Red Spikes: Size Might be an Issue
Of all the tantalizing bouts that can be made within the welterweight division, WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0, 27 KO’s) v WBC and IBF world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) remains one of the most sought after. The pair of fighters are easily considered two of the best in the sport, period. Let alone just the 147lbs division.
As one would expect, both Crawford and his team are confident that they would take the win home if the prizefight ever took place. Being armed with his diverse array of tools and abilities, Team Crawford believes that Bud will be able to properly adjust in real time to any obstacles that the Truth may present to him. And this is exactly what assistant coach Red Spikes explained to Lion Killa LC in a recent interview.
“I not going to give away what we plan on doing because I have actually been watching a lot of Errol here in this quarantine. I’ve been watching all his fights and watching them over and over. But I think that we have too much in the tool box, we are too versatile. We can fight backwards, we can fight forwards, we can fight righty, we can fight lefty, we can be defensive, we can be offensive if we want, we can fight mid-range, we can fight inside, we can fight long range.”
“It’s going to be a shock because I don’t believe that everyone has seen completely what Terence can do. Terence, to me, has not given an ‘A’ performance yet from what I have seen and I been watching him since he was twelve years old.” ~ Red Spikes
THE BIGGER THEY COME!
While it’s good to know that his team is very supportive and believes in his chances to defeat Spence, Team Crawford is not overlooking Spence in any way. They are well aware that he is a tremendous adversary. Realizing the danger that he could present, Spikes has dutifully taken into account those traits that he feels will be the most difficult to master.
“His size. I mean Terence is strong himself, but Errol is a big guy and having that guy try to press on you for twelve rounds, you know what I mean? And of course he’s got speed, he got a good jab, but I think his size and his strength might be the number one issue, maybe. But Terence is strong, you know Terence is sneaky strong so we’ll see! It’s just getting in there and figuring it out.”
It’s encouraging to hear that members of Team Crawford are actively thinking about and preparing for this would-be mega-fight. While it’s virtually impossible for this to happen in 2020, lets hope that this sensational bout is realized in 2021.
By: Bakari Simpson