Terence Crawford (39-0) and Errol Spence Jr. (28-0), the top two fighters in boxing's welterweight division, have finally agreed to terms on a super fight for the undisputed championship belt. The highly consequential matchup comes after a build-up of nearly five years and swirling speculation that the two would never square up during their prime years, similar to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao matchup that happened when the latter was approaching forty.
Thus far, oddsmakers in Las Vegas have already penciled Crawford (the IBF, WBA, and WBC Champion) in as the slight favorite over Spence Jr. (the unified welterweight Champion) with -135 opening box odds. The Showtime Pay-Per-View fight is slated for July 29th at T-Mobile Arena, with both fighters expected to earn seven figures. According to reports, the pair will fight at 147 lbs, and the loser will have the option of evoking a "rematch clause" within 30 days of the bout. The deal was primarily negotiated by Al Haymon (Spence's advisor) and Ish Hinson (Crawford's advisor). Their long-standing working relationship is believed to have played a significant role in contractual negations, even after Crawford accused Haymon of ruining a previously structured agreement with Spence Jr. last year.
On Thursday, the man ranked by ESPN as the top pound-for-pound fighter in professional boxing took to Instagram to preview the upcoming super fight and to take another online jab at his rival, for old time's sake. Scroll up to take a look.
Source: CBS Sports