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Pound-for-pound status at stake when Errol Spence Jr meets Terence Crawford for undisputed championship

Errol Spence Jr. Photo credit: Alex Sanchez

WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) has no doubt that the winner of his bout against WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29 will be crowned the number one boxer pound-for-pound in the world.

“Definitely, the winner of this fight will be the best fighter in boxing, period,” Spence said to Premier Boxing Champions’ Ray Flores.

The bout has been a long time in the making and after negotiations fell apart last year, it looked like it might not ever happen.

But the undefeated duo made direct contact and nutted out the final details of the deal that prevented the bout from getting over the line the first time around.

If anything, the delay in sign-off has only made the fight bigger.

“I’m definitely feelin’ the buzz. I been feelin’ the buzz. You know, I go to the store, go anywhere, and the first thing someone asks me is when me and Terence Crawford gonna fight,” Spence continued.

“I knew it was a fight that I had to make happen, both of us had to make happen because this is what the public definitely wanted. This is what everybody wanted. This is what I wanted. This is what he wanted. And [this] will prove who is the man at the welterweight division – not only the man at the welterweight division, but who is the man in boxing.”

The 33-year-old Spence from Desoto in Texas has insisted that he is the A-side in this matchup, but will enter the bout as the underdog against switch-hitter Crawford, 35, who hails from Omaha, Nebraska.

Not that that bothers him.

“I’m not worried about being the underdog,” the southpaw said. “People can say what they say and have their opinions. I just have to go prove them wrong.

“I’ve been fighting the best for a long time. When you see all the legends of the sport, they fought each other and made historic fights. That’s what I want to do.

“Terence is one of the best fighters in the world and I’m one of the best fighters in the world, so we had to make this happen.

“I don’t know how much the size will factor into the fight until we get into the ring. They say he’s a strong guy and we’ll see next week.”

Spence has not been in action since April last year when he dominated and stopped Yodenis Ugas in 10 rounds.

The lengthy layoff will not be a problem according to Spence’s trainer Derrick James.

“We’ve been training and sparring a lot since Errol last fought, so it’s not like he hasn’t been in the ring,” James said.

“He’ll just have to adjust to Terence’s timing in the fight. It might take a couple of rounds, but once he figures it out, he can do everything he has to do.

“The perfect performance is a victory. I don’t care how he gets it, it’s just that he gets it. That’s what we’re working for.”