Yordenis Ugas winner in Texas this weekend, Errol Spence Jr. added the WBA title to his WBC and IBF welterweight crowns. To unify his category, he has one more title to win: Terence Crawford’s WBO version. After years of lost hopes, this fight between the two undefeated Americans must finally take place in 2022. RMC Sport explains why it has to be this way and why it makes fans of the noble arts salivate so much.
After more than 16 months without entering the ring due to retinal detachment, many wondered what his current level was. They are reassured. Errol Spence Jr dominated from start to finish, even as he got a scare in the sixth round from eating a good right after losing his mouthguard, Errol Spence Jr recalled the fond memories of the boxing world this weekend – finish in Texas by taking first Yordenis Ugas before the limit – a TKO on medical stoppage in the middle of the tenth round for an overly swollen right eye, eventually diagnosed with a broken orbital floor – to add the Cuban WBA title to his WBC and IBF versions and a unified three-belt welterweight world champion.
Before moving on to the appointment that all noble art has been waiting for for several years: a jolt to Terence Crawford, the WBO champion, for a total unification of the category. “Everybody knows who I want for my next fight,” the American boxer launched at the microphone after his win. I want Terence Crawford! This is the fight I want, the fight everyone wants. Terence, I’m coming for that damn belt! Supported in front of his screen, where he had fun judging each round between Spence and Ugas, his rival did not wait long to answer him: “Congratulations for this great fight. Now the real fight will take place. , let’s go! Keep my seat belts warm, I’ll come pick them up later in the year.”
And Spence responds with a message accompanied by a handshake emoji: “No need to say more.” Then “The Truth” to add a layer on Instagram by shouting “Bud” Crawford on the sidelines of an image where we see a shark (him) knocking on “TC”‘s door for his “tire season(belt season): “You know what time the champion is. It’s time to be legendary.” This upcoming Spence-Crawford clash has long seemed like a bubble bath with two boxers tied to competing promoters and infrequently working together. But that has changed.
Expected even more than Fury-Usyk
Crawford saw his contract with Top Rank expire and did not renew it. Now that he is a free agent, there are no hurdles to stop him from signing with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), Spence’s promoter, to face the latter. If all goes well and the two sides manage to come to an agreement (the split of the purse, which has already sparked heated exchanges between the two on social networks with a Spence claiming to earn a larger share as multiple champion , would at the heart of negotiations), their boxing duel could take place by the end of 2022.
Look no further: for a large proportion of specialists, this is indeed the most anticipated fight in all divisions of boxing. Even more than a shock between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk for the total unification of the heavyweights. Reasons for this enthusiasm? This battle between two undefeated (38-0 and 29 KO to Crawford at 34, 28-0 and 22 KO to Spence), which opened the door to a future superwelterweight rise, will allow the best American boxer in all designate categories. combined, unofficial status but with strong symbolism considering how many champions this country between the ropes has produced.
It will also designate the best welterweight in the world and, thanks to Spence’s win over Ugas, offer one of the nobility’s densest categories its first undisputed champion since the beginning of the four-belt era. If Crawford wins, he will also become the first undisputed multi-category male champion since the beginning of the four-band era after soaring into welterweight. This fight will mainly be an ode to boxing with two fighters at XXL technical level, two ring artists who have to offer us a memorable fight. Your mouth is watering, what, and we can’t wait to be there. That’s good, we don’t have to wait long.