Terence Crawford’s welterweight superfight against Errol Spence Jr. is set for July 29 in Las Vegas – both boxers will earn eight figures and the loser can trigger a rematch within 30 days’
- Crawford and Spence had been in negotiations last year but they broke up
- Likely comeback fight must take place before the end of 2023
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Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. have reached an agreement to fight for the undisputed welterweight championship on July 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, according to multiple sources.
The terms were negotiated by advisers to the two boxers – PBC’s Al Haymon and CAA’s Ish Hinson – by ESPN. The match is expected to be the most anticipated boxing match since Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao, billed as the fight of the century, in 2015.
Crawford and Spence will both cash in a guaranteed eight figures for the Showtime PPV bout, sources have reported. Additionally, a two-way rematch clause was included in the deal. It can be triggered 30 days after the initial fight in July.
The rematch is part of Crawford’s two-fight deal with PBC, according to ESPN. The likely comeback fight must take place before the end of 2023 before both boxers weigh up to 154 pounds.
If they each win a fight, a trilogy fight is likely to be scheduled. And whoever claims victory should go on to fight in the undisputed junior middleweight championship. Jermell Charlo is the current defending tournament champion. He and Spence both train with Derrick James in Dallas, Texas.
Terence Crawford and Errol Spence are scheduled to fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 29
The fight for the undisputed welterweight championship will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Tuesday’s news of a July fight comes after several attempts to try and get Crawford and Spence in the same ring, as the two have been dubbed the world’s top two welterweights over the years without actually having a fight. .
The July contest will now determine the best boxer in the world, regardless of weight class, even though Crawford and Spence weigh 147 pounds.
Crawford, 35, is the favorite to win the game, sitting first in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings, with Spence three spots behind him at No. 4. He is undefeated (39-0) and knocked out David Avanesyan in the sixth round in December to retain his WBO welterweight belt.
It was the first time Crawford had fought in over a year. The pay-per-view fight came after negotiations between Crawford and Spence broke down in October.
Spence crashed his white Ferrari in Dallas in 2019, pleading guilty to drunk driving
Spence last fought in April 2022, when he defeated Yordenis Ugas in a 10th-round TKO victory in Arlington, Texas to claim a third welterweight title.
Two months later that year, the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge after crashing his Ferrari for speeding in 2019.
Prosecutors said that after visiting several bars in Dallas, Spence was speeding when his Ferrari veered above the median and flipped multiple times around 3 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2019. Spence, who was not wearing seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle but suffered no broken bones or fractures and was treated for facial lacerations.
Spence’s attorneys released a statement on his behalf in which he said that after having drinks with friends he “ended up wrecking my car and nearly killing me.”
“Fortunately no one else was involved in the accident and I am very grateful for that,” he said in the statement. “It was an incident that would profoundly change my life.”