Errol Spence: “I’ll punish Terence Crawford!”
By now, everyone is aware how the recent COVID-19 pandemic has plagued boxing. However, through the use of social media, the sport is finding a way of maintaining fans’ interest.
Premier Boxing Champions has also been affected by fight cancellations. Looking to adapt to the current situation, the boxing brand has taken to social media with a show called Time-Out featuring Ray Flores.
Unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence (26-0, 21ko) was a guest on the flagship program. He went into details surrounding the fight all of the boxing community wants to see, WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford.
This fight must happen. It is this generation’s mega-fight equivalent to “Sugar” Ray Leonard vs Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix “Tito” Trinidad, and Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao.
Spence was dubbed the boogeyman of the division after finally capturing the IBF championship by defeating Kell “Special K” Brook in 2017. At the time, then-unified champion Keith “One Time” Thurman famously said of fighting the Texas southpaw, “Not on my immediate to-do list.”
Moreover, social media didn’t spare One Time any mercy at all…period!
Fast forward and the roles have reversed. Thurman was plagued with injuries that resulted in him dropping the WBC title. Next would come the loss of the WBA title to future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao.
Spence sits atop the division holding both the IBF and WBC belts. Additionally, there is a huge bulls-eye on his back that is targeted by everyone at welterweight.
Crawford, after grabbing the WBO title from Ricky Burns and defending it twice at lightweight, he would move up and completely conquer the junior welterweight division to be crowned the undisputed champion. This meant that an obvious move to the second most-prestigious division in all of boxing was next.
Furthermore, after grabbing the WBO welterweight championship by dominating then-champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, the Nebraska native became a three-divisional champion. This immediately had boxing fans eyeing a showdown with the now unified Texas champion.
BACK FROM THE PAST
Okay now that we are all caught up, let’s get down to business.
Knowing that the fans are only interested in one fight and want to hear one name, all ears intensely listened as the Spence laid it all out.
“Me and Terence, we gonna get in there and try to kill each other. So I mean you gotta pay us our worth. As long as the money is there, the money is in the pot and it makes sense, it’s definitely is going to happen.”
“I have talked to Al (Haymon) about the fight before. We had numerous discussions about it and he has said the same thing. When it makes sense, it is going to happen.”
“Hopefully it can happen next year, I’m looking to that. I am looking to fighting Terence Crawford. A lot of fans and people from Omaha, a lot of his fans saying I am ducking him. That’s not the case at all. I have face-timed Terence Crawford before anyway, we have face-timed probably a couple of months ago.”
Spence expressed confidence in his ability to defeat the rival WBO champion with one final statement.
“At the end of the day, I feel like I’ll wash Terence Crawford. I feel like I will beat him, I will punish him.”
By: Garrisson Bland