Matchroom Promoter, Eddie Hearn, has revealed his prediction ahead of next month’s much-anticipated undisputed welterweight title clash between Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford.
The American duo have been in talks to fight for years now, and finally fans will get the chance to see the divisions’ champions go head-to-head.
Both men are undefeated across a collective sixty-seven contests, but Crawford goes into the bout as the bookmakers favourite despite holding just one of the four belts on the line, having held titles at two additional weight-classes in the past.
In an interview with DAZN, Hearn spoke of his fondness for coach Derrick James – he trains Matchroom poster-boy Anthony Joshua alongside Errol Spence – but ultimately sides with Crawford for the win.
“I do like Errol, his big break came on our [Matchroom] card against Kell Brook that night at Brammall Lane, he was amazing. Obviously, I like Derrick James a lot, but if I had to pick one, I just believe that Terence Crawford wins that fight.
I think that he is more comfortable at 147lbs, I think he has a great mindset, he is extremely confident as well. I think he wins the fight on points, but it is a great fight, such a good fight for boxing, I’m so happy that it’s been made.”
“Although we have got a foot in the camp with Derrick James, if I have to be truly honest, I think that Terence Crawford just edges a very close fight.”
The boxing community remains split, with some favouring the naturally bigger Spence and others being swayed by Crawford’s run of seventeen consecutive title fight wins that stretches over an eight-year period.
All will be decided on July 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and it has been announced that there is a rematch clause in the contract for the encounter should the loser feel that a second fight is warranted.