WBO world welterweight champion, Terence Crawford (39-0, 30KOs), has given details on how his undisputed welterweight title encounter with Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22KOs)was made. He picked up the phone and spoke to the man who would be in the opposing corner on July 29th.
A bout between the undefeated pairing had long been in the offering and desired by the boxing industry, who are undoubtedly first ballot hall of fame fighters due to their talents and accomplishments.
Famously, both fighters have been showcasing their talents on differing networks, with Crawford showcasing his on HBO & ESPN throughout the vast majority of his career after a long-term promotional relationship with Top Rank. Crawford became a free agent leading into 2022 following the expiry of his promotional deal with Top Rank. Crawford would only have a single fight in 2022 against David Avanesyan, a sixth-round knockout in defence of his WBO world title in December.
Speaking to the MMA Hour, Crawford talked about how he called Spence Jr and that the common consensus between the pair was that they agreed to do everything possible to get the fight over the line.
“This time around felt completely different. You know, me and Errol we actually got on the phone and we both agreed that we both were going to do our best to make sure this fight happened. And we got it done.
“We here now, we’re about to put on, you know, one of the best welterweight showdowns and in a long time. I called him, I’m like hey listen, man, let’s get it on, and he was like he was all for it so, we both had the same mission, the same goal, to become undisputed, welterweight champion of the world and make history.”
The contest will be held at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be broadcast by Showtime PPV, who are hoping the recent success of their pay-per-views success with Gervonta Davis & Ryan Garcia will crossover into one of the most essential & anticipated fights in boxing in recent years.