring magazine rates him as the second best welterweight in the world. If Crawford won then he is likely to take the no.2 spot and beat somebody who is predicted by many to be the next big superstar. Even though Terence has already accomplished a lot already, he is still a household name in progress, so that is something that him and Spence have in common.

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Setting distance and a jack hammer straight right hand are a few of the weapons that the IBF welterweight champion has in his armoury. He is also fast of hand and can bang with both hands, having stopped 19 of his 22 opponents, and has often displayed good counter punching ability. Terence Crawford has the same type of whirlwind energy that a prime Manny Pacquiao once had in him before he started becoming a shell of the man he once was. He is a fast and accurate puncher to both the body and head, but he can be a little too wild and leave himself open at times. Fortunately for him, nobody has been fast enough to capitalise on those moments as of yet.

Manny Pacquiao hasn’t been at his best for years and is fast becoming a shot fighter.

It is well known that Bob Arum prefers to make fights between fighters in his own stable rather than do business with other promoters. Negotiations would possibly be long and tense in order to make the fight become reality.

Realistically, Terence Crawford v Errol Spence Jr is likely not going to happen next, or any time in the near future. And by near future, anything over 6-9 months from now. But if and when it does, it could be a fight that would get many talking!

With the welterweight division so rich in talent, it deserves that.


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