After years of rumors and failed attempts to schedule a fight, it looks like Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford might actually step into the ring to square off in 2022.
By ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, Spence and Crawford are reportedly in the process of reaching an agreement to fight in October to determine the undisputed welterweight champion. The PBC-produced fight would take place in Las Vegas if all goes according to plan. Spence is the WBC, IBF and WBA (Super) champion, while Crawford is the WBO champion.
A Golden Gloves champion in 2009, Spence made his professional debut in 2012. In 2017, he defeated Kell Brook for the IBF welterweight title and defended it six times. In a memorable fight, Spence defeated Shawn Porter in September 2019 to win the WBC title. Just two weeks later, Spence was involved in a horrific solo car accident where his Ferrari flipped over multiple times, throwing him from the car. This landed him in the intensive care unit.
He returned to the ring in December 2020 to beat Danny Garcia and retain his titles. After recovering from a retinal tear that forced him to pull out of a fight against Manny Pacquiao, Spence faced Yordenis Ugas in April for the WBA (Super) welterweight title. Spence defeated Ugas via TKO after Ugas’ eye was swollen.
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“Everyone knows who I want next. I want Terence Crawford next,” Spence said after the Ugas fight.
This is the fight I want, this is the fight everyone wants. Terence, I’m coming for that fucking belt!
A Golden Gloves silver medalist, Crawford made his professional debut in 2008. Crawford became the welterweight champion in 2014, and in 2017 he held the WBO, WBO, WBA and IBF titles. Crawford in 2018 defeated Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title. He defended the belt five times, the last fight a TKO win in November over Shawn Porter.
Crawford recently left Top Rank behind. He would eventually sue Arum and Top Rank, seeking nearly $10 million against Arum after he alleged “outrageous racial bias” that kept him from getting any major fights for the champion.
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Both fighters have been calling for a fight against each other for years. Recently, Crawford spoke about behind the gloves about his interest in confronting Spence.
“I want this fight,” Crawford said, via the boxing scene. “If it happens, it happens.
I’ve been asking for it for years. If it’s not, it’s not. Fight fans must be the ones pushing for this. They must be those who demand it. I did my part. I did my part in being professional by reviewing everyone they put in front of me. I don’t know what I can do different, or more.