Terence Crawford is more than just a top fighter. His win on Saturday put him into the pound-for-pound number 1 ranking in the eyes of the viewers.
The fight of the decade took place on July 29th in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, a brawl between WBO World Welterweight champion Terence Crawford and WBC, WBA and IBO World Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
2023 has been the biggest and best year for boxing in a long time. Most notably along with this fight, Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia which sent a message to boxing figures around the world: that it’s not impossible to make fights happen between the best fighters.
The sport of boxing has seen a big downfall in recent years as the political figures within the sport haven’t been making the biggest and best fights happen. Yes, we’ve still had incredible fights, however the biggest draws in the sport have been kept separated for many years. A fight that particularly has been years in the making was the undisputed welterweight clash between two of the sports more prolific figures.
Back in May, both Terence Crawford and Errol Spence announced on social media that the pair would finally be settling the score down in Las Vegas during the summer. Crawford, who already was a former undisputed champion in a different weight class before, was the favourite coming into the bout, with Spence most recently coming off a TKO victory over Yordenis Ugas.
The first round of the fight was the only one Spence beat Crawford in. From round two onwards it was one way traffic, a complete train wreck. Spence seemed to be throwing for the sake of it, missing and having punches deflected by Crawford, who was much more composed and cleverer with his attacks, throwing only when he needed and landing much harder, faster and consistent blows than his Texas born rival. Not only did Spence get knocked down for the first time in his career during the scrap, he proceeded to topple over twice afterwards, after taking some vicious hooks to the side of his head.
The fight seemed like it was going Crawford’s way even before the first bell rang. Spence seemed out of it when entering backstage at the T-Mobile Arena, almost as if he was on some sort of drug. Crawford on the other hand looked ready as anything. The boxer was introduced to the state of Nevada crowd by popular 2000s rapper Eminem, who walked with Crawford down most of the pathway leading to the ring. ‘Bud’ as his nickname goes, wore a custom-made bespoke boxing outfit, with hints taking a leap on Errol. The now 28-1 fighter likes to go by the name of ‘Big Fish’, so Terence decided to incorporate a fishing net design into his boxing shorts, hinting that he’s about to catch and kill his next meal. Terence was also seen donning a diamond necklace with the words ‘PRIME’ on it, and was seen drinking the hydration beverage created by YouTuber’s KSI and Logan Paul last year. It’s now rumoured that ‘Bud’ joins the elite team of Prime endorsed athletes, which so far is made up of himself, and UFC World champions Israel Adesanya and Alexsander Volkanovski.
With four gold belts around his body for the 2nd time in his remarkable career, the options are still endless for Terence’s next fights. A rematch at 154 pounds with Spence was already been verbally agreed to in the aftermath, with this fight being down at 147 pounds, or a mega fight up at 154 against the undisputed super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo are already been thrown into the air.