Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr reportedly have a timeframe for their rematch after having it out for the undisputed welterweight title earlier this year.
Crawford shone in the fight that was previously billed as a pick ’em, dominating a come-forward Spence to a stoppage in the ninth round.
The shellacking he dished out in July took him to 40-0, three-time world champion, two-time undisputed, and was so impressive that he leapfrogged to the top of many pound-for-pound lists.
Now considered one of, it not the best fighter on the planet, the idea of a rematch has underwhelmed some fans and the man himself has made it clear that he wants to move up in weight and challenge for more world titles.
Such are modern day contracts, though, and Spence may not see another option other than trying to avenge the defeat. It was confirmed at the beginning of September that he had activated the clause for a second crack at Crawford.
Now, ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reports that the bout is being targeted for February 2024 – months after the initially floated December of this year.
The date and location are as yet unannounced, and, more importantly, so is the weight class.
Spence, a career-long welterweight, said post-fight that he hoped Crawford, who started his career down at lightweight, would meet him up at 154lbs for the rematch.
Whilst Crawford was initially open to the idea, he later said in an interview that there had been nothing formal requested, so it was more likely to remain at welterweight for the undisputed title.
That, as well as the report about the timeframe, is expected to be clarified soon.