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Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr promise to bring back an old-school fight reminiscent of the 70s and 80s

Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford

In just over six weeks’ time the two best welterweights in the world will finally get it on to determine who the best 147-pounder is going round right now.

WBO boss Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) and WBC, WBA and IBF kingpin Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) met face-to-face for the first time since their four-belt unification bout was announced in Los Angeles today.

The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

Both southpaws exuded confidence and are determined to keep their undefeated records intact. The winner of the bout will be crowned The Ring magazine champion.

“If you’ve been craving an old-school fight, the kind of great fights from the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s, this is the one for you,” said 33-year-old Texan Spence, who is The Ring’s number one rated welterweight.

“Terence and I have the same mentality. We break wills. This will definitely be an old-school fight.”

Crawford, who is ranked number two by The Ring, shared Spence’s assessment of the bout.

“Spence got a big heart,” he said. “I got a big heart. He don’t like to back up. I don’t like to back up. It’s an old-school fight.”

Boxing hasn’t seen such a high-profile welterweight championship fight since Floyd Mayweather met Manny Pacquiao in what predictably turned out to be a 12-round snooze-fest back in 2015 when both boxers were past their primes.

This time around we have two heavy-handed, skilled technicians at the top of their game. And with a combined knockout ratio of almost 78%, it’s safe to say this one isn’t going the distance.

“I’m going to give a gift to the fans,” said the 35-year-old Crawford from Omaha, Nebraska. “I love y’all. Without y’all, there is no us, so I got a gift for you on July 29. You’re going to witness greatness.

“You’ve heard of the past eras in boxing, you’ve got the Ray Robinson era, the Leonard-Hearns-Hagler-Duran era, even the Mayweather-Pacquiao era. Well, this era is the Terence Crawford era.

“He’s the Big Fish, right? But what happens when you take the fish out of water? You suffocate it.”

Spence offered his own fishing euphemism.

“Everybody tune in and come out to the fight, because we’re gonna have a Craw-fish boil. And there’s gonna be enough for everybody, I promise you that,” Spence said.

“Terence hasn’t fought anybody. Even Shawn Porter said he didn’t train like he should against you. Kell Brook was already broken. I broke Kell Brook’s other eye, that’s how he got broke… this is gonna be a one-sided ass whooping. It’s gonna take a few rounds, because he’s a tough dude. But everyone gets broke and we’re gonna break him down.”

To the victor goes the spoils.