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Relaxed Errol Spence says he is an apex predator ahead of undisputed title clash

Errol Spence Jr with trainer Derrick James. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champion

WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) is confident that he will systematically break down WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) when they meet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

The 33-year-old from Desoto, Texas expects his relentless pressure to be too much for the switch-hitting Crawford, 35, so much so that he can envisage a situation where the Omaha, Nebraska native refuses to enact the rematch clause in his contract.

“When you’re breaking someone down, there’s a point where you’ll just see a certain look on their face in the middle of a round that lets you know,” Spence explained.

“That’s even more satisfying than knocking someone down. If you punish someone and keep beating on them, it gets to a point where they might not come back into the ring the same.”

Spence, who will be competing in his eighth world title fight, is in a good space mentally ahead of the fight.

“I feel like I’m an apex predator,” he said. “I could be in my locker room on fight night with my opponent, chilling and playing dominos, but they say it’s fight time and we get in that ring, I don’t know you. I’m coming to decapitate you.

“I don’t know where it comes from. It’s an ‘it factor’ that makes some people great, some good and some okay. Not everyone has the same instinct as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier… You could be my best friend, but when we’re in the ring, it doesn’t matter.”

Almost three years ago Spence was involved in a serious car crash that saw him ejected from his Ferrari at speed when he hit a median strip. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Miraculously, he escaped with just facial lacerations.

Spence said the accident was a turning point in his career.

“I feel like everything that happened to me outside of the ring made me more satisfied with what I do have,” he said.

“I can still do what I love… I got to the point where I had really forgotten what I was doing it for. I forgot that I was doing it for my kids and my mom and my dad. I got caught up in ‘the lifestyle’.

“I got a knock on my door, because that car crash was a warning. I had to lock in and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since… It’s about staying focused and doing it right. I have to leave no regrets.”

The key to victory against Crawford, says Spence, is listening to his corner and making subtle adjustments throughout the fight while remaining true to his boxing style.

“I just have to be myself and listen to my coach,” Spence said. A lot of guys when they get into big fights, they get out of character. They want to show a different style. But I’m gonna do what I’ve been doing. Nobody has stopped it yet.

“If I have to step to him, you know I’m gonna step to him. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win. I feel like he’s gonna wilt to me. I’m gonna be in his face 24/7. He’s a predator too, but I’m different. I’m a bigger predator.”