‘Finally giving the fans what they want’: Errol Spence Jr. and his welterweight rival Terence Crawford confirm their July 29th unification bout, ending YEARS of bickering with the most anticipated fight of 2023
Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22 KOs) will square off with welterweight rival Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) in a highly anticipated unification bout at Las Vegas‘ T-Mobile Arena on July 29, it has been confirmed.
Specifics of the deal such as purse sizes have not been publicized, but the title fight is on the books, giving the sport its most anticipated matchup since Gennady Golovkin first fought Saul ‘Canelo‘ Alvarez in 2017.
‘Finally giving the fans what they want!,’ Spence, the reigning WBC, IBF and WBA welterweight champion wrote on Instagram. ‘This one a throwback fight on paper but it could be a one sided ass whooping one of the biggest fight of the century!’
Crawford, the WBO champion considered by many to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, also confirmed the deal, albeit in his own way.
‘Time to reel in the big fish,’ Crawford wrote on Instagram. ‘No more talking.’
Both fighters have confirmed the July 29 bout, which will be on Showtime Pay Per View
WBO champ Terence Crawford does a postfight interview after knocking out David Avanesyan
Carlos Ocampo, left, and Errol Spence Jr. clash in a welterweight title fight in Frisco, Texas
The agreement is the result of years of negotiations between the two camps: Spence’s, led by Premier Boxing Champions’ Al Haymon and Crawford’s led by Creative Artist Agency’s Ish Hinson.
Previously, Crawford was signed to Top Rank, promoter Bob Arum’s outfit that rarely negotiates with Haymon’s PBC.
But with Crawford’s expiring contract, the Omaha native now has a contract for at least one fight with Spence. And best of all, it could be the first of several bouts between the two.
As reported by ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, both fighters can exercise a rematch clause by late August.
And if there is a rematch, it may not take place at 147 pounds, but rather at 154, giving the eventual winner an opportunity to challenge Jermell Charlo for the undisputed junior middleweight championship.
Spence already had plans to move up to 154 to fight former welterweight champion Keith Thurman, but has decided to fight Crawford at welterweight first.