Former three-weight world champion, Shane Mosley, has changed his prediction ahead of the much-anticipated, all-American, undisputed welterweight title clash between Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford.
Mosley was a dominant force in the sport around the turn of the millennium, twice defeating Oscar De La Hoya to claim world titles at both welterweight and super-welterweight in the early 2000’s.
His success in the ring saw him win Fighter of the Year awards in both 1998 and 2000 and was considered as the greatest active pound-for-pound boxer by many at the time.
“It’s hard for me to say, but I think that before I was thinking that Spence had more of the edge because I thought that maybe he was a better boxer, he can move around and outpoint Crawford.
Now, I see that Spence has been through a car accident and stuff like that, I know about injuries and how they can affect you, because I’ve been injured with a hernia, groin, Achilles, all this stuff plays a big part. When you’re not 100% and you’re going up against another opponent that is just as good as you, it’s very hard to beat them.
So, I think that Crawford is probably 100% and he’s a game fighter, he’s willing to win, so I’m leaning more towards Crawford because of that. I’m not saying that Errol Spence won’t be able to beat him, it could be a 50/50 fight. I just think that, with all of the things that happened to Spence, that takes a big toll and there might be a hard hill to climb up in that fight.”
Spence and Crawford will finally face one another on July 29th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in an event that fans in the US can watch on Showtime PPV, with no UK broadcaster announced as of yet.