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Terence Crawford labels Error Spence Jr a 'nobody' as the pair face off at New York press conference

Terence Crawford‘s labeled Errol Spence Jr. a ‘nobody’ ahead of their blockbuster Vegas showdown in July, with light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez showing up at the fight’s press conference in New York, days after announcing his retirement.

Both boxers are undefeated – Spence is 28-0 with 22 knockouts and Crawford is 38-0 with 29 KOs. Spence holds the IBF, WBC and WBA belts, and Crawford is the WBO champion.

Both will face off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 29, with the fight set to be shown by SHOWTIME PPV.

‘I’ve been preparing my whole life for this moment, right here, ‘ Crawford said in front of reporters at the Palladium Times Square on Wednesday. ‘Moments like these, they don’t come often and this is my time. This is the Terence Crawford era. There ain’t no holding me back. Not Errol, not Derek. Nobody’s stopping me from accomplishing what I want to accomplish on July 29th. 

‘[…] I can assure you, I can promise that y’all are gonna walk away and y’all are gonna say ‘that kid is special.’ Y’all gonna mark me as one of the greatest of all time, right along with the Floyd’s, the Ali’s, the Frazier’s, and y’all can sit there and say ‘oh well you ain’t fought nobody.’ And my reply to that is ‘I guess Errol is just another nobody that I fought.’ Peace.’

Errol Spence Jr. (L) and Terrence Crawford (R) got right in each others face in NYC, Wednesday

Errol Spence Jr. (L) and Terrence Crawford (R) got right in each others face in NYC, Wednesday

Light welterweight champ' Teofimo Lopez showed up at the fight's presser days after retiring

Light welterweight champ' Teofimo Lopez showed up at the fight's presser days after retiring

Light welterweight champ’ Teofimo Lopez showed up at the fight’s presser days after retiring

Spence Jr, for his part, said that Crawford’s ‘not going to break,’ nor is he ‘definitely going to break,’ adding that somebody will have to eventually ‘break’ on fight night.

‘And we need all of y’all to support us,’ added the 33-year-old. ‘I mean we got to show these people in suits, we got to show other fighters that there is a reward in taking risk. […] I’m just grateful of being here, very blessed for this opportunity to be the first welterweight undisputed champion of the world and to fight a great fighter like Terrance Crawford.

‘I’m ready to put on a great show and a great performance and show people how great I am. And show people why I’ll be one of the best welterweights ever of all time. I’m telling you, you don’t want to miss this fight. This is gonna be a great fight. 

‘I’m going to put on a great show and I’m gonna show everybody why we’re breaking people. Make sure you’re tuned in July 29th. It’s gonna be another man down and this is strap season time.’

Both boxers proceeded to get into an intense back-and-forth after Crawford was asked to elaborate on how he’ll be ‘gutting the big fish’ — one of Spence’s ring names.

‘Well you know I like to go fishing…everybody knows that’s one of my hobbies…’ Crawford said before being interrupted by his rival. 

‘Man that’s cap!’ Spence Jr quipped. ‘You ain’t going to catch me with no fishing pole man. I’m the biggest. You ain’t catching me with a fishing pole. What it look like catching f***ing Moby Dick with a fishing pole?!’

‘They’ve all been caught before,’ Crawford replied. ‘Every last one of them and on July 29th, he’s gonna be caught too. I got a big enough hook for him and I’m already reeling him in. July 29th, I’m gonna put him on a bank. I’m gonna gut him and I’m gonna filet him, like I said.’

Spence told his opponent that it’s going to take him a whole lot more than a fishing rod to stop him, suggesting to Crawford to bring a submarine, before the latter went on with his trash talk. 

‘We’re going to catch him. As a matter of fact, we already caught him,’ said the three weight class champion. ‘We just reeling him right now. And July 29th, that’s probably when we’re going to get him to the bank. Probably weigh him, put him on a scale, chop his head off, cut him from the gut, the little butt up, take the little visceral, pull his skin off, take the little knife. It’s good. 

At 35 years old, Crawford's 38-0 with 29 KOs & is the WBO champion ahead of the fight in July

At 35 years old, Crawford's 38-0 with 29 KOs & is the WBO champion ahead of the fight in July

At 35 years old, Crawford’s 38-0 with 29 KOs & is the WBO champion ahead of the fight in July 

Spence Jr., 33,

Spence Jr., 33,

Spence Jr, 33, holds the IBF, WBC and WBA belts, and is currently 28-0 with 22 knockouts

Crawford then asked the crowd: ‘Y’all like fish? How many of y’all like fish?’ before turning to Spence’s father, who was in attendance, telling him: ‘I bet you like fish too, pops. C’mon you can say you like fish. You know your son’s ‘the big fish’ so he loves fish too. We’re going to give his pops a piece of big fish too.’

Spence, who was raised in Long Island, NY, saved the best trash talk for last, when he pointed out that he and his family are Jamaican and that they ‘smoke bud’, alluding to Crawford’s nickname, ‘Bud.’

‘You already how that goes,’ added the boxer with a 78 percent knockout win. ‘It’s legal in Vegas too so we’re gonna smoke your a** up. It’s legal in Vegas too so we’re gonna roll you up and smoke you up too. 

‘But you wanna know what the crazy part about it is? Y’all do smoke bud in Jamaica, I forgot, but this ain’t no kind bud. This ain’t no bud you can buy off the streets. It’s that marinated bud that you hit one puff, you might be seeing stars like how high. 

‘Just know.’ 

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