Spence Motivated By Underdog Status: “I Keep Defying The Odds”

Errol Spence Has No Issue with Being Labeled an Underdog

Errol Spence welcomes the underdog label against Terence Crawford
Errol Spence welcomes the underdog label against Terence Crawford

Errol Spence Jr. Welcome Underdog Status Against Terence Crawford

Unified 147-pound champion Errol “The Truth” Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) has a very unfamiliar label on him ahead of his highly anticipated undisputed showdown with WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) on July 29. The Truth is being viewed as the underdog to the Nebraska native. Most fighters on his level would feel disrespected by such a notion. However, that’s not the case with Spence Jr.

The unified champion knows why most feel that way and even admitted to himself that he should be the underdog. Considering his nearly fatal car accident in October of 2019 and the detached retina back in 2021, it’s not entirely shocking. Let’s also give respect to Crawford and his skills, which are the number-one reason people think Spence is the underdog.

In an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast, Spence acknowledged his underdog status ahead of the megafight.

“I can see why he is the favorite; it’s just common sense. I’m realistic. A lot of stuff that I’ve been through, just the stuff that people know about. You know, I would pick him as the favorite too. You know stuff happens, but I keep defying the odds. Everybody thought I was going to be a shell of myself after I came back from the car crash, and I came back, you know, and have been doing my thing ever since. The eye injury – came back, and I’ve been doing my stuff ever since. So you know I keep defying the odds, so people can keep saying whatever they’re saying and keep talking negative, but they don’t know that’s really just added motivation.”

To the surprise of everyone, he has defied odds most wouldn’t and is in prime position to join a rare group of fighters as an undisputed champion. Will he be able to get the better of Terence Crawford? We’re just over a month away from finding out.

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