LAS VEGAS — Errol Spence Jr. told ProBox TV and other reporters Saturday that he wants to fight Terence Crawford once again later this year.
“We gotta do it again,” said Spence, indicating that he’d prefer to exercise his contractual right to a rematch despite Crawford’s dominant performance.
After an opening round in which Spence started strong, he appeared to lose every round that the fight lasted, and got dropped three times as Crawford landed more power punches on the Texan than any opponent ever had before.
While Crawford was the bookmakers favorite his relentless dominance still defied expectations.
His masterclass was a worthy punctuation mark on a red carpet night that saw 19,990 fans, celebrities, and musicians flock to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
And everyone saw one clear thing unfold from the off — an American boxer who performed so incredibly on the grandest of stages that he etches his name into the annals of boxing history alongside other welterweight greats like Pernell Whitaker, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Jose Napoles.
Despite the one-sided defeat, Spence remained upbeat and envisions an improved display in a do-over.
“I’m going to be a lot better,” he said. “It’ll be a lot closer. It’ll probably be in December and the end of the year. I say we gotta do it again.”
Crawford added Spence’s WBA, WBC, and IBF world titles to his WBO championship to become the unified welterweight ruler with his knockout win.
“I showed how great I am,” Crawford told ProBox TV and other reporters at the post-event press conference.
With victory, Crawford advanced his pro boxing record to 40 wins (31 knockouts). He remains unbeaten.