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Opinions differ on how well Errol Spence Jr will perform against Terence Crawford at 154lb

Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford

Last week it was announced that Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) had activated the rematch clause in his contract with undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31).

Texan Spence, 33, was on the wrong end of a one-sided beatdown in Las Vegas on the last Saturday of July when Crawford dropped him three times and stopped him in the ninth.

The 35-year-old Crawford added the WBC, WBA and IBF belts to his WBO strap to become the only male boxer to achieve undisputed status in two separate weight classes in the four belt era.

If Spence did not have the contractual right to call for a rematch it is almost certain the return bout would not happen, so comprehensive was Crawford’s victory.

But the second time around they will clash at junior middleweight, a weight class that should suit Spence better after campaigning his entire career at 147-pounds.

His stablemate, undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, believes we will see a better version of Spence at 154-pounds.

“My boy Errol gotta fight him again,” Charlo told Million Dollaz Worth Of Game. “My boy Errol is gonna get his rematch.

“I know he trained his ass off. That weight just not his weight no more. I don’t wanna give no excuses.”

The higher weight is arguably the only way to sell the second fight. In the first bout Crawford had Spence on the deck as early as the second round and twice in the seventh. Crawford increased the heat with each passing frame, taking Spence into deeper and deeper water before drowning him.

Spence won just one round on all three judges’ scorecards – the first round on two cards and the third round on the other.

Promoter Eddie Hearn, who is not involved in the career of either boxer, was recently asked if he thought the sequel should go ahead. He did not mince words in his reply.

“No [I don’t think he beats Crawford], I don’t think so. I think that was a taxing fight for Errol Spence,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said on The DAZN Boxing Show.

“Without taking anything away from Terence Crawford’s performance, there are starting to be a few miles on the clock for Spence, whether it’s lifestyle, retina or car crash, whether it’s tough fights, and that kind of fight last time would do some more to take some extra miles off the tank.

“I do think he’d be stronger at 154. He’s been at 147 a long time, but I still think Terence Crawford is the big favorite in that fight.

“I don’t think it’s a fight people are clamouring for, so I think you’re going to have to find something to get Spence off the pan for that rematch.”