Terence Crawford says his undisputed welterweight showdown against Errol Spence Jr will take place in Las Vegas this year.
The WBO welterweight champion was a guest on former opponent Shawn Porter’s podcast The Porter Way.
The 34-year-old also revealed his plans beyond the Spence showdown should he be successful.
“We coming to Vegas. Gotta have somewhere neutral,” answered Crawford when asked if he would go to Spence’s backyard of Dallas to fight him.
“I’m 100% confident it happens this year. I meant what I said once I beat Spence, if Charlo don’t move up, I’m coming for him. He on my hit list. I got two people on my hit list Spence then Jermell.”
Charlo became undisputed super-welterweight champion last weekend stopping Brian Castaño in the 10th round of their rematch. Crawford and Charlo have aimed quotes at one another in the past and should ‘Bud’ get a fight against ‘Iron Man’ at 154lbs he would be aiming to become a four-weight world champion.
Spence and Crawford have long been linked to a fight against one another and many feel that the match-up may be past its sell by date. Porter disagreed with such a sentiment believing the fight is happening at the right time, describing it as ‘greatness’ and placing it on the same level as Sugar Ray Leonard v Tommy Hearns and Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao.
“I’m excited about it,” said Crawford.
“I just can’t wait till the contract gets signed. I get to go to training camp; I just picture myself walking down that aisle to put on a great show. I know me, I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life to show, everybody that doubt me, who Terence Crawford is. It’s right there.”
Crawford was asked by podcast regular Sean Zittel about the style match-up and if his renowned counter punching would be an advantage against the intense pressure that Spence brings.
“I don’t look at my whole career as just being a counter puncher,” said Crawford.
“I feel like I can stay in the pocket. I feel like I can be first and last. I can counter, I can switch, I can do multiple things in the ring. A lot of people say I start slow but finish strong. It’s gonna make for a great, exciting fight. Whatever he brings to the table we’re gonna be 120% prepared for it. His onslaught with the pressure and all that stuff, we gonna be ready.”