The welterweight megafight is finally set, so how do Spence and Crawford match up?
At long last, Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford will meet for welterweight supremacy on July 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, sources told ESPN, and unlike Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, this matchup is materializing while both are still in the prime of their careers.
Crawford and Spence will earn eight figures guaranteed, per sources, and there’s a bilateral rematch clause that the loser can trigger within 30 days after the fight (the rematch must take place before the end of the year. Crawford signed a two-fight deal with PBC, sources said.
The undisputed welterweight championship will be on the line in the welterweight summit meeting, a fight that has been in the making for five years. Spence-Crawford is one of the most anticipated boxing matches in some time, and with good reason.
Crawford is ESPN’s No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer and Spence is No. 4; neither has come all that close to losing. They’ve both displayed mean streaks in the ring, too: Spence is coming off a TKO victory over Yordenis Ugas in April 2022, while Crawford scored a spectacular KO of David Avanesyan in his most recent performance in December.
How do Spence and Crawford match up? Who holds the edge? ESPN takes an early look at this potential super fight.
Absolutely. This is the rare time boxing marinated a matchup to perfection. Sure, the fight has been plenty viable since 2018, but never has there been more on the line for Spence and Crawford.
With his win over Ugas in April 2022, Spence returned from surgery in August 2021 to repair a detached retina and picked up a third welterweight title. The bout with Crawford will crown an undisputed champion, something that seemed almost impossible in the past.