Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford’s undisputed welterweight world title fight has has finally been announced, with the pair to do battle on July 29 in Las Vegas.
Boxing fans have yearned for a showdown between WBA, WBC and IBF champion Spence and WBO champion Crawford, with both 147lbs Americans both considered to be among the best in the sport.
“Finally giving the fans what they want,” Spence said on Instagram.
This one a throwback fight on paper but it could be a one-sided a** whooping. One of the biggest fights of the century!”
Meanwhile, Crawford told fans in a video message on social media: “What’s up everybody, it’s game time! Errol Spence-Terence Crawford, July 29th. Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Everyone come out, show support and watch me fry this fish.”
The pair have circled one another in the welterweight division for a long time.
Spence initially held the IBF belt when first called out by Crawford, who moved into the welterweight (147lbs) division after previously being a world champion at lightweight (135lbs) and an undisputed world champion at super-lightweight (140lbs).
Upon his arrival at welterweight in 2018, Crawford won the WBO crown and fans demanded a unification.
But boxing politics played a big part in keeping the pair separate as Spence is aligned with Al Haymon’s PBC on Showtime/FOX, while Crawford worked with Bob Arum’s Top Rank on ESPN.
Spence instead unified by facing other champions aligned with Haymon. He won the WBC belt offShawn Porter in 2019 and WBA belt from Yordenis Ugas in 2022.
Meanwhile, Crawford has kept hold of his WBO belt by making several defences against fighters including Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Porter.
There were times during this period though when fans feared the fight may never happen between the pair.
Spence has had two extended ring absences – one due to a horrific car crash from which he miraculously emerged unscathed and one due to a serious eye injury.
Remarkably, the unified champion is still fighting and now wants to go in search of the final welterweight belt.
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