By Michael Rosenthal June 3, 2022 6:20 pm
By Michael Rosenthal |
(Editor’s notice: This column initially printed at Boxing Junkie, a part of the USA TODAY Community.)
The battle for which followers have clamored the previous few years is near changing into actuality.
Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. are close to a deal to fulfill in a pay-per-view showdown for the undisputed welterweight championship this October in Las Vegas, ESPN is reporting.
It arguably could be the largest welterweight battle since Felix Trinidad outpointed Oscar De La Hoya in one other battle of unbeaten stars in 1999.
Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) holds three of the 147-pound titles, Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) the fourth.
The events stay in talks, which means no ultimate settlement has been reached, ESPN cautioned.
Crawford lately left long-time promoter High Rank, which evidently has made it simpler to make a battle with the PBC-managed Spence.
“There’s nothing standing in the best way from us preventing,” Crawford informed ESPN in April. “There’s no promotion firm that’s blocking it, there’s no mistaken aspect of the road, there’s no nothing.
“Let’s see who one of the best welterweight on the earth is.”
Crawford, Boxing Junkie’s No. 1 fighter pound-for-pound, is coming off a sensational 10th-round knockout of Shawn Porter within the fifth protection of his WBO belt in November, the largest victory in his profession.
Spence, No. 4 on Boxing Junkie’s listing, final fought in April, when he stopped Yordenis Ugas in 10 rounds to gather the third of his three titles. He wears the IBF, WBA and WBC belts.
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Originally posted 2022-10-01 14:54:06.