We are essentially three weeks out from the mega-fight that is Errol Spence Jr., versus Terence Crawford which will see all four welterweight world titles on the line for the undisputed crown, on July 29th, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, also available on pay-per-view.
Derrick James, the trainer of Errol Spence Jr, who holds the IBF, WBA, and WBC welterweight world titles, is currently prepping lightweight Frank Martin for his Showtime Championship Boxing main event on Saturday, July 15th, Artem Harutyunyan, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"[Errol Spence Jr] is looking good, his weight is down [he is] ripped up - he is ready to go," said Derrick James when speaking to Marcos Villegas of FightHub TV. "All of the [training camps] are similar, but there is a little more veracity in [this camp]. When we are sparring the guys there is a little bit more ferociousness."
James reflects even further that Spence Jr.'s extra motivation for this fight comes from a deep want to accomplish the goal of being an undisputed champion. Though every camp is seemingly the same and high-level, Spence is now taking things to an extra level given the historical significance of the bout. An undisputed welterweight champion, but also settling the question of who is the best welterweight in the post-Floyd Mayweather era.
James also feels that despite the tremendous work ethic of Spence Jr., Crawford will match him in terms of conditioning, as he sees the type of training as two different high-level camps. Though Spence himself has been a tad bit disrespectful of Terence Crawford's resume.
"I think both them will be in great tip-top condition," said James. "Crawford, he trains in Colorado, so the altitude always helps. I think it will be good for both of them. [Spence is training] in 105 degree, 110 degree weather every day...its a beautiful situation, two different circumstances."
Spence Jr is now looking to follow in the footsteps of previous Texan and welterweight undisputed champion Donald Curry. The goal doesn't just seem to be about beating Crawford, but it is the legacy of being the undisputed world champion.
"This one [this fight] is the one he wanted when we initially started training," stated James. "He said he wanted to be the undisputed champion. It wasn't about Terence Crawford, it was about him getting one more belt. It was like when Jermell [Charlo]."