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Terence Crawford says size will count for nought when he meets Errol Spence Jr next month

Terence Crawford

WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) doesn’t believe the size disparity between himself and WBC, WBA and IBF 147-pound champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) will make a difference when they clash at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

The 35-year-old switch-hitter from Omaha, Nebraska spoke to the media before flying out to his high altitude training camp at Colorado Springs.

“It feels good to finally be here. This is a fight that I’ve been wanting for about five years now. It’s finally here. All I can do is embrace the moment,” Crawford said.

“This is for the supremacy of the welterweight division. You got two top pound-for-pound fighters in their prime. This is one of those fights where it’s a pick ’em fight in everybody’s eyes and it’s labeled one of the biggest fights in the last decade.”

Southpaw Spence, 33, of Texas will enjoy a 1½ inch height advantage but will be giving up two inches in reach.

Crawford said it Spence’s height and bigger frame won’t be an issue.

“I’ve never been in the ring with him, but in my eyes, no [his size won’t be a factor],” Crawford said. “All my life, I’ve always been the smaller guy, but I’ve always been the strongest guy. So come fight night, we’ll see.

“In every fight, I’m always looking to make a statement. In every fight. So, I’m not just going to say that this fight I’m trying to make a statement. Every time I step foot in the ring, I want to make a statement, and yes, on July 29th, I’ll be looking to make a statement.”

Negotiations for the highly-anticipated four-belt unification bout fell apart last year but when talks were revisited this year with the two boxers dealing with each other directly, issues that previously prevented the bout from happening were ironed out.

“It just took patience, you know. Everything in life happens on God’s terms and in his time. So I just had to be patient, just wait for my moment and just keep winning. I’m here now,” said Crawford.

“It’s one of the biggest fights of my life, if not the biggest fight of my life. We’re going to carry it that way into the fight.

“In my eyes, I always prove people wrong that underestimate me. A lot of people, in my recent fights, always question whether I can do certain things and I prove them wrong. That’s why you watch the fight, right?

“I’m very comfortable with my career right now. I feel like I already accomplished a Hall of Fame career and I’m happy with where I’m at, but I’ll be satisfied once this job is done. I would say this is the cherry on top.”

Crawford has a believer in his corner in former three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.

“We were talking about this a couple of days ago! For me, I think it will be Crawford, it’s 55-45 for Crawford, because I think that he is a little bit smarter,” the 35-year-old Ukrainian southpaw told ESNews.

“He can adjust during the fight, very quick, it will be very, very interesting. It’s a big fight, it’s a big fight for history. It will be a great fight.”