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Common opponent predicts winner of Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford bout

Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

With little more than a month to go before the highly anticipated four-belt unification bout between WBC, WBO and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) and WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29, prognosticators are starting to come out of the woodwork to predict the result.

Former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook 40-3 (28) has shared the ring with both. In 2017 he lost his world title to Spence by 11th round knockout. He was down twice late in the fight and suffered a fractured eye socket.

Three years later he challenged Crawford for his WBO strap. It didn’t take long for the champion to figure him out. Despite being up by one point on two of the judges’ scorecard, Brook was stopped in the fourth.

If anyone is in a position to assess the strengths and weaknesses of Spence and Crawford, it’s Brook.

“I think that Spence has probably got the stronger dig, stronger puncher in there,” Brook told Boxing Social via FreeBets.

“But Crawford is very surprising, he catches you by surprise and they’re the shots that can knock you out. He’s got some pop as well.”

While southpaw Spence has the superior firepower and will enjoy and inch-and-a-half height advantage, it is actually Crawford who will have two inches in reach on the 33-year-old Texan if BoxRec is to be believed.

Crawford, 35, from Omaha, Nebraska brings a sublime skillset to the table. He can box from either stance, has pop in his shots with both hands and a great ability to set trap for his opponents; a sharpshooter who can hit you from any angle before you see the punch coming.

It is this contrast of styles that makes this such a difficult fight for Brook to pick a winner in.

“It’s a fight where I’ve been in with both of them and it’s a funny one because I could get this wrong, the reason being that styles make fights,” Brook continued.

“A positive for Spence is that he is a natural southpaw and I think that may cause Crawford some problems, but I’m going for Crawford to win that fight.

“He’s a switch-hitter, he’s like a surgeon in there, very precise, great finisher and he is a great fighter.

“They’re both great fighters, but I’d have to lean towards Crawford, he’s been more active than Spence, who has been in a big car crash, he’s not really been active like Crawford. There is only small percentages in it, but I do lean towards Crawford in that fight.

“It’s hard to split them, yeah he is stronger is Spence, but Crawford is more of a surgeon. He’s more precise, he’s more cute, accurate, switch-hitting, but don’t get me wrong they’re both unbelievable, pound-for-pound greats.”