The boxing world occasionally offers fans hidden gems. Sometimes boxing just delivers, whether it was the all-out brawl between Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler in 1985, the brawl between Ken Norton and Larry Holmes in 1978, or the three devastating fights between Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe.
Errol Spence Jr. is confident that his fight with Terence Crawford on July 29 will deliver on the biggest platform, even though the two haven't yet strutted through the T-Mobile Arena and exchanged punches. The reigning unified champion only requests that those who have rolled their eyes incredulously at Spence's claim put on the film and examine their work.
“The proof is in the pudding,” said Spence on ESPN’s First Take when asked why he believes his showdown against Crawford will be a historically great one. “You see Terence Crawford and his body of work. You see my body of work.”
Generally speaking, Spence and Crawford both have resumes that have propelled them to the top of almost everyone's pound-for-pound lists. Spence, a strong southpaw from Dallas, Texas, has earned the nickname "Man Down" for registering numerous brutal knockouts.
His most recent KO victim had repeatedly demonstrated that he was incredibly resilient. However, as soon as Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) got rolling, Yordenis Ugas lost, breaking his left orbital bone and losing his WBA title in the process. Crawford, on the other hand, has a lot of knockouts of his own that would make for good highlight reels.
Overall, Crawford’s willingness to plant his feet and fire brings a gigantic smile to Spence’s face.
“Everybody already know as soon as I get in the ring I’m stepping. I expect him to step too. We gonna put on a great show and a great performance.”