Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford met on Thursday afternoon in what will be their last face to face meeting before Friday’s weigh-in and Saturday’s big welterweight unification clash at T-Movile Arena in Las Vegas. Both undefeated stars had plenty to say.
“I’m gonna win because I’m the better fighter,” said IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champ, Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22 KOs) “I’m better physically and mentally. I’m more durable. I’m gonna break him down and break his will.
“It would mean a lot to be undisputed. It would mean that I’m one of the greatest welterweights to ever lace up a pair of gloves.
“He’s gonna find out that my skills are superior. He’s talented, but when we talk about what my coach teaches, he’s gonna see that I have great offense, defense and stamina. It’s more than just talent.
“This is gonna be legendary. Make sure you tune-in. This is gonna be an old school fight. It’s gonna be iconic. You’re gonna want to buy this fight. You’re getting your money’s worth.
“People are gonna talk about this fight 30 or 40 years from now when you talk about legendary fights. They’re gonna talk about this fight the same way they talked about the ‘Four Kings’ era. There’s gonna be an amateur 20 years from now watching our fight on YouTube and saying man, I want to be in a fight like that.
“Everyone knows it’s ‘Strap Season’. I want to thank my parents, because they blessed me with the resiliency to get through a lot of stuff in life. Make sure you order the fight on SHOWTIME PPV. I guarantee you I’m gonna put on a great show. Bring your seasoning on Saturday night, because we’re gonna have a crawfish boil. Bring that hot sauce too.
“I guarantee you it’s gonna be nothing but fireworks from start to finish.”
WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs), of course, saw things his own way and wasn’t afraid to lay it all out there before the assembled media.
“I don’t go in there looking for the knockout, I go in there looking for the win,” Crawford said. “If he gets out of line he’s gonna be the next one going down.
“Everyone knows what time it is. I’m ready and he’s ready. We’re gonna have a fish fry come Saturday.
“He’s gonna find out the same thing that everyone else finds out. He’s gonna say that on TV I look one way. In the ring he’s gonna be seeing three of me.
“They say he’s the big bad wolf, but come fight night we’re gonna find out if he’s all that he says he is. He’s gonna have to show me.
“Everything about me is better than Errol. When you look at what I do in the ring, it’s better than what he does. Come fight night, I’m going to prove every doubter wrong. I’m going to show that I’m the best fighter in the world.
“This is the Terence Crawford era. When you look at my body of work in each weight class, you can’t deny that. This is my era. I’ve never had a close fight. I’ve never had a fight where people thought I lost. I’ve looked spectacular every time.
“This is what we do every time we come out. That talking can turn bad real quick. Support your fighter, and let’s come together and make this event a success.”
The long-awaited Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford unification showdown happens this Saturday, July 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will air live on Showtime PPV, atop a Premier Boxing Champions event with a start time slated for 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.