Former two weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi has revealed his prediction for the quickly approaching undisputed welterweight world title fight between Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford.
The legacy defining four belt unification has pundits, fighters and fans seemingly split right down the middle, though Crawford is a slight favourite with the bookmakers at the time of writing.
However, in a recent interview with WCS, Malignaggi explained that he actually disagrees with the odds makers and believes that Spence’s size will prove too big an obstacle for three weight world champion Crawford to overcome on July 29th.
“I really like both guys and have utmost respect for their careers and their accomplishments. That said, I think Errol’s too big and the natural size is going to be a bit too much for Terence to deal with.
We’ll see how it plays out. I think Terence is more versatile and he’s actually my number one guy on the pound for pound list. I think Errol wins the fight, but I think Terence is the more complete fighter.
But at welterweight, I think Spence will cause a pace and physicality to the fight that the smaller guy will be worn down by.”
Both Spence and Crawford are believed to have rematch clauses in their contracts meaning that, after waiting for what feels like an eternity for the all American showdown, we could actually see it twice in a matter of months.
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is the venue that will host the historic clash, which will almost definitely see the victor widely regarded as pound for pound number one.