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Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr closing in on battle of the best vs the best

Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford. Photo credit: talkSPORT

The wait is almost over to discover who is the best welterweight on the planet.

On Saturday night WBO champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) will pit his wits and skills against volume punching WBC, WBA and IBF champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The winner of the bout between two undefeated boxers in their primes will have a solid case to be made as the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the world right now.

The 147-pound division has given us some classic battles in the past quarter century – think Oscar De La Hoya’s fights against Felix Trinidad and Shane Mosley – but it has also delivered some stinkers when the bouts were made too late – think Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao.

Spence vs Crawford fits firmly into the former category.

“This fight is happening at the right time. We’re both prizefighters. 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 said.

“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.”

Crawford’s trainer Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre agrees.

“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,” McIntyre said.

The 33-year-old Spence, a southpaw who hails from Desoto, Texas believe his work rate and pressure will break down Crawford, who is known as a slow starter.

But Omaha, Nebraska native Crawford, 35, is confident that he can hold his ground in the early going and made the necessary adjustments to pull out the victory.

“He thinks he’s gonna bulldoze me and break me, but he’s gonna 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,” Crawford said.

Switch-hitter Crawford will enter the fight as the betting favourite, but he says he feels like the underdog. Despite winning world championships in three separate weight classes and unifying all four major world titles at junior welterweight, he believes he has never got his just due.

“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.

“I think I could beat anybody at any sport. That’s just my nature. I play to win.”