Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford are set to finally face off to crown a four-belt welterweight champion – and Tony Bellew doesn’t see it going the distance.
The two elite operators recently delighted fans by making the fight official after years of failed talks, and predictions can now be made with the assurance that they will be put to the test.
Bellew – a former World Cruiserweight Champion – spoke to Boxing News about the fight, and is backing ‘Bud’ to do the business.
“I did pick Bud the other day, but I just don’t know because the size of Spence will be a factor in this fight … The mad thing is, I think Errol Spence might be doing really well and then I think he might get stopped. Which is absolutely nuts, I can’t believe I’m saying that.”
The fighter-turned-pundit has high praise for Crawford, believing he’s the full package.
“Terence Crawford is a once in a lifetime fighter. He’s exceptional, he’s that good. There’s nothing the boy can’t do … He’s still just blitzing people for fun – he’s a freak of nature.”
Bellew also has good words for Spence Jr, who holds three belts to Crawford’s one, but can’t get past the skill of Crawford when it comes to his fight pick.
“I wish them both the best, cause I love Errol Spence as well. Errol’s a top fighter. His nickname is what he is – he is the truth. I expect him to bring the truth on that night when they meet.
They will draw the best out of each other. You will see in patches of this fight the best of both of them – I just think Terence Crawford has less tread on the tires – and I think that will be the defining factor. He just might be more skilful.”
The two welterweight champions meet in the ring on July 29 at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.