Terence Crawford Open to Errol Spence Rematch at 154
Terence “Bud” Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) is on top of the boxing world following his ninth-round stoppage over Errol “The Truth” Spence (28-1, 22 KOs) to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. Crawford already has his eyes on a potential rematch and has no problem with it happening at either 147 or 154.
DOWN TO DO IT AGAIN
There is a rematch clause that Spence intends to exercise. The former unified champion wants it to happen at 154. When asked if he’s open to having the rematch with Spence at 154, Crawford said the following during the post-fight press conference:
“It definitely don’t have to be at 147. Like I said, I’m in the hurt business. 147 was kind of hard for me, too. I was already talking about challenging (Jermell) Charlo. So, 154 wouldn’t be out of reach of anything.”
It was known throughout boxing circles that Spence struggles to make the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. During the lead-up to the fight with Crawford, The Truth strongly suggested that this would be his last fight as a welterweight. He would love for a rematch to happen at junior middleweight. Crawford’s comments indicate he would not mind fighting at a higher weight.
CEMENTING HIS STANDING
Overall, it was a historic night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as Crawford became the first man to become a two-time undisputed world champion in the modern-day, four-belt era. The pride of Ohama, Nebraska told the press that the win over Spence confirmed his standing as the top fighter in the sport.
“Without a doubt. Like I told everybody once before, the winner out of this fight is going to be number one pound for pound, hands down . . . You got two fighters that’s in the top pound for pound ratings, how can it not be number one pound for pound?”
For years, some boxing insiders didn’t view Crawford as a pay-per-view attraction and questioned his resume at welterweight. Crawford feels the victory over Spence vindicates his greatness and star power, and shuts up his detractors once and for all.
There are already rumblings Crawford-Spence II could happen by the end of this year. If that is the case, all signs are pointing towards it occurring at 154, not 147.