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Terence Crawford ready for anything Errol Spence throws at him, but says he won’t be hunting for the knockout

Terence Crawford

WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) isn’t predicting a knockout when he faces WBC, WBA and IBF counterpart Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29, but he is predicting a victory.

Since his move up to welterweight five years ago, the 35-year-old Nebraskan switch-hitter has halted all seven opponents, including the normally durable Shawn Porter. He is currently on a 10-fight knockout streak dating back to 2016 and has only been the distance twice in 14 fights since moving up from lightweight in 2015, where he won his first world title.

Crawford has only gone from strength to strength as he ascended the weights, unifying all four major world titles at junior welterweight before settling in to the 147-pound division. He is currently ranked number three in the world pound-for-pound by both The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

But Crawford isn’t getting ahead of himself as he seeks to become a two-weight undisputed world champion.

“Like I always say, I never go in there looking for the knockout,” Crawford said. “But if it comes, it comes. That’s icing on the cake.”

Texan Spence, 33, can whack a bit too, particularly against lower-level opposition. In his last outing in April last year he look impressive in stopping then-WBA titleholder Yordenis Ugas in 10. That victory came after decision wins over Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia.

Crawford is typically a slow starter as he takes a few rounds to gauge his opponent’s strength and weaknesses while adjusting to their speed and timing. But he says he is more than ready to go with Spence early if he tries to bum-rush him.

“He can start off fast or slow. He can do what he wants. I assure you I will be ready with whatever he brings to the table. If I need to start fast, then that’s what I’ll do,” Spence said.

“My only plan is to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. That’s the only thing I am thinking about right now.

“All of the fighters that I have fought have prepared me for this moment.”

One advocate for Crawford is Spence’s former promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who says his opinion has not shifted since the fight was first discussed.

“It hasn’t changed because they haven’t fought since I picked Crawford to win,” the Golden Boy Promotions boss told FightHubTV.

“I don’t think anything has changed except they’re getting older. They’re both getting older as we speak, but I think that Crawford still has the ability, boxing skill, and IQ. You can see it.

“You don’t have to be a genius to know who’s the better boxer. Spence, don’t get me wrong, he’s a great fighter. We built him. Golden Boy built him. So Spence has a tremendous shot of knocking him out if he catches him. He has tremendous power and a tremendous IQ. But I think Crawford has better leg movement. He knows how to slip and slide, move in and out, and bounce on his toes and throw punches in bunches.

“You can’t win a fight by throwing one or two punches if Crawford is going to throw four, five, or six punches. Then obviously he’s going to take the rounds and win the fight.

“I strongly feel Crawford and Spence are both great fighters. But in my humble opinion, Crawford has the better ability. He has the better arsenal inside the ring.”