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Showtime President confirms Spence vs Crawford close to happening but not done yet


Stephen Espinoza, president of Showtime Sports, has always been a man of the people. an early adopter of Twitter who used the service to communicate with followers. Since starting with Showtime Sports, Espinoza has never shied away from the spotlight and has been a prominent figure in the boxing world.


On Wednesday, during media duties for the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia fight, which will be broadcast live on Showtime pay-per-view on April 22 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Espinoza debunked rumours that the long-awaited welterweight unification fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, the IBF, WBA, and WBC champions, would be announced on Saturday night's television broadcast.


“We're close [to making Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford], but you know, we've spoken over the years, you've heard me say before, the deals not done till it's done,” said the president of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza to Fight Hub TV. “Particularly this one because I thought we would get a deal done last fall and we were very close…it didn't happen. So I'm not going to make that mistake, again. This deal is not done until it's done.”


Although Espinoza's words might frighten blue-collar fight fans who think that this might lead to political scheming, which could lead to the dreaded outcome of no bout taking place. When discussing the state of this battle with battle Hub TV on Wednesday, Espinoza seemed extremely optimistic.


“The good thing is we're much closer now than we were last fall,” furthered Espinoza to Fight Hub TV. “We are making progress. There are active discussions going on. At this point, there are no plans for anything on Saturday [in terms of an announcement of Spence vs. Crawford]. It doesn't mean it won't happen. We could stay up into the late hours get everything done…and everybody [fly in], but I hate to throw cold water on it because I want the fight as much as anybody, but I think people are sort of trying to connect dots that aren't connected.”

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