Welterweight titleholders Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr are both unbeaten, both in their primes, and have said repeatedly that they’re willing to fight, even if there’s always a “someday” attached to that.
WBO titleholder Crawford (36-0, 27 KO) and WBC/IBF titleholder Spence (26-0, 21 KO) are, of course, with rival promotional outfits and networks. Crawford, through Top Rank, fights on ESPN, and Spence, through PBC, is a FOX fighter.
But there has been some ice thawing there in recent months, with everyone coming together for Wilder-Fury 2 in February, which helped all involved do good business. That and the fact that COVID-19 may lead to boxers trying to force bigger fights when the sport returns could lead to Spence-Crawford (or Crawford-Spence, however it would be promoted) happening sooner than later, at least relatively speaking.
In a recent chat with Chris Mannix, Crawford says he and Spence have spoken a couple of times, including hopping on FaceTime with one another recently.
“It was just us talking about making a fight. And I talked about I’m gonna fuck him up.”
Crawford laughed, but to be clear, it’s no joke.
“It’s real. I truly feel like when we fight, I’m gonna fuck him up, and he feels the same way. That’s why it makes for a great fight.”
When Crawford said something similar about Kell Brook recently, it seemed like a statement, but now it appears “I’m gonna fuck you up” is just kinda how Terence Crawford says hello to people he might fight.
The 30-year-old Spence was hoping to return in the late spring or early summer after a one-car accident put his career in at least momentary jeopardy last fall, following his strong win over Shawn Porter in one of the best fights of 2019. The 32-year-old Crawford picked up a win in December over Egidijus Kavliauskas in his last fight.