A sense of pride sweeps over Errol Spence Jr. First thing in the morning, he normally throws his sheets to the side, settles his kids down, and begins to stroll through his palatial estate. In doing so, Spence often trips over countless items. The toys of his juniors are a given but in addition to broken Lego pieces and Barbie dolls, Spence, at times, stubs his toe on the numerous world titles he’s won in his boxing career.
Spence’s IBF title, taken from Kell Brook after shattering his orbital bone, his WBC trinket, taken in an all-out war vs. Shawn Porter, and his WBA crown, taken from Yordenis Ugas after shattering yet another orbital bone, has crystalized Spence as a top five pound-for-pound level guy.
If he hung up his gloves after curating his third title, Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) may have done just enough to earn a spot in boxing’s Heaven. However, even if he was given the Hall of Fame nod, Spence believes that his career would have been incomplete if a showdown against Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) never came to fruition.
“If this fight didn’t happen, it probably would've been a dent on our legacy,” said Spence to a group of reporters recently.
Of course, thanks to both men putting their pride aside, they finally locked in a deal that will see them square off on July 29th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A win for either man will push them toward the stratosphere - both now and from a historical standpoint.
Ultimately, wins and losses only tell part of the story. While victory is important, the mere fact that these two pound-for-pound stars are actually facing off is salient as well.
“Us just making the fight is already great for our legacy.”