The fight everyone wanted but most, after years of delays and accusations, figured might never happen is this Saturday night.
Ye of little faith.
The reps for both fighters discussed the bout for years.
The public clamored.
No deal, but then the fighters spoke.
Got it done.
“Errol and I got on the phone to get the biggest fight in boxing made. We both understood the assignment and had the same goals and dreams in mind. We came together to make sure we were both mature enough to get the fight made.”
Crawford told Yahoo Sports. “We couldn’t go by and not have this fight occur, “It meant too much for the both of us.”
Good for them. Boxing needs this.
Terence Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion, is 39-0, with 30 big knockouts.
Errol Spence, 28-0, 22 knockouts, holds the IBF, WBA, and WBC belts.
Crawford is the odds-on favorite – by a hair.
Spence is taller and bigger.
No biggie, says Crawford.
“I’m not worried about any size difference,” said Crawford two weeks ago at a press conference.”Even Jose Benavidez Jr. was a big welterweight. This is nothing new. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”
Spence was last seen in the ring, dismissing Yordenis Ugas. Years ago, many spoke of Spence as a machine. He rolled over his opponents.
But Spence can box. See the Mikey Garcia fight.
Spence, a titleholder for six years now, is calculated and patient. He almost died in a horrific automobile accident three years ago. He returned to handle a docile Danny Garcia. A torn retina sidelined him for a while.
He’s here and ready. A survivor in more ways than one.
“I didn’t want to risk anything that would jeopardize this fight,” said Spence. “I was willing to sacrifice to wait on Terence. Everyone knows the magnitude of this fight and what this means for our legacy. I put the ego to the side.”
Crawford’s rise has been very impressive. He picked up his first world title nine years ago in Glasgow. Unified the division by whipping Julius Indongo. The Nebraska native took out Jeff Horn in 2018 to add the WBO welterweight title to his resume. Crawford has successfully defended his crown six times, including ten straight knockouts.
Crawford is ready.
“This fight puts a stamp on everything that I’ve accomplished in this sport,” Crawford said. “People have tried to discredit me for this and that and have been calling for this fight. This solidifies everything.”
Crawford is slightly favored – which doesn’t bother Spence in the least.
“I’m not worried about being the underdog,” said Spence during a media workout last week. “People can say what they say and have their opinions. I’ve been fighting the best for a long time. When you see all the legends of the sport, they fought each other and made historic fights. That’s what I want to do.”
He’s doing it.
Spence is the bigger man, but Crawford is more athletic. He’s smart, adaptable, and sometimes awkward. Southpaw Spence is textbook. A machine. Both are resilient.
It could come down to who hurts whom first.
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