Check out boxing tips and previews for Sunday’s Las Vegas showdown between WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford and WBC, IBF and WBA (Super) welterweight belt-holder Errol Spence Jr.
- Crawford – 39-0 (30 wins by KO/TKO)
- Spence – 28-0 (22 wins by KO/TKO)
- Crawford def David Avanesyan – Rd 6 KO – December 2022
- Spence def Yordenis Ugas – Rd TKO – April 2022
Two undefeated records and a pile of championship belts go on the line at T-Mobile Arena this weekend as welterweight studs Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford lock horns.
Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion is rated in the top four across all major pound-for-pound rankings (including No.1 by BWAA and ESPN), while WBA (Super), WBC and IBF welterweight champ Spence is a top-five staple. Another unbeaten force, Aussie Tim Tszyu, is eyeing off a potential bout with the winner.
The 39-0 Crawford last fought in December, racking up his 30th knockout (and eighth in succession) by stopping David Avanesyan in the sixth round.
It was Crawford’s sixth defence of the WBO title he took from Jeff Horn back in 2018. Previously, he was the undisputed light welterweight champion of the world.
Spence earned his first title by winning the IBF belt from Kell Brook in 2017, collected the WBC belt from Shawn Porter in 2019 and the WBA (Super) title in his most recent fight, a 10th-round TKO of Yordenis Ugas in April 2022.
The result took Spence – who had dominated the fight and was well ahead on all judges’ scorecards – to 28-0 with 20 knockouts.
This is a fight years in the making, the subject of countless hypothetical predictions until the pair were belatedly locked in to face one another.
Spence has a size advantage and a reputation as a power punch, while according to some pundits and rivals Crawford has avoided getting into toe-to-toe slugfests, instead preferring to move around the ring when the going gets heavy.
Both are technically outstanding, and while Spence is arguably more of a natural welterweight, having fought in the division for much longer, the higher-profile Crawford – regarded in the top tier of fighters in the modern era – has the edge in instinctiveness and X-factor.
The seemingly unflappable 147-pound southpaws have rarely appeared in trouble during their flawless careers, but they are sure to test one another after what shapes as a cautious opening handful of rounds.
Crawford hasn’t gone the distance since 2016 – though he has engaged in some lengthy duels during that time – while Spence has gone the full 12 rounds in three of his last four bouts. A touch of ring rust may be a factor with 15 months out of the ring compared to Crawford’s seven.
It should be a memorable fight in a year that’s already had it’s fair share, but Crawford looks the value option as a $1.65 favourite.