Spence reacts to Terence Crawford in the audience: ‘I wouldn’t go to his fights’
By Chris Williams: Terence Crawford was one of the 16,000+ fans in attendance for Errol Spence Jr’s lopsided 12 round unanimous decision over Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia last Saturday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The fans didn’t appear to be happy with Crawford being at the fight, as he was heavily booed by them when he was shown on the screen.
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) says he doesn’t know why WBO welterweight champion Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) showed up, though, because he wouldn’t go to any of his fights.
Interestingly, Crawford chose NOT to enter the ring after Spence’s victory over Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) last night; that tells you something.
Did Crawford lose his nerve?
Now there can be many reasons why ‘Bud’ Crawford decided not to climb into the ring, but the obvious one is he saw something from Spence that may have scared him off.
The whole idea behind fighters attending other boxers’ fights is to go into the ring and call them out while the spotlight is on. Crawford didn’t take advantage of his moment to put pressure on Spence, and the only thing Chris Williams can think is he lost his nerve.
Spence was too dominating against Danny Swift, and Crawford may have thought it would be better to leave him alone.
Spence: What was Crawford doing here?
“No,” Spence said when asked if Crawford being at his fight helped create buzz for a match between them in 2021. “He’s got to live up to his words. If he says he’s not worried about me, then I don’t know what he was doing here.
“I probably wouldn’t go to none of his fights. So I’m not worried about Crawford. Like I said, I’m going to enjoy my time with my kids, and reflect on this year and a half and that I came back,” said Spence.
It is a good question IBF/WBC welterweight champion Spence asks in wondering what Crawford’s purpose was to be at his fight with Danny Garcia.
The way that Spence was talking at the post-fight news conference last night, it doesn’t sound like Crawford, 33, is going to be in consideration for his next fight.
Crawford may have burned his bridges for a fight against Spence by saying that he wants a 60-40 cut of the dough for a fight between them. Terence talking crazy like that may have poisoned the well for a future fight between him and Errol.
Given that Crawford is the less popular fighter, he needed to come right with his approach for a fight with Spence. Spence is the King of the 147-lb division, whereas Crawford is one of the many people in Errol’s kingdom.
To get in with the King, you got to take the right approach, and we didn’t that with Crawford.
Errol to fight next summer
“I’m going to move in the summertime and I’m going to see who I fight. We’ll see. I’ve got to talk to my manager Al Haymon and we’ll go from there,” said Spence.
“I’m not worried about no one right now. I’m not going to get too fat, and I’m going to keep working and staying in the gym.
Spence’s next opponent will be picked by his manager Al Haymon, and I’d be willing to guess that he won’t pick the Top Rank-promoted Crawford.
It’s more likely that Spence’s next opponent will be one of these fighters:
- Manny Pacquiao
- Keith Thurman
- Vergil Ortiz Jr
- Shawn Porter
Pacquiao is the #1 guy that Spence wants next, but he might be tied up with his senatorial job in the Philippines until a vaccine is released in 2021.
- Thurman tells Spence: ‘I’m better than anyone you ever fought, let’s fight’
- Teddy Atlas predicts Crawford will retire Pacquiao
- Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano on July 3 or 10th, Spence vs. Ugas on card
- Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis ready for Spence and Crawford if they call