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Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford offer last words ahead of undisputed clash

Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford. Photo credit: AP Photo/John Locher

The anticipation is almost over as the undisputed welterweight world 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 is just a day away.

Fight fans, pundits and amateur prognosticators have all had their say on who will win this historic match-up and offered their reasons why. Bookmakers have seen only a slight movement to make Crawford the favourite at $1.75 and Spence a nominal underdog at $2.20 head-to-head.

There is no lack of confidence on either side, either from the boxers of their trainers – Derrick James for Spence, Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre for Crawford.

The winner of the bout will not only be crowned the undisputed champion at 147-pounds as well as receiving the coveted Ring Magazine title, they will also find themselves promoted to the number one position on many reputable pound-for-pound lists.

But above and beyond that, they will be recognised as one of the best of their generation, guaranteeing them a place in the hallowed halls of Canastota.

Now with the weigh-in done and dusted – Spence came in bang on the 147-pound limit, while Crawford was marginally lighter at 146.8-pounds – it’s all done now bar the shouting.

“I’m gonna win because I’m the better fighter,” said Spence, 33, who hails from Desoto, Texas. “I’m better physically and mentally. I’m more durable. I’m gonna break him down and break his will… he’s gonna find out that my skills are superior.

“He’s talented, but when we talk about what my coach teaches, he’s gonna see that I have great offence, defense and stamina. It’s more than just talent… bring your seasoning on Saturday night, because we’re gonna have a crawfish boil. Bring that hot sauce too.”

Crawford shrugged off Spence’s prediction and painted him as just another scalp on his belt.

“He’s gonna find out the same thing that everyone else finds out,” said the 35-year-old Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska. “He’s gonna say that on TV I look one way. In the ring he’s gonna be seeing three of me.

“They say he’s the big bad wolf, but come fight night we’re gonna find out if he’s all that he says he is. He’s gonna have to show me.

“Everything about me is better than Errol. When you look at what I do in the ring, it’s better than what he does. Come fight night, I’m going to prove every doubter wrong. I’m going to show that I’m the best fighter in the world.”

With so much on the line and so little splitting the pair on paper, it is difficult to see this fight failing to live up to expectations.

Whichever way the cards fall, may the best man win.