Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford Tale of the Tape: How the two welterweight fighters compare ahead of July bout
The undisputed mega superfight between ERROL SPENCE JR and Terence Crawford has finally been CONFIRMED.
The two welterweight rivals have been circling each other since Crawford moved up to the 147-pound class in 2018 and won the WBO belt.
Advertising and television alliances kept the undefeated Americans apart, much to the annoyance of boxing fans.
But after leaving Top Rank and ESPN as a free agent, Crawford was able to enter into negotiations with Spence’s Premier Boxing Champions stable.
After months of speculation, the pound-for-pound stars have agreed to fight.
And now that the attorneys have cleared up some outstanding issues, the highly anticipated welterweight fight takes place on Saturday, July 29th in Las Vegas.
The battle will last almost half a decade and will finally decide who is number 1 in the division.
Crawford, 35, is a three division champion who has won belts from lightweight to welterweight.
And he has long competed with Canelo Alvarez (32), Oleksandr Usyk (36) and Vasiliy Lomachenko (35) for the top spot in boxing.
Meanwhile, Spence, 33, is the current uniform boss, with WBC, WBA and IBF belts to his name.
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He first won the IBF version in 2017, traveling to Sheffield and dethroning 37-year-old Kell Brook in 11 rounds.
Spence then took the WBC crown from Shawn Porter, 35, in a 2019 thriller, but he was lucky to survive a car accident a month later.
The Texan returned in December 2020, defeating Danny Garcia (35) and then winning the WBA belt from Yordenis Ugas (36) in April.
Crawford has not been in the ring since November, when he retired Porter in the tenth of the scheduled twelve rounds.
And now he’s setting the stage for an undisputed title fight with Spence after the pair managed to retain all four belts.
Crawford, who started his career at lightweight, is the smaller of the two but much more versatile.
Arguably the best switch hitter in the sport, he can box in either stance, offering all styles.
But Spence knows he has the physical advantage and even though he has 22 knockouts compared to Crawford’s 30, he will feel like the better puncher.
And the 2012 Olympian will also feel confident having shared the ring with the higher profile opponents, particularly at welterweight.
The two are similar in size and not far apart in range, meaning the best technician has the edge.