Crawford vs. Spence 2: No one clamoring for rematch – Eddie Hearn
By Craig Daly: Eddie Hearn says that fans aren’t “clamoring” to see the Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford vs. Errol Spence rematch after they witnessed the blowout ninth round TKO victory for the Omaha, Nebraska native last July.
It’s unclear what the guaranteed purse amounts will be for both fighters, but the event promoter could take a financial bath with it, losing a ton of money.
Interstingly, many boxing fans still want to see the Crawford-Spence rematch. In an ESPN poll, 82% of the fans expressed interest in seeing a second fight, and 52% of them think Errol will be victorious.
It’s unclear whether those fans will be willing to dig deep to pay $84.99 to watch the rematch on Showtime PPV if the Crawford-Spence bout is priced the same as their previous one on July 29th.
Unless the promoters include a strong undercard, it’s difficult to imagine the event turning a profit.
If those fans intend on watching the fight on an illegal stream, it is understandable why they wouldn’t mind seeing the rematch,
Errol (28-1, 22 KOs) is insisting on a second fight with Crawford taking place and has already activated the rematch clause. Hearn feels it will be interesting to see how it plays out with the rematch clause.
Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) can call the shots as the weight, but he’s on board with it taking place at 154 and won’t force Spence to come back down to 147, hoping to get an advantage.
“I do think he’d [Errol Spence Jr.] be stronger at 154, he’s been at 147 a long time, but I still think Terence Crawford is the big favorite in that fight. It’s going to be interesting how that plays out in regards to the rematch clause,” Hearn said to the DAZN Boxing Show on the Crawford vs. Spence rematch.
Spence was so drained for that fight that it’s unlikely that 154 would improve his performance.
Errol must listen to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and move up to 160 or 168 because he’s too big to fight at 154. That’s not enough cushion.
Crawford is one who will decide on the weight for the rematch, and he’s probably not going to be agreeable to fighting Spence at 160 or 168, even though he’s chomping at the bit to move up to super middleweight to fight Canelo Alvarez for his undisputed championship.
That’s more about Crawford wanting the payday than it is about trying to capture his 168-lb championship.
“I don’t think it’s a fight people are clamoring for, but obviously, Errol is holding his ground now,” said Hearn. “It’s one of those things where you’re going to have to find something else for Errol Spence if you want him to get off the pan for that rematch.
“I don’t see anyone that would pick Errol Spence to beat Terence Crawford at 47, 54, it doesn’t matter,” said Hearn.
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