By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford is surprisingly beginning to market his July 29th fight against Errol Spence Jr by taking to social media to put in some effort to sell the contest on Showtime PPV.
In the past, Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) has stayed in the background, closed off, letting his opponents do the hard work of selling his fights on pay-per-view. If this time Crawford is going to help out promoting, that’ll be a welcome change.
WBO welterweight champion Crawford is talking about wanting to “fry this fish” when he gets in there with IBF, WBA & WBC champ Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) in their headline at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Crawford is going got need to put on some size because he looked atrophied in the video he posted today on Instagram. He’s lost muscle from months of inactivity, and he’s not big or strong enough to stand in the pocket and trade power shots with Spence, especially if Errol is averaging 70+ punches thrown per round.
With Spence having that kind of output, he’s going to rattle the emaciated-looking Crawford to pieces if he doesn’t put on some size in a hurry for their July 29th fight.
“Time to reel in the big fish 🎣 No more talking @errolspencejr ‼️ let’s get it,” said Terence Crawford on Instagram, talking about his fight against Errol Spence Jr on July 29th on Showtime PPV.
If the 36-year-old Terence is serious about wanting to go to war with Spence, it might be a foolhardy thing for him to do because he didn’t look good against his last opponent, fringe contender David Avanesyan.
“The weight is over. It’s game time. Errol Spence and Terence Crawford on July 29th, Las Vegas, Nevada. Everybody come out, show support and watch me fry this fish.”
Spence is likely to rehydrate to around 165 lbs on fight night, and that’s a lot of weight for a small welterweight like Crawford to be dealing with.
Shawn Porter thinks Spence should have moved up to middleweight a long time because he’s got the size to compete in that division, but he’s kept himself a welterweight because he’s been waiting all these years for the Crawford fight to happen.
If Spence had moved up to 154 and 160 a long time ago, he would have made a lot more money and would have already fought Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo, and David Benavidez.
By staying at 147 and waiting for the last seven years to fight Crawford, Spence has stunted his career. If he’d moved up to 154 in 2016 and 160 in 2018, he’d have fought Canelo & Golovkin and amassed a fortune of well over $100 million instead of his current net worth, estimated to be $8 million.
“If it’s true, Spence and Crawford fight each other, it’s a really interesting fight because there’s been a lot of controversy about who is the better welterweight,” said Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to Boxing Social.
“If they fight each other, Crawford and Spence, it’ll finally determine who is the better fighter. Yeah, I always liked Crawford over Spence, but again, that’s why they do the fights,” said Arum.