Errol Spence sends a message to Terence Crawford
One of the biggest and most demanded fights in boxing is unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (27-0, 21ko) and WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (38-0, 29ko). However, Spence’s recent social media post could still be a problem for Bud come time to negotiate.
Unquestionably, everyone in the boxing community is growing tired by the moment of waiting to see if this fight will finally take place. Hopefully, the boxing gods take a vacation from teasing fans and let the fight happen in 2022. But, there are still issues that will need to be addressed first, and one of them is Crawford’s unwillingness to accept a purse split less than 50/50.
In the past, Bud has publicly said that a fight with the Texas unified champion was not going to happen. However, he has been hunting for the Truth since leaving Top Rank after defeating two-time divisional champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter back on November 20.
A QUICK LOOK BACK
Crawford’s main issue in the past was the supposed purse split. Spence believes his accolades as a unified champion and being a bigger draw on the Pay-Per-View scale justify the bulk of the payday going to him.
“He’s a great fighter, but I feel like 60/40, that’s the right price.”Errol Spence Jr, unified welterweight champion
Crawford was not okay with that and decided to take his ball and go home.
“And they said it was me. I rest my case now, on to the next. That chapter is now closed.”Terence Crawford, WBO welterweight champion
THE PURSE SPLIT IS STILL A PROBLEM!
Crawford took to social media mocking Spence’s “big fish” statement while standing in the Ocean calling out his divisional rival. Then he publicly asked the IBF to make him the mandatory challenger for Spence.
“I’m looking for you Errol, Where are you at? I’m in the Ocean! You say you the big fish, I’m looking for you! Where yo ass at? Ole hoe ass.”Terence Crawford, WBO welterweight champion
“@IBFUSBAboxing can y’all make me mandatory at 147, so I can see something.”Terence Crawford, WBO welterweight champion
Fans are happy about Crawford showing some aggression towards making the fight. However, his mindset on what the split should be has not wavered. When someone on social media reminded him of saying that a 60/40 split was a no-go, the WBO champion’s reply doubled down on that belief.
The WBA confirmed that mandatory challenger, Eimantas Stanionis, has agreed to step aside to allow WBA ‘super’ champion Yordenis Ugas to fight Spence in a mega unification. This news sent shockwaves throughout the boxing community. Furthermore, Spence, if victorious, will hold three belts, meaning a fight with Crawford will be for the undisputed crown.
Spence, understanding the importance of this moment, took to social media with a message for the entire boxing community.
It’s unclear if the message is meant for Crawford or a reminder to the fans about who is doing the majority of the work. What is clear about his message is there will be no even purse split!
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By: Garrisson Bland