Well before establishing himself as a bonafide star, Errol Spence Jr. would audaciously state two words before heading into the ring...man down. As the years have progressed, the Dallas native has gone on to claim a new moniker, “the big fish.”
With three world titles tucked safely underneath his arm, Spence Jr. believes that, with or without the WBO title held by divisional rival Terence Crawford, that he and he alone, reigns supreme atop the welterweight landscape.
Crawford, however, begs to differ.
“You not the head honcho,” said Crawford during an interview on The Good Fight with Kate Abdo. “You ain’t beat me.”
Much to the chagrin of boxing fans around the world, both Crawford and Spence have yet to settle their differences in the ring. Nevertheless, just a few short weeks ago, it appeared as though a showdown between them was on the cusp of becoming a reality.
In any event, while an announcement appeared imminent, Crawford, in the 11th hour, decided against moving forward with their negotiations. Seemingly on a whim, Crawford revealed that he’ll make his first appearance of the year against fringe contender David Avanesyan on December 10th, in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Since announcing the unwanted news, Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) has been chastised by even his staunchest supporters. Avanesyan, regardless of his six-fight knockout streak, has failed to impress on the big stage. In what could be viewed as his sternest test to date, the 34-year-old was brutally stopped in the sixth round against Egidijus Kavaliauskas, a man Crawford KO’d with relative ease.
Spence, on the other hand, after accepting that a matchup against his longtime rival is no longer viable for this year, is currently sifting through a long list of top contenders. Amongst them, Keith Thurman and Eimantas Stanionis have emerged as frontrunners.
When placed side by side, the resume of Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) strongly stands out. Having fought some of the welterweight division’s most prominent names, the 32-year-old has prided himself in facing the best of the best. Still, according to Crawford, Spence’s overall resume is supremely overrated. While he admits that the unified champion has several big-time victories under his belt, the pound-for-pound star took the time to poke holes in what he believes has been a vastly overrated run.
“Errol signature wins I would say, Kell Brook, Shawn Porter, you gonna put Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia and Ugas. Even though Danny Garcia never won a significant fight at 147, he didn't beat nobody, he lost to everybody. Even though Mikey Garcia never fought in the division before. Even though Ugas has been beaten numerous times, Shawn Porter had already been beaten, Kell Brook had already been beaten. I’m stating facts.”