Home Boxing News Terence Crawford demolishes Errol Spence Jr in nine to prove his greatness

Terence Crawford demolishes Errol Spence Jr in nine to prove his greatness

Terence Crawford (left) lands on Errol Spence Jr. Photo credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) has cemented his name in the history books with a shockingly one-sider knockout victory over Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old Crawford from Omaha, Nebraska entered the fight as the WBO 147-pound champion while Spence, 33, of Desoto, Texas carried the WBC, WBA and IBF belts. Most fans and pundits viewed the bout as a true pick ’em contest, but it proved to be anything but.

Southpaw Spence started well in the opening round as he established his jab to the body and head and started finding the range for his left cross. But it didn’t take long for the momentum to shift with switch-hitter Crawford, fighting out of the left-hand stance, landing a ramrod jab in the second frame to score a flash knockdown.

Normally known as a slow starter, Crawford fought at a quicker pace than we are accustomed to seeing, catching Spence with counters when he over extended himself. By the fourth round he was taking the lead himself, chopping up Spence with slashing shots from either hand.

In the seventh Spence found himself on the deck against, not once but twice. The first time was courtesy of a right uppercut followed by a right hook from Crawford as he countered off the ropes. The second time it was from a double right hook.

With Spence’s face bloodied and busted up, it wasn’t a question of if Crawford would win by knockout, but when.

The end came in the ninth stanza when Crawford visibly hurt Spence again. The follow up barrage of shots sent Spence reeling backwards across the ring and referee Harvey Dock wisely stepped in to halt proceeding at the 2:32 mark.

If Crawford had any remaining doubters going into the fight, he should have none now.

“I’m so mixed with so many emotions I could cry right now,” Crawford said after the bout. “I always dreamed of being a world champion. Nobody believed me. I’m an overachiever… It means everything because of who I took the belts from. Tonight, I showed how great I am.”

Crawford paid tribute to Spence and said he would be happy to give him a rematch if that was what he wanted.

“Errol Spence is a tremendous talent, he has a great jab, so our main focus was his jab,” he said. “You take away his best attribute and the rest follows. We had to jab with him, a firm jab, and stop him in his tracks.

“It was a good stoppage. I was on the verge of landing hard shots and I’m a great finisher.”

Spence took his defeat in his stride.

“He was the better man tonight,” admitted Spence. “He was using his jab. My timing was off, and he was just catching me with shots. He was just better tonight. He was throwing the harder jab and he had his timing down on point. My timing wasn’t on point.”

Along with four sanctioning body belts, Crawford is now the Ring Magazine welterweight champion of the world and will be elevated to number one on many reputable pound-for-pound lists.

With the victory Crawford becomes the first male boxer in the four-belt era to hold all major sanctioning body titles simultaneously twice.