Roach Gives Crawford Edge Over Spence: The Best Fight in Boxing

By Steve Kim

There is already buzz building about a future match-up between IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) and former undisputed junior welterweight king Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), who is scheduled to face WBO welterweight belt-holder Jeff Horn in mid-April.

This past weekend at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, Spence impressively dispatched Lamont Peterson in seven rounds.

In attendance was noted trainer, Freddie Roach, who had a boxer on the undercard and was also in the opposite corner when Victor Postol lost a 12-round unification about with Crawford back in the summer of 2016.


When asked about this potential pairing, Roach said on Monday morning from the Wild Card Boxing Club:

"It's probably the best fight out there, right now. I think it will determine who the best fighter in the world is today, at this moment I think it's between those two people. I think pound-for-pound they might be the best two guys out there. That fight really needs to be made," Roach told

While Roach concedes that it is Spence who is the natural 147-pounder, he says of Crawford - "He has really, really good movement. He can box, he can punch, one fight he's moving really well, he's got great legs for twelve rounds and he can really move if he wants to and then when he fought the African (Julius Indongo) last time he knew the guy's style a little bit and came right after him and blasted him out early. (Crawford) has more tools, I think."

So how does this fight play out in his view?

"Right now, I like Crawford [to win]," answered Roach.

"I think he's the best fighter in the world today pound-for-pound. I think he's the best. He's better than (Vasyl)  Lomachenko and everyone else because, again, he can do it all."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BlackSoul on 01-26-2018

[QUOTE=theface07;18437048]That's for your illuminating correction. Is that all you have to say? How enlightening. Fortuna is a Latino from the Dominican Republic and Easter is an African American fighting in his home country as the favorite and champion. I'll let…

Comment by suffolkbull3 on 01-26-2018

[MENTION][/MENTION][QUOTE=Butch.McRae;18428721]"Spence can do everything that most fighters can do, only he does it better. The fact that he's a southpaw make him more difficult to contend with. And in the ring, he's "Sugar Ray Leonard nasty." The one open question…

Comment by theface07 on 01-26-2018

[QUOTE=BlackSoul;18428826]dominican is not a race[/QUOTE] That's for your illuminating correction. Is that all you have to say? How enlightening. Fortuna is a Latino from the Dominican Republic and Easter is an African American fighting in his home country as the…

Comment by D4thincarnation on 01-23-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18429545]I hope you right! & neither of them are cowards.[/QUOTE] Crawford and Spence willing to challenge and win title away form home and without having to get everything in their favor. Both very good characters in boxing and confident in…

Comment by r1onnie2 on 01-23-2018

This would be a good fight, these are currently my two favorite fighters. If the fight was to happen now I lean towards Bud but if it's a couple years down the road I would lean toward Errol.

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