Terence Crawford, a sure-first ballot pick for the hall of fame, has spoken about how he is content with his career to date as he prepares for his date of destiny with Errol Spence Jr on July 29 in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile arena. Crawford, a three-weight world champion (undisputed at junior welterweight) faces Spence in the biggest and most challenging test of his career as he aims to become the undisputed welterweight world champion.
The 35-year-old Crawford was given a training camp farewell over the weekend in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, before he headed off to his long-time training base in Colorado with trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre.
Speaking at the event, which a representative of FightHype filmed, Crawford talked about the magnitude of the occasion regarding fighting Spence Jr.
“Well, one of them for sure,” he answered.
“This is for the supremacy of the welterweight division. You’ve got two top pound-for-pound fighters in their prime. This is one of those fights where it’s a pick em’ fight in everybody’s eyes and maybe one of the biggest fights in the last decade.”
If Crawford were to win on July 29, it would see the Nebraska native return to the perceived pound-for-pound ratings, which have seen new players enter the reckoning over the last nine years following the capture of his maiden world title. The likes of Vasyl Lomachenko, Naoya Inoue, Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury, Devin Haney, Gennady Golovkin, Gervonta Davis and Errol Spence jr are just some of the names to have been ranked on many respected “P4P” lists however, Crawford for almost of the entirety of his respected reign’s has remained a constant on such ratings.
Crawford added that he was very content with his career upon reflection and that it is a “hall of fame” worthy career but did admit that a win over Spence Jr would be the “Cherry on top” of a stellar career.
I’m very comfortable with my career right now,” he said.
“I feel like I already accomplished a hall-of-fame career. I’m happy with where I’m at, but I’ll be satisfied once this job is done. I would say this is the cherry on top.”
Spence Jr is undoubtedly the more natural welterweight out of the pairing, having fought at welterweight throughout his career and collecting the IBF, WBC & WBA world titles in the process. Crawford dismissed people’s concerns that Spence Jr would be much physically bigger than him and that he backs himself to make a statement on July 29.
“In my eyes, all my life, I’ve been a smaller guy, but I was always the strongest guy but come fight night, we’ll see.
“Every fight, I’m always looking to make a statement,” he said.
“Every time I set foot in the ring, I want to make a statement, and yes, July 29, I’ll be looking to make a statement.”