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Carl Froch changes opinion on who will win Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford fight this weekend

Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Carl Froch has jumped ship on his prediction as to who will win this weekend’s undisputed welterweight title clash between WBC, WBA and IBF champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) and WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

Last month the retired three-time super middleweight champion tipped Omaha, Nebraska’s Crawford, 35, to get the job done against Spence.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Froch on Fighting, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee laid it out like this: “I like the older, wiser Terence Crawford. Errol Spence is a fantastic talent, a great fighter. Crawford is as well, but he’s just a bit older and a bit wiser and, when he needs to, he can step it up a level.

“He’s a bit similar to Oleksandr Usyk in the heavyweights. If he has a bad round, he then just steps on the gas. I think Crawford has that slight extra gear and is that little bit more special.

“So I’d say Crawford beats Spence, but it really is a 51-49 percent fight, nothing in it. It’s one I’m really looking forward to.”

But as the fight gets closer, Froch has reneged on his pick and is now leaning towards Spence, 33, of Desoto, Texas to get the job done.

“I want to say Terence Crawford, but I also want to say Errol Spence!” Froch said on talkSPORT. “As I’ve looked at this and done my research, the naturally bigger man is Errol Spence, and that size could be the difference, especially down the home stretch.

“Crawford’s a little bit older and has more miles on the clock, so I think I’m switching. I’m going Errol Spence to rip the script up.”

Froch is not alone in having a hard time trying to predict a winner in a fight many thought would never happen.

“This was one of those fights—but now it’s not because it is happening on July 29. It features two fighters who are fighting at the top of their game in what seems to me to be a dead even match-up,” said International Boxing Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein, who will call the fight for Showtime.

“There are so many scenarios that are plausible for this fight. It could be tactical in spots and a firefight in others. At the end of the day it is a true 50-50 match and that’s one of the reasons so many are anxiously awaiting July 29th.”

The winner of the bout will not only become undisputed, but will also be crowned the Ring Magazine champion and will rise to the number one position on many respected pound-for-pound lists.

As they say, to the victor goes the spoils.