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Terence Crawford says he share the best win of his career against the same opponent as Errol Spence Jr

Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

With the battle for ultimate welterweight supremacy just weeks away, WBO champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford says the best victory of his career came against the same opponent as Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr’s best win.

Speaking on the Morning Kombat podcast ahead on his July 29 showdown with Spence 28-0 (22) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford 39-0 (30) nominated retired former two-time welterweight champion Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter 31-4-1 (17) as the best scalp either of them had claimed.

Back in 2019 Spence added Porter’s WBC strap to his IBF belt with a split decision victory in Los Angeles, California. Two years ago Crawford turned back a spirited challenge from Porter, stopping him in the 10th round in Las Vegas and sending him into retirement.

Both bouts were signature wins in Crawford’s eyes.

“I think his best win is the same as myself,” the 35-year-old Crawford from Omaha, Nebraska told hosts Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell.

“I think both our best wins is Shawn Porter, because I feel Shawn Porter was the most accomplished fighter that we both fought, given the names that Shawn Porter had been in the ring with. I believe that Shawn Porter was the best win in both of our careers.”

If there has been one knock on Crawford it has been his lack of top-flight opposition since moving up to 147-pounds after unifying all four major would titles in the junior welterweight division and claiming the WBO strap at lightweight.

All that is set to change against Spence.

“My dream and my goal was to be here years ago, at the pinnacle of boxing,” Crawford said. “I wanted the Manny Pacquiao fight, it didn’t come to fruition. But I moved up in weight and I wanted a big fight.

“I wanted Errol Spence, I wanted Keith Thurman, I wanted Danny Garcia, because I knew those were the fights that were going to put me on the stage. I didn’t get those fights for x-amount of reasons, but everything happens for a reason.

“We’re here now. Me and Errol were on the biggest stage that neither one of us have been on before. July 29th, we’re going to put on a tremendous show and show the world why we’re the two best fighters in the division.”

Porter is sitting on the fence when it comes to picking a winner, but he did make some interesting observations about the fight recently based on his experience with both boxers.

“If Terence is able to be comfortable and manage his energy, we have to start talking about him in the same breath as Manny Pacquiao, Andre Ward, and Floyd Mayweather. With this fight, you can’t measure another fighter’s energy or mentality through the fight,” Porter said.

“Terence never got uncomfortable in his fight against me. He never showed me that there wasn’t anything unsettled within his heart or mind.

“I pride myself on making fighters uncomfortable. Never once did I see Terence uncomfortable. I didn’t apply the kind of pressure that Errol is going to apply. That may have been the reason why I didn’t see Terence uncomfortable.

“I don’t have a pick. I don’t know who is going to win this fight. This is what boxing truly is. Both guys have basically everything needed to win, from power to speed.

“I truly don’t think anyone can look at this fight and say ‘that guy is going to win’ because there are so many outcomes and possibilities.

“One thing we know that’s not going to happen is that there won‘t be any foul play, any low blows. There is not going to be any head butts that would end this fight prematurely. The fans win. Boxing purists especially win.”