The Excellence of Execution versus The Jack of All Trades, The Spence Crawford Debate
By Vince D’Writer: Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22KOs) versus Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) is a fight that should have been made a long time ago, but unfortunately fight fans have been patiently waiting for this match for close to four years due to the politics of boxing which equates to conflict with promoters and networks.
After defeating Shawn Porter, Crawford made the announcement that he wanted his next fight to be against Spence. Six months later Errol Spence defeated Yordenis Ugas, and during the post fight interview, Spence stated he wanted to battle Crawford next.
It seems like fight fans have been waiting for this match forever, but now is the perfect time for this bout to be made because both men are still performing at an elite level, they’re the two best welterweights in the world, and the match would be for the undisputed welterweight championship.
Hopefully behind closed doors they’re ironing out all the details to make this dream fight a reality, but in the meantime it’s always interesting to get the different perspectives in regards to the winner of this potential showdown.
Styles makes fights, and Errol Spence has one style and he does it very well. Spence is a fundamentally sound one dimensional boxer who executes his style of fighting at an extremely high level.He uses his jab to close the distance, and then once he enters the punch zone, he applies gradual pressure by constantly moving forward, and utilizing a diverse attack to the opponent’s body and head.
Terence Crawford is an elite boxer who has more layers to his game. He’s a versatile fighter who seems to possess more tools in his toolbox. Crawford is elusive, he uses angles, he fights well off of his back foot, and he can also fight from the orthodox or southpaw stance. Crawford also moves around constantly, and he’s a master at setting traps.
Some people in the boxing community are leaning towards Crawford coming away with the victory because he has the skills to do it all in the ring. He’s a multi-dimensional fighter who can adapt to any style. In addition to all of his other assets, he also has great timing, and he’s a good counterpuncher.
Spence is extremely technical, and the other half of the boxing community who are siding with him are doing so because he’s so good at what he does in the ring. Time and time again, Spence has stepped into the ring, applied his style of boxing, and systematically broke his opponent down. His main weapons are his aggression, his jab, his body attack, and his work volume.
With all that being said, the million dollar question is who is going to win the fight? Will Spence’s technically sound style guide him to victory, or will Crawford’s versatility earn him the win? It’s a difficult question to answer, and that is the reason why this is a pick ’em fight.
Although this is a 50/50 fight, Errol Spence may be able to change the way this fight looks on paper. We are aware of all of the dimensions that Terence Crawford brings to table, but what if Spence possess the same elements? What if Spence have all of those tools, but he hasn’t used them yet because his style is so effective? That is definitely a possibility that could shake up the scouting report. With that possibility being noted, you see what Errol Spence has, and you see what Terence Crawford can do, so who do you have winning, Spence or Crawford?
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