Spence and Crawford trade jabs on social media
As usual, the place fighters use primarily to vent or fire shots at their rivals is social media. The two fighters’ fans want to see in the ring before the end of 2021, unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (27-0, 21ko) and rival WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28ko), were letting the verbal jabs fly.
QUICK LOOK BACK
Spence Jr and Crawford had fans tuned in to their back-and-forth social media attacks. This is not the first time these two champions have traded words, sending social media into a frenzy. In 2020, the WBO champion replied to his rival’s “other side of the street” remark and accused his divisional counterpart of hiding.
“You the one running behind this wrong side of the street BS…Stop using the fucking promoters, managers, and advisors for that weak-ass excuse.”
The unified champion, who fights under the Premier Boxing Champions banner, fired back with two hard-hitting replies.
“I don’t choke off smoke dude!.. Fight not going to be made on here.”
Equally important, there are two reasons why this fight has not happened just yet. In 2019, the unified champion’s fatal car crash almost deprived him of having a career, which was a major setback. The following year was the COVID-19 pandemic that kept fans from attending fights, thereby hampering the revenue stream and crushing any dreams of all blockbuster fights from happening for the majority of the year.
WHO IS HOLDING UP THE FIGHT?
In 2020, The Truth returned to the ring, forgoing a tune-up and jumping straight into the fire. He was victorious in defending both titles against two-divisional champion Danny “Swift” Garcia. Furthermore, his dominant performance was a sign to the division that the top dog was back. The boxing community’s eagerness to see him face the WBO champion went into hyperdrive.
Depending on who you ask, fans have always been split down the middle about where the blame should go for the fight not happening. Moreover, the online debates really got heated after the Texas unified champion suggested a 60/40 split in his favor.
In a recent interview, Top Rank promotions CEO Bob Arum appeared on The Three Knockdown Podcast and he made it clear that fans should not blame PBC’s head honcho Al Haymon, someone he himself blamed in the past. It is the unified champion keeping the fight from happening.
THE CLAP BACKS
Spence was not going to let that fly, and he took to social media to clap back at the legendary promoter.
“Lien ass Bob strikes again.”
Crawford chimed in supporting his promoter and the banner he fights under. In the process, he created some mic-dropping remarks.
The WBO champion would drop one more classic burn to end the verbal assault.
Despite both champions trading verbal jabs on social media for our entertainment, the boxing community would rather see them trading leather in the ring.
By: Garrisson Bland