ARLINGTON, Texas – in case you have been inspired via Terence Crawford sitting ringside Saturday nighttime, you probably won’t wish to read Errol Spence Jr.’s response to Crawford attending his battle against Danny Garcia. (photo through Ryan Hafey)
When requested afterward if Crawford’s look at AT&T Stadium supposed momentum turned into building toward them ultimately fighting next, Spence sternly mentioned “no” during a publish-fight press convention. Spence emphasized that he’s planning to come back to the ring sometime in the summer, however he didn’t precisely specific activity in facing Crawford next in the immediate aftermath of his 12-round, unanimous-choice victory over Garcia (37-3, 21 KOs).
“I mean, he gotta are living up to his phrases,” Spence said. “If he say he’s now not concerned about me, then I don’t understand what he turned into doing here. I likely wouldn’t go to none of his fights, so I’m no longer concerned about Terence Crawford. Like I referred to, I’m gonna delight in my time with my kids and relax, and simply examine this year-and-a-half that, you be aware of, I got here back and, you recognize, we’re gonna stream on to the summertime and notice who I combat. So, we’ll see. I’ve gotta consult with my manager, Al Haymon, and we’ll go from there.”
The seasoned-Spence crowd booed Crawford loudly before the delivery of the tenth circular Saturday evening, when Spence’s nemesis changed into shown on the massive screen above the ring at AT&T Stadium.
Crawford-Spence reputedly is the biggest boxing match that may also be made in 2021 outside of the heavyweight division. Crawford, the unbeaten WBO welterweight champion from Omaha, Nebraska, talked about earlier than and after his fourth-circular stoppage of Kell Brook on November 14 in Las Vegas that he isn’t worried about whether his showdown with Spence ever occurs.
Crawford’s contractual fame with longtime promoter Bob Arum and Arum’s criticism of Crawford following the Brook bout has fueled hypothesis regarding Crawford joining Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions sometime next yr. If Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) were to go away Arum’s true Rank Inc. for PBC, it might make Crawford-Spence simpler to position together than if Crawford is still with Arum’s company.
accurate Rank doesn’t have any welterweights beneath contract which are beautiful opponents for Crawford to combat next, however Arum and Crawford have stated they are looking to revisit negotiations for a lucrative combat towards Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino legend became inclined to face Crawford ultimate month, but talks for that battle to take area in the middle East ceased as soon as it grew to be clear fans would no longer be capable of attend if they fought there.
PBC, meanwhile, has promotable opponents for Spence to face when he returns in the summertime – most especially Pacquiao, Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) has fought for PBC in his remaining two bouts, but Pacquiao is also since facing Crawford and Mikey Garcia (forty-1, 30 KOs). Spence topped Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) by way of cut up resolution in an enjoyable, 12-circular, 147-pound title unification battle in September 2019 at Staples center in l. a..
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) has referred to he doesn’t wish to battle Thurman, but their contention may lead to them meeting subsequent year. Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC) has misplaced simplest a split resolution to Pacquiao and he has crushed Porter through unanimous resolution.
Keith Idec is a senior creator/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.