Jaron Ennis Gives His Thoughts On Possible Spence Jr. Showdown: “I Will Beat Him, Can’t Keep Putting Me To The Side”
By: Hans Themistode
Jaron Ennis has done his best to wait patiently for his turn. But, as the Philadelphia native continues to lay waste to the rest of his 147 pound contemporaries, he believes it’s only a matter of time before he does the same to the upper echelon of the welterweight division.
While Ennis has always been lauded for his otherworldly talent, 2021 was easily his best year yet. The 24-year-old eagerly took on former 140 pound titlist Sergey Lipinets, stopping the rough and rugged Kazakhstan in the sixth round. At the tail end of the year, Ennis punctuated his placement as one of the world’s best fighters, violently stopping former title challenger Thomas Dulorme in the very first round.
As Ennis continues to hone his craft, he has slowly but assuredly worked his way up the welterweight rankings. Presently, the young and flashy contender ranks in the top three of all four sanctioning bodies. However, with former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter recently retiring, as well as Kudratillo Abdukakhorov recently suffering defeat for the first time in his career, he now finds himself as the highest-ranked fighter in the IBF sanctioning body.
At the moment, Errol Spence Jr. is the proud owner of that IBF trinket, as well as the WBC crown. With the pair seemingly on a collision course, Ennis didn’t hold his tongue when asked how a showdown between himself and Spence Jr. plays out.
“I will beat him,” said Ennis during an interview with FightHype.com. “I’m ready. Those guy, they know. That’s why they won’t take a fight like me. They can’t keep putting me to the side.”
Spence Jr., 31, has openly acknowledged that Ennis should be considered one of the best welterweights in the world. However, despite confessing that Ennis is extremely talented, the powerful southpaw is focusing on collecting more hardware.
According to the unified titlist, a showdown between himself and WBA belt holder Yordenis Ugas, is on the verge of taking place sometime in April.
Regardless of whether or not Spence Jr. continues to pilfer more gold, Ennis believes he’ll ultimately dethrone the former Olympian and highly rated pound-for-pound star to begin his own reign as welterweight champion.
“This is going to be the best year of my career so far. It’s time for us to shine and take over this welterweight division.”
Yordenis Ugas: “I Believe I’m The Best”
By: Hans Themistode
From the moment Errol Spence Jr. wrapped welterweight gold around his waist in 2017, he was tabbed by most as the division’s best fighter. Those sentiments were only enhanced following the Dallas native’s split decision win over Shawn Porter in 2019 to nab his second world title.
In addition to Spence Jr., current WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford has also challenged for the division’s top spot. The pound-for-pound star was recently seen in the ring scoring a tenth-round stoppage victory over Porter in the final quarter of 2021.
Outside of both Spence Jr. and Crawford, however, Yordenis Ugas believes he’s received the short end of the stick. The WBA belt holder has picked up victories in 12 of his past 13 contests with his biggest coming at the expense of Manny Pacquiao. The two battled it out this past August at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Originally, Spence Jr. was selected as the final opponent of Pacquiao’s career but was forced to withdraw due to a torn/detached retina. With an opportunity of a lifetime staring directly at him, Ugas didn’t waste the moment. The Cuban product thoroughly outboxed and outmuscled the future first ballot Hall of Famer to defend his crown.
To further cement his legacy, Ugas will now look to become a three belt champion as both himself and team Spence are locked in intense negotiations for a springtime showdown that could take place in April. Considering the long road Ugas has traveled to reach this point, he could hardly express his joy.
“A lot of respect for Spence. He’s a warrior in the ring and outside the ring,” said Ugas during an interview with ESNEWS. “I believe I’m the best, I’m really emotional and super excited. I’m ready to get it on. I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
Since being pulled from his showdown against Pacquiao, Spence Jr. has fought only once in a two-year span, registering a lopsided unanimous decision win over Danny Garcia in December of 2020.
Shawn Porter: “I’m Convinced That He [Yordenis Ugas] Might Be Able To Beat Errol Spence Jr.”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter is one of the rare fighters in the welterweight division that has swapped fists with virtually all of the top names. So, with a one-of-a-kind perspective, Porter became intrigued when he began hearing rumblings of a showdown between unified champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBA belt holder Yordenis Ugas.
Initially, Ugas was due to defend his welterweight title against Eimantas Stanionis as part of a four-man tournament issued by the WBA. But while Stanionis was chomping at the bit to receive his first crack at a world title, he willingly stepped aside to allow both Spence Jr. and Ugas to unify titles.
On March 9th, 2019, Porter successfully defended his WBC welterweight crown against Ugas via split decision. Six months later, Porter would drop that aforementioned title to Spence Jr., ironically enough, also by split decision.
For a number of years, Porter was unmoved in his belief that if both Spence Jr. and Ugas faced off in the ring, that the powerful southpaw would do a number on his man. However, after watching Ugas upset the applecart by defeating Manny Pacquiao earlier this year, Porter is now viewing him in an entirely different light.
“I think Errol wins but I’m curious now,” said Porter on his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “At one point in time, I knew exactly what Yorgenis Ugas was going to do and I could tell you what would happen. He not only grew in the moment of the fight against Manny Pacquiao but he learned some things about himself as well.”
Originally, Pacquiao was set to take on Spence Jr. on August 21st, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yet, despite showing exuberance, Spence Jr. was forced to withdraw from their showdown due to a torn/detached retina in his left eye which led to subsequent surgery.
Coincidently, Ugas was also looking for a dance partner. Though he was scheduled to make an appearance on the card in the co-main event against Fabian Maidana, his opponent also suffered an eye injury and pulled out of their contest. As a result, both Ugas and Pacquiao agreed to terms on a new deal and faced off in the main event.
Ugas, 35, headed into his showdown against Pacquiao as a considerable underdog. Still, despite the betting world doubting his abilities, Ugas proved them wrong. The Cuban native outboxed the future first-ballot Hall of Famer and ushered him into retirement.
As Porter looks closely at the skills of Ugas and his overall resiliency, the former two-time world titlist is now fully convinced that he’s grown by leaps and bounds since they last fought. More importantly, while Porter isn’t willing to fully back Ugas officially, he wouldn’t be surprised if he pulls off the victory.
“I think Yordenis now is at a point where he’s prepared to make any adjustment that he has to make to beat whoever is across from him. I’m actually convinced that he might be able to find a way to beat Errol Spence Jr. I think it’s a fight that Errol wins but more than anything, I want to see what Yordenis Ugas does.”
Errol Spence Jr. And Yordenis Ugas Heading Towards Unification Showdown After Eimantas Stanionis Agrees To Step Aside
By: Hans Themistode
Yordenis Ugas begged and pleaded with the WBA to change their mind.
Since defending his welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao as a late replacement earlier this year, Ugas made his feelings crystal clear that he wanted to take on unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
But, despite voicing his desires, Ugas’s voice fell on deaf ears. The 35-year-old Cuban star was instead selected to take part in a four-man boxing tournament in order to end the proliferation of world titles in the WBA sanctioning body. On one end of the bracket, Radzhab Butaev dethroned former WBA “Regular” belt holder Jamal James via ninth-round stoppage.
Next up, Ugas was set to take on undefeated contender Eimantas Stanionis with the winner facing off against Butaev in the second half of 2022. However, as first reported by BoxingScene.com, Stanionis has agreed to step aside in order for Ugas to take on Spence Jr. in a three belt unification match. As an alternative, Stanionis will now take on Butaev. The winner of their newly formed contest will reign supreme as the WBA mandatory challenger.
With a showdown between Spence Jr. and Ugas now on the verge of coming to fruition, Gilberto Mendoza, longtime president of the WBA sanctioning body, is doing his best Santa Clause impersonation.
“Stanionis has agreed to withdraw from the mandatory title fight,” said Mendoza, longtime. “He will now fight Butaev. Errol Spence and Yordenis Ugas, Merry Christmas to you both and let’s have a great fight.”
For Spence Jr., the 31-year-old is coming off a rough 2021. After proving that he was back to his old dominant self following his horrific car wreck with a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Danny Garcia in December of 2020, the Dallas native failed to enter the ring at all this year.
Originally, the powerful southpaw was set to take on Manny Pacquiao in a legacy-defining showdown. Those plans, however, were immediately scrapped once it was discovered that Spence Jr. suffered a torn/detached retina in his right eye, forcing him into subsequent surgery. Ironically enough, Ugas stepped in on just a few weeks’ notice. And, as previously mentioned, despite being a heavy underdog, would go on to pick up the biggest win of his career.
Still, regardless of his recent setback, Spence Jr. remained confident that his latest ailment would be innocuous. The unified titleholder has been recently been cleared to return to training and has been spotted working on his craft with head trainer Derrick James.
Jaron Ennis Believes He’s “Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Smarter” Then Errol Spence Jr.
By: Hans Themistode
Slowly but surely, Jaron Ennis is making his way up the welterweight rankings. Currently, the Philadelphia native occupies a top three position in each of the four sanctioning bodies. So, with the explosive young star on the cusp of fighting for his first world title soon, he has his pick of the litter in terms of which world champion he prefers to pursue.
But while Ennis doesn’t have an exact preference, he does have an idea in terms of which current belt holder he intends on going after.
“To me, it don’t matter,” said Ennis during an interview with YSM Sports Media. “But I’m the highest in the IBF, so that’s the route we’re going to go.”
Presently, Ennis ranks number two in the WBO and three in the WBA, WBC, and IBF. However, following the recent retirement of Shawn Porter, who held the number two position in the IBF sanctioning body, there is now a void in the ranking just above Ennis. In addition to that, Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, formerly ranked number one in the IBF, recently suffered defeat at the hands of Cody Crowley this past weekend at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, California.
With the Uzbekistan set to fall from the rankings, Ennis reveals that he was originally hoping to face him in the ring. Nevertheless, with one less hurdle to clear, Ennis believes world title glory is closer than ever before.
“We was actually trying to get the number one guy,” continued Ennis. “He lost so I guess they’re going to make me number one or I gotta fight for the number one spot, something like that. It don’t matter. Everything is falling into place. We almost there.”
Currently, Errol Spence Jr. holds both the IBF and WBC welterweight titles. The hard-hitting southpaw has owned territory on virtually every credible pound for pound list but as of late, inactivity has plagued his career. The Dallas native last graced the ring in December of 2020, winning a wide unanimous decision against former two-division titlist Danny Garcia. Since then, Spence Jr. has remained sidelined as he recovers from eye surgery to correct a torn/detached retina.
Regardless of his infrequent trips to the ring, Spence Jr. is still considered one of the best fighters in the world, a sentiment Ennis wholeheartedly agrees with. That said, as Ennis juxtaposes his skillset to that of his possible future opponent, he doesn’t see where Spence Jr. has the edge.
“He’s a great fighter but I just feel like I’m on a whole different level. Anything he can do, I can do better. I’m bigger, faster, stronger, smarter. I’m too hungry. I’m coming to take whatever they put on the table and that belt is gonna be on the table so I’m coming to take it. That’s what you have to do when you fight the champions, you have to go take that belt.”
Terence Crawford Makes His Case To Become IBF Mandatory To Face Errol Spence Jr.
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, Terence Crawford has expressed his desire to face current IBF/WBC belt holder Errol Spence Jr. Yet, despite his persistent call-outs, Crawford grew despondent as a showdown between them has never materialized.
Although Crawford has reiterated time and time again that he’s moving on with his career and leaving a matchup against Spence Jr. behind him, the current WBO belt holder has recently begun publicly calling him out once again.
Under normal circumstances, titleholders are not placed in the rankings of other sanctioning bodies. However, Crawford is now pleading with the IBF to move him into the mandatory position following the recent loss of Kudratillo Abdukakhorov.
“Can y’all make me mandatory at 147 so I can see something,” asked Crawford to the IBF sanctioning body.
Abdukakhorov, 28, was considered the IBF’s top contender at 147 pounds. Yet, the Uzbekistan native was surprisingly handed the first defeat of his career late last night at the Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, California against Cody Crowley.
Early on, it appeared as though Abdukakhorov was on his way to an early night at the office. The 28-year-old dominated the opening round and would later score an impressive knockdown in the second. However, Crowley would rally back, thoroughly outboxing his man before eking out a close unanimous decision victory.
Now, with Abdukakhorov set to fall in the rankings, Crawford is angling to replace him. The Omaha Nebraska, native was last seen in the ring just a few weeks ago against former two-time titlist Shawn Porter. Though both men would fight on even terms for much of the first half of their contest, Crawford took over down the stretch before ultimately him man in the tenth.
While Crawford would love nothing more than to dethrone Spence Jr., it’s likely that Jaron Ennis will now be elevated to the number one position. The explosive Philadelphia native currently ranks number three in the sanctioning body. But, with the recent loss of Abdukakhorov and with the number two slot currently unoccupied, Ennis appears primed and ready to move one step closer to fighting for his first world title.
As for Spence Jr., the 31-year-old continues his recovery process following right eye surgery to correct a torn/detached retina that forced him to withdraw from a showdown against Manny Pacquiao earlier this year.
Kell Brook Gives Errol Spence Jr. The Edge In Power But Leans Towards Terence Crawford In Possible Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
With countless matchups in the welterweight division that have yet to be made, a showdown between unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBO belt holder Terence Crawford, still reigns supreme as the best matchup in the division.
Considering their skillsets, picking a winner in their hypothetical showdown has often led to mixed answers. Yet, having shared the ring with both fighters, former IBF 147 pound titlist Kell Brook has a good assumption on who would emerge victorious.
“I think you have to lean towards Crawford,” said Brook during an interview with ProBoxing-Fans.com. “Crawford is number one pound for pound.”
In November of 2020, Brook found himself standing across the ring from Crawford in an attempt to recapture championship glory. Though he started well, the British native was ultimately stopped in the fourth round.
Several years earlier, much closer to his prime, Brook placed his IBF welterweight title on the line against an up and coming Spence Jr. Both fighters would take part in a fight of the year contender at the Bramall Lane Football Ground in Yorkshire, United Kingdom in 2017.
Even with Brook fighting on even terms with the Dallas product, he eventually crumbled underneath his relentless pressure, succumbing to an 11th round stoppage defeat.
Although Brook was stopped in more devastating and violent fashion during his recent showdown against Crawford, when asked to pick the more pernicious puncher, Brook didn’t think twice.
“I’d say Spence.”
Presently, Brook is on the verge of beginning training camp for a long-awaited showdown against British rival Amir Khan. Still, even with Brook stating on numerous occasions that he would love nothing more than to shut the mouth of Khan, he’s fascinated by a possible matchup between his two previous conquerors.
Not long ago, Crawford backed Brook’s praise of his skills by becoming the first man to stop former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter. Taking into consideration the current form of Crawford, which entails a nine-fight knockout streak and, more importantly, the long list of injuries and inactivity that has kept Spence Jr. out of the ring since a one-sided victory against Danny Garcia, and Brook believes he has no choice but to side with the pound for pound star.
“It would still be very interesting but I think, just with the way he dealt with Porter, I think you have to start leaning towards Crawford.”
Tim Bradley: “Crawford Does Too Many Things, He’s Going To Find A Way To Knockout Spence”
By: Hans Themistode
Well before Terence Crawford received his credit as being one of the best fighters in the world, Tim Bradley was singing his praises.
As a two-division world champion, Bradley constantly tells the story of sharing the ring with Crawford during a sparring session several years ago. Although Crawford hadn’t yet won a world title at the time, Bradley was immediately taken aback by his skills in the ring.
Fast forward several years later, and Bradley is even more impressed with Crawford.
For as great as Crawford has been, current unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is viewed as his biggest challenge by far. With the Dallas native sporting a strong overall resume and two of the four major titles at 147 pounds, the boxing world is patiently waiting until they share the ring with one another.
If and when they do square off, most would consider their showdown a 50/50 fight. However, in the mind of Bradley, he believes Crawford will leave Spence Jr. on the seat of his pants before the sound of the final bell.
“I been said Spence gets knocked out,” said Bradley during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Crawford does too many things. He’s going to find a way to knockout Spence. There’s no doubt in my mind.”
Bradley’s overwhelming belief in the skills and power of Crawford was only reinforced this past weekend. At the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford took on his toughest opponent to date in former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter.
Early on, Crawford couldn’t time the awkward rhythm of Porter. However, after fighting on fairly even terms through the first half of their contest, Crawford took over down the stretch. In the tenth, the Omaha, Nebraska, native registered the first knockdown of the night thanks to a left uppercut. With Porter seemingly dazed, Crawford went in the finish, successfully doing so just moments later.
Throughout the career of Porter, the former titlist has long been lauded for his ability to give every top 147 pounder a difficult time in the ring. Although Bradley tips his cap to Porter for giving Crawford several issues early on, he points to Crawford’s adjustments which led to the first stoppage defeat in Porter’s career.
“Spence, [Keith] Thurman, they all struggled with Porter. Crawford, he did struggle a bit, the kid had a great game plan, has a ton of experience, and used it very well but for the most part, Crawford was able to neutralize a lot of the stuff that he did. It just shows you how great Crawford is.”
Errol Spence Jr. Disagrees With Terence Crawford Vs. Shawn Porter Stoppage: “His Daddy Tripping, I Had Porter Up”
By: Hans Themistode
With Shawn Porter and Terence Crawford engaging in a back and forth war, Errol Spence Jr. thoroughly enjoyed his view from his ringside seat.
A crowd of just over 11,000 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, routinely rose to their feet for the majority of the night. Although Crawford attempted to fight a patient fight, Porter refused to let him do so. With his nonstop pressure, Crawford was forced at times to bite down on his mouthpiece and fight fire with fire.
Though things appeared to be close, Crawford took over down the stretch. The WBO welterweight titlist flawed Porter with a strong right hand in the middle of the ring at the beginning of the 10th. After tasting the canvas for the first time on the night, Crawford immediately followed it up with a barrage of punches that saw his man hit the deck once more.
An infuriated Porter pounded his gloves on the canvas before climbing back to his feet. Though he appeared to be more than willing to continue his all-out war, Kenny Porter, his trainer, and father, waved the white flag and called a halt to their contest.
As Spence Jr. took in the sights, he was both bemused and in complete disagreement with Kenny Porter’s decision.
“His daddy stopped it too early,” said Spence Jr. to ESNEWS. “His daddy tripping.”
While Spence Jr. was puzzled by the entire ordeal, Kenny Porter refused to allow his son to absorb unnecessary blows. Following the dramatic and unexpected end to their contest, Kenny Porter revealed that his son hadn’t prepared the way he had hoped.
In fact, once Shawn Porter revealed that his showdown against Crawford would be his last appearance in the ring, Kenny Porter remained stone-faced and unsurprised.
With Porter’s official retirement from the sport, he was mere minutes away from walking away with the biggest victory of his career. At the time of stoppage, both Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld had it 86-85 in favor of Crawford. Max DeLuca also had it reasonably close, scoring it 87-84 in Crawford’s favor.
Despite all three judges viewing Crawford as the slightly better fighter at the time of stoppage, Spence Jr. revealed that his scorecard was slightly different.
“I had Porter up. Porter did good, I thought Porter could have won.”
Bob Arum: “I Think Porter Is A More Difficult Opponent For Terence Than Spence Is”
By: Hans Themistode
For a number of years now, Bob Arum has sung the praises of current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Not only does the long-time promoter believe that Crawford is the best fighter at 147 pounds but he’s also convinced that he’s amongst the top two fighters in the world, along with Canelo Alvarez.
While Arum is confident that Crawford wipes out everyone in the division, he’s fully aware of the monumental task that will be standing in front of him tomorrow night.
In what is expected to be a sold-out crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford is set to square off against former two-time titlist, Shawn Porter.
When asked how he views their contest shaking out, Arum, without a moment’s hesitation, quickly sided with Crawford. However, although Arum is expecting him to snag the win this Saturday night, he’s conscious of how big a threat Porter is to the undefeated title reign of Crawford.
“The one guy in the welterweight division that has the tools to give Crawford a very uncomfortable night, is Porter,” said Arum to BoxingInsider.com. “If Terence is able to knock out Porter then it would be a major, major accomplishment.”
Porter, 34, has long been known for his rough and rugged style. Despite suffering a handful of defeats in his stellar career, the long-time contender has never been outclassed. Before easily outpointing journeymen Sebastian Formella in August of 2020, his most recent ring appearance, Porter engaged in a back and forth war with unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
While ultimately, Porter would forfeit his WBC welterweight crown via split decision, Arum still considers him amongst the top names in the division.
With Spence Jr. holding two world titles in his possession, as well as a spot on virtually every pound-for-pound ranking, Arum thinks extremely highly of the Dallas native. In fact, at one point, Arum considered Spence Jr. the only true test for Crawford at 147 pounds. Nevertheless, after being given more time to think and analyze the styles of both men, Arum now has a change of heart.
“Spence narrowly beat Porter, he knocked him down. So obviously, the Spence fight, just based on that basis, would be more of a test than the Porter fight. But that doesn’t mean Porter is not a more difficult opponent than Spence is. I think Porter is a more difficult opponent for Terence than Spence is.”
Tim Bradley: “Spence Is A Great Fighter But He’s Breaking Down, He Want No Parts Of Crawford”
By: Hans Themistode
Tim Bradley was always skeptical that a showdown between WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford and unified champion Errol Spence Jr. would be made.
For years now, both men have wiped out the competition and have staked their claims as the best fighter in the division. Although many, including Bradley, would love to see how a matchup between them would shake out, fans and pundits have been forced to wait.
More than anything, the business of boxing has been used as a primary reason why their contest has yet to take place. With Crawford currently signed with Top Rank and Spence Jr. affiliated with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), neither side has been able to resolve their issues and make the fight happen. But, with Crawford set to take on his first PBC welterweight this upcoming weekend in Shawn Porter, Bradley is solely pointing the finger in the direction of Spence Jr. as to why their contest hasn’t become a reality.
“If Errol really wanted this fight, he could’ve made it happen,” said Bradley to a group of reporters. “Look at what Porter is doing. Him and Spence should have happened four years ago.”
This Saturday night, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford will attempt to defend his WBO crown for the fifth time since 2018. While many believe the rough and rugged Porter will give Crawford all he can handle, Bradley is firmly expecting the pound-for-pound star to emerge victoriously.
Even if Bradley’s prediction rings true, he still isn’t convinced that Spence Jr. will be willing to enter the ring against him.
Since stripping Porter of his WBC title in September of 2019 to become a unified titlist, Spence Jr. nearly saw not only his boxing career but his life, flash before his eyes. One month following his hard-earned victory, Spence Jr. totaled his sports vehicle in a horrific one-car wreck. Though he wouldn’t sustain any serious injuries, the welterweight star was forced out of action for well over a year.
Regardless of the time he spent rehabbing his wounds, the Dallas native proved that he was just fine. In his first and only trip to the ring since the crash, the 31-year-old easily outpointed former two-division titlist, Danny Garcia in December of 2020.
Following the lopsided win, Spence Jr. was set to take on future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao. Although he seemed eager to share the ring with the former eight-division world champion, Spence Jr. was incensed when he discovered that he would be forced to withdraw due to a torn/detached retina.
Considering the seriousness of his crash, paired with his most recent injury, and Bradley simply isn’t convinced that Spence Jr. will take on Crawford anytime soon.
“No, he’s breaking down,” said Bradley when asked if he believes Spence Jr. is the same fighter. “Spence is a great fighter, don’t get me wrong. He’s a fantastic fighter, he’s fantastic at what he does. He’s gutsy and it’s hard to say that he’s scared of Crawford but to me, he don’t want no parts of Crawford, not right now.”
Errol Spence Jr.: “Tune Up Fights Are For Guys Who Are Unsure Of Themselves”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr. is against what many would consider normal in the boxing world.
Usually, after spending a prolonged amount of time on the sidelines, fighters have shown a tendency to return to the ring against less than stellar opposition in what can be described as “tune-up” fights. Although that’s become the standard, Spence Jr. wants no parts of it.
On August 21st, earlier this year, the unified welterweight champion was set to take on Manny Pacquiao in a career-defining fight. The smile that was spread across the face of Spence Jr., however, was immediately wiped away once he was forced to withdraw from their contest due to a detached retina in his left eye, which led to subsequent surgery.
While the Dallas native is likely to sit out the entire year, once he does make his return to the ring, he isn’t interested in taking any soft touches.
“I need to fight for a title next,” said Spence Jr. on his social media account. “Tune-up fights are for guys who are unsure of themselves.”
Spence Jr.’s refusal to face lesser-known names in his ring return is a blueprint he’s followed in the past. Following his September of 2019 win against Shawn Porter, Spence Jr. was involved in a horrific one-car wreck that left his vehicle totaled, and the 31-year-old nursing several injuries.
Spence Jr. would spend over a year out of the ring following the crash. In the mind of many, the proper path for Spence Jr.’s return was to take on an unheralded opponent. One that would present little to no problems in the ring. Spence Jr., however, rolled his eyes at the mere thought of facing a tune-up. Instead, he opted to take on former two-division world champion Danny Garcia.
Spence Jr.’s thought process behind choosing Garcia was motivational. With Garcia known as a notoriously hard puncher and top contender, Spence Jr. believed that squaring off against him would force him to steady his aim during training camp. By all accounts, Spence Jr.’s plan worked out perfectly as he went on to dismantle Garcia, winning a wide unanimous decision.
At the moment, the return date for the unified 147 pounder is still unclear. However, head trainer Derrick James has recently revealed that Spence Jr. has begun light training and plans on ramping up his activity in the coming months.
Brian “Bomac” McIntyre: “Spence Must Come Out Of Hiding When Terence Stops Porter Or Just Beats Him Down”
By: Hans Themistode
It’s become ostensible to many, that Terence Crawford will be pushed like never before come November 20th, when he squares off against former two-time welterweight champion, Shawn Porter.
Those thoughts, however, are erroneous in the mind of Brian “Bomac” McIntyre, head trainer of Crawford. Having watched the pound for pound star up close and personal for years now, the long-time trainer is convinced that Crawford will put a beating on Porter come fight night. But while a one-sided showing is expected, Bomac is dubious when asked if he believes a matchup against unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. will follow soon after.
WBA belt holder Yordenis Ugas, is someone that Bomac believes is chomping at the bit to face Crawford. In the case of Spence Jr., on the other hand, Bomac is convinced that the multi-belted star will do everything in his power to avoid Crawford, especially after his showing on November 20th.
“Spence must come out of hiding when Terence stops Porter or just beats him down,” said Bomac to Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV. “I know Ugas is always going to be willing and ready to go but is Spence going to be willing and ready to go?”
At the moment, a possible Crawford vs. Spence Jr. matchup hinges upon his ability to recover from his latest injury. A few weeks before his August 21st showdown against Manny Pacquiao, Spence Jr. was forced to withdraw from their contest due to a detached retina in his right eye.
The unified 147-pound titlist has since undergone surgery and has spent his time healing. No matter how badly Bomac wants his pound-for-pound star to face off against Spence Jr., he urges the hard-hitting champion to take his time during his recovery process.
If, however, Spence Jr. manages to make a quick and full recovery, Bomac would love nothing more than for the Dallas native to step up to the plate and face off against Crawford next.
“We’ll see what’s next for Terence. Let’s see if Spence has the balls to say I want to step in with that guy. I want to see him step up and say something.”
Derrick James: “I Think Terence Crawford Is Fighting A Guy That Errol Spence Took A Lot Out Of”
By: Hans Themistode
There’s little to no denying that Terence Crawford will face a significant step up in competition come November 20th. On the night in question, Crawford will place both his WBO welterweight title and undefeated record on the line against former two-time champion Shawn Porter, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite being a constant staple on every credible pound-for-pound list, Crawford has heard his fair share of criticism for the opposition he’s faced during his 147-pound tenure. In the case of Porter, the Akron Ohio native has swapped fists with just about everyone in the welterweight division, including unified titlist Errol Spence Jr.
But while most are intrigued with how a Porter vs. Crawford showdown plays out, Derrick James, head trainer of Spence Jr., believes the WBO belt holder will be facing a diminished version of the two-time champion.
“I think Terence Crawford is fighting a guy that Errol Spence took a lot out of,” said James on the PBC Podcast. “So we’ll see how that goes.”
On November 28th, 2019, both Spence Jr. and Porter squared off in a fight of the year candidate. From the moment the opening bell rang, there were no feel-out rounds as it bombs away. While Porter had loads of success, he also absorbed plenty of punishment. Of the 745 punches Spence Jr. hurled in his direction, 221 of them found their mark. In the 11th round, in particular, it was Spence Jr.’s most successful and brutal period, as he floored the former titlist.
Although Porter has shown no ill effects of the damage that was inflicted, pitching a shutout in his most recent contest against Sebastian Formella, James simply isn’t convinced that he’s the same ferocious fighter he once was.
Regardless of what could be a diminished version of Porter, James isn’t expecting him to be a pushover or walk in the park. Since suffering defeat at the hands of Spence Jr. and forfeiting his WBC title in the process, Porter has urged the unified champion to face him in the ring once more. While Spence Jr. has elected to move in another direction, James is receptive to the idea of having his fighter take on Porter for the second time in his career.
With that said, James has all but guaranteed Porter that his wish will be granted. If, of course, he can take care of business come November 20th.
“I think Shawn Porter really wants to fight Errol Spence again. In order to face Errol Spence again, he has to beat Terence Crawford.”
Terence Crawford Is Tired Of The Errol Spence Jr. Comparisons: “He’s Talented, But There’s Levels”
By: Hans Themistode
At times, boxing comes down to one-upping your fellow rivals. Oftentimes, fighters who are at the top of their respective weight class, face off against similar opponents. In cases such as those, the performances of both stars will be juxtaposed.
On November 20th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Terence Crawford will be placed in that same scenario. On the night, Crawford will defend his WBO welterweight crown against former two-division titlist Shawn Porter. Having given current unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. all he could handle in their September 2019 showdown, losing a close split decision, Porter is mostly viewed as the biggest test in Crawford’s career.
While many are fascinated with how things will ultimately play out, the consensus surrounding their showdown is that Crawford will pull off the win. Should the pound-for-pound star do what many are expecting, he’s well aware that his performance against Porter will be compared to his fellow champion.
Crawford though, is sick and tired of everyone placing his name and Spence Jr.’s in the same sentence.
“Who is he to outshine?” Asked Crawford to a group of reporters. “I’m tired of everybody trying to compare me to somebody that’s only had two belts in his whole career.”
Crawford, 34, has dominated every weight class he’s stepped foot in. With world titles at 135, 140, and now 147, Crawford routinely finds himself amongst the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Spence Jr., on the other hand, while also a staple on every credible pound-for-pound list, has yet to achieve championship status in multiple weight classes.
Most recently, Spence Jr. dominated former multiple-time belt holder Danny Garcia, winning a wide unanimous decision in December of 2020. Spence Jr.’s reward for pitching a near shutout was a showdown against future first ballot Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao. Although Spence Jr. described their upcoming showdown as his “dream fight”, he was left incredulous when he was forced to withdraw from their contest due to a torn/detached retina.
Crawford, like many, acknowledges that Spence Jr. is a masterful technician in the ring and would have likely defeated Pacquiao if not for his injury. With that said, the Omaha, Nebraska native simply views himself as being a cut above Spence Jr. all across the board.
“He’s talented, but there’s levels.”