Crawford says if Spence Jr. activates rematch clause it’ll take place by December

Undisputed world welterweight champion Terence Crawford said Thursday that if his boxing rival Errol Spence Jr. activates his rematch clause then they’ll likely fight again by December.

Crawford defeated Spence by ninth round stoppage on July 29 after dropping him three times and dominating him at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The one-sided nature of the brutal victory came as a surprise even though the 35-year-old was regarded by bookmakers as a slight favorite in the match.

Crawford’s win was so resolute it leaves a question as to whether Spence will pursue a rematch he is contractually obligated to, or seek other contests instead. He has 30 days from the date of the first fight to make his decision.

Speaking to Hot97, Crawford told radio hosts Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg: “Probably, if it happens, it'll be by the end of this year.”

In the same interview, Crawford said that he expects the 33-year-old to fare better in a rematch.

He continued: “Without Errol giving me the opportunity and us coming together and him agreeing to it, with certain terms, y’all wouldn’t have witnessed history or greatness. It’s only right I give him the credit he deserves.

“If it wasn’t for Errol, this fight wouldn’t have happened. He played a big part in this fight happening because he stood on what he wanted to accomplish. He put his pride to the side. I put my pride to the side. 

“I give him the utmost respect and pay homage that we came together and made one of the biggest fights this century.”