Two-time welterweight ruler Shawn Porter has tipped three-weight world champion Terence Crawford to overcome former foe Errol Spence Jr if the American pair meet post-lockdown.
Porter, known as ‘Showtime’, told Dan Rafael on ‘Stars and Champions’ that he believes WBO champion Crawford is a more complete fighter than WBC and IBF title-holder Spence, and cited the Nebraskan’s switch-hitting style as a potential key to victory.
“When I analyse that fight, and I look at what both fighters take into the ring, I think Terence Crawford could win, and will win,” said Porter. “I think that Terence is the more intelligent fighter in the ring. I think that he has more experience than Errol Spence. He’s been in a championship arena for longer than Errol.
“Take into account that Terence is great with his right hand and also his left hand. He’s got power in both. That makes him unpredictable. He’s going to come out for one round, see how he feels in an orthodox position. Next round, he’ll see how he is in a southpaw position.
“He’s trying to determine how he wants to beat you. On the other hand, Errol Spence is trying to figure out how to beat him with just the right hand and then the left. He’s trying to figure out which way Terence is going to come at him.
“Crawford has more dimensions to his game. He’s faster and the better boxer from the outside. If Errol were to win that fight, he’d have to win it on the inside. I do think Crawford will win that fight.”
Though a welterweight mega-fight between the unbeaten pair could prove difficult to make due to promotional and political allegiances, Crawford told Boxing Social back in February that Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s cross-platform heavyweight rematch is evidence that a Spence clash could eventually materialise. Until such a time, however, the world waits to discover who will be the last man standing at 147lbs.