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Errol Spence hopes Terence Crawford clash ushers in era of big fights

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Errol Spence Jr. Photo credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) insists he is the A-side in his upcoming bout against WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

Crawford, 35, of Omaha, Nebraska has long felt overlooked and underestimated by the boxing establishment despite winning world titles in three separate weight classes and unifying all four major world titles in the junior welterweight division.

“I’m the guy for sure, but he didn’t wanna believe that I was the A-side,” Spence said on The Pivot Podcast. “When you talk about putting butts in the seats, I’m him. He didn’t wanna believe that. His accolades are cool, but take them to the bank and see what you get for them. He didn’t wanna understand that.”

It is well known that the fight only got made after the boxers made direct contact with each other to iron out the final details of the contract.

Spence said that all the concession came from his side to ensure the bout got made.

“The first time we Facetimed, it was mostly feeling each other out. Just talking about family and life and different things. We only talked about the fight for like five or 10 minutes,” the 33-year-old from Desoto, Texas said.

“The next time we were on Facetime he started telling me what he was concerned about and what he wanted. It made sense to me… I feel like I really got this fight made, because there were things he was asking for that my team thought I wouldn’t do. We’re talking about percentages and stuff like that. But I was like yeah, give him that.

“This is the fight I wanted. Period. I can’t leave this division without fighting him. This is one of the legendary fights.”

Spence sees the fight as a modern day classic in the 147-pound division along the lines of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Tommy Hearns or Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad.

“We bring greatness out of each other. That’s just what it is. If I truly feel like someone isn’t on my level, I’m super dismissive of that person… With Crawford, there’s more excitement. He’s bringing something,” Spence said.

“When you talk about two fighters and their mentalities and how they are, our mentalities are to kill. I just feel like we’re meant to clash. I wasn’t gonna let this fight go away because of ego or pride.

“I hope this fight lights a fire in other people to make these big fights happen. And I want the public to buy the pay-per-view so that it shows fighters that there is reward in taking risks. With fan support, you’re gonna get more big fights. If the numbers are right, these fights will get made.”