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Terence Crawford says win over Errol Spence Jr will make his critics change their tune

Terence 'Bud' Crawford and his trainer Brian 'Bomac' McIntyre

WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) is looking for a career-defining performance when he takes on WBC, WBA and IBF champion and fellow unbeaten Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence 28-0 (22) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

The winner will likely be crowned the number one boxer in the world on many pound-for-pound lists. The esteemed Ring magazine currently has Crawford and number three and Spence at number four behind heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk and super bantamweight Naoya Inoue.

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board also has Crawford and Spence at number three and number four respectively.

The 35-year-old Crawford from Omaha, Nebraska has long felt overlooked by the boxing establishment despite winning world title in three separate weight classes, including unifying all four major world titles at junior welterweight.

He expects the perception of him to change when he defeats Spence, 33, of Desoto, Texas.

“This fight means everything. This puts the cherry on top of my career. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I can’t wait to get it on,” Crawford said.

“We’re here in Las Vegas early to get used to the atmosphere and the heat. Come fight night, we’re gonna be 110% prepared. We’re adjusting well.

“The welterweight division has had a lot of great fights in the past and this will be another one next Saturday. There’s a bright future for the division as well with a lot of great talent coming up. It’s still a hotbed for the sport.

“I’m just here to win the fight. We’re both prizefighters and I don’t worry about any plans he’s making for after this fight. I don’t think about a knockout, I just think about getting the victory and that’s what I’m gonna do next Saturday.

“I think I could beat anybody at any sport. That’s just my nature. I play to win. If I’m gonna challenge you, I’m coming to win and I believe that wholeheartedly. That could be anybody. Even if I’m playing Michael Jordan in one-on-one.

“He thinks he’s gonna bulldoze me and break me, but he’s gonna have to show me. All of that talk is fuel to the fire that’s already burning. He’s gonna have to prove everything that he’s saying come fight night.

“This fight is happening at the right time. All the belts are on the line, so there’s even more to fight for. What better way to have this fight than to have it for the undisputed welterweight title?”

Crawford’s trainer Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre is also on a war footing.

“This is the fight to shut the haters and non-believers up,” McIntyre said. “It’s the icing on the cake for one hell of a career. You have to be dialed-in when you’re going up against a fighter like Errol Spence Jr, with a trainer like Derrick James. We want to keep the outcome in our hands by putting on a dominant performance.

“It’s not just another day at the office, but this is something that we live, eat, sleep, think. That’s how we got to this point. We know what it takes and we’re right back at it.

“This is one of the best fights to be made this century, with both guys being undefeated and with everything Terence accomplished. It means a lot and I’m expecting a lot of fireworks.

“Don’t miss this pay-per-view. As long as Errol Spence Jr brings his ‘A-game’, you’re gonna see one of the best performances ever out of Terence Crawford. I pray that we get the best Errol Spence Jr, because there’s a better Terence Crawford to be seen.”