Venue: T-Mobile Arena
TV: TNT Sports Box Office
Terence Crawford is fancied to edge out Errol Spence Jr in this weekend’s mouth-watering welterweight unification clash in Las Vegas.
This long-awaited showdown has been brewing for some time and should provide fight fans with a real treat now it is finally happening.
Both boxers will enter the T-Mobile Arena with unbeaten records, but preference is for the 4/6 favourite in our opening Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence prediction.
Bud can boast complete record
Crawford is well known to British boxing supporters, having beaten Ricky Burns, Amir Khan and Kell Brook during his 39-0 record.
The American outpointed Scotland’s Burns in Glasgow back in 2014 and has more recently stopped Khan in the sixth round and Brook in the fourth.
Bud has been a world champion at lightweight, light-welterweight and now in the 147lb division, taking tough Aussie Jeff Horn’s WBO title just over five years ago.
Since then, there have been six successful defences, with Khan, Brook and two-time welterweight kingpin Shawn Porter all failing to last the distance.
Last time out, Crawford finished off European champion David Avanesyan inside six rounds in Nebraska.
He said: “This is the fight everybody has been yearning for. It’s one of the biggest fights in the past decade. When I go in the ring, it’s simple – I’m going to win.”
Although now 35, Crawford has shown no signs of feeling his age and is currently ranked the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet by ESPN and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Looking at the 9/4 to secure a 31st victory inside the distance.
The Truth may struggle in the trenches
Spence, just behind his opponent in most pound-for-pound lists, was a three-time American national amateur championships winner before being brought along slowly in the paid ranks.
He rattled off 21 straight wins in lesser company before claiming the IBF welterweight title with an 11th-round stoppage of Brook in Sheffield.
The Truth then took out former world champions Lamont Peterson and Mikey Garcia prior to adding the WBC belt to his trophy cabinet by beating Porter in September 2019.
Porter did enjoy some success in trying to rough up Spence during that fight, though, even if he was fortunate to get the nod from one judge in a split decision defeat.
Spence was sidelined for over a year after a car crash but returned by outpointing Danny Garcia and he was again well in front on the scorecards when stopping Yordenis Ugas late on to claim the WBA title.
Ugas was hampered by a swollen eye during that contest and natural welterweight Spence does not lack power in his punches.
He stated: “The last thing left to do is beat Terence Crawford. He’s a great fighter, but I’m going to break him and show everyone why I’m the best fighter in boxing.”
We’re just not sure how The Truth will react to having to dig deep in the trenches for this titanic tussle, as Crawford has the tools to push him harder than anyone has done before – especially after a 15-month absence.
Let’s add 18/1 for a ninth-round victory is put forward for those seeking bigger odds.
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