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The biggest confirmed bout of the year takes place in Las Vegas on Saturday night as unbeaten duo Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr face off in a showdown that will provide the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era.
Crawford is a three-weight champion and unified the light welterweight division before moving up, claiming the WBO welterweight crown in his debut at this weight against Australia’s Jeff Horn, while Spence Jr brings the IBF, WBA and WBC belts to the table in what should be a fascinating contest.
I’ve covered the main event and have also put together a 14/1 accumulator covering a couple of the undercard bouts ahead of a huge night of boxing in Las Vegas.
Where to watch Spence vs Crawford
This undisputed welterweight title showdown will take place on Saturday, July 29 in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.
The headline fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday morning for viewers in the UK, with ringwalks for the main event expected at around 4am. The main undercard is due to begin at around 1am.
The bout will be broadcast in the UK on TNT Sports Box Office and will cost £19.95 as a PPV event. The fight is also available as a live stream the event on the TNT Sports Box Office app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
Who is on the Spence vs Crawford undercard?
- Errol Spence Jr vs Terence Crawford
- Nonito Donaire vs Alexandro Santiago
- Isaac Cruz vs Giovanni Cabrera
- Yoenis Tellez vs Sergio Garcia
- Gurgen Hovhannisyan vs Viktor Vykhryst
- Steven Nelson vs Rowdy Montgomery
- Jose Salas Reyes vs Aston Palicte
Spence vs Crawford prediction
This is an incredibly tough match-up to call between two elite performers with unbeaten records.
Crawford, 35, is 39-0 with 30 KOs and has moved up through the weight divisions, dominating at every level. Spence Jr is 28-0 with 20 stoppage victories and is rated at number four by Ring Magazine on their pound-for-pound list, one place below his opponent on Saturday.
No result would necessarily come as a huge shock and solid cases can clearly be made for both men ahead of this showdown, but the bookmakers don’t quite see it that way and Crawford is rated as the 20/31 favourite with Spence Jr a 5/4 underdog.
As such, it might be best to go with the value here from a betting perspective but I am also leaning towards a Spence win regardless of the prices in a clash where both men are a match for each other in all areas.
There has been plenty of hype about Crawford’s ability to switch stances over the last few weeks but ‘The Truth’ has dealt with switch-hitters before. Crawford is probably just about the technically superior of the two but he has also been hurt before – Shawn Porter had some success in their 2021 fight and he was knocked down by Egidijus Kavaliauskas early on in their meeting, despite that incident not officially being regarded as a knock down.
Spence is also a slick operator and an excellent counterpuncher, so he should be able to engineer enough opportunities to land a few big shots. In what should be a tight contest a knockdown could make all the difference if the judges are required – and Spence’s natural power looks a huge weapon here. Crawford is the kind of fighter who uses his movement to get close then back away before looking for another opening, while Spence tends to push forward wherever possible and if the 33-year-old is the one who appears to be engaging more often that could work in his favour if this is a close battle.
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14/1 Boxing Accumulator
Errol Spence Jr to win
Vs Terence Crawford
Nonito Donaire to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification
Vs Alexandro Santiago
Nonito Donaire is surely close to the end of his career and the 40-year-old can become a world champion once again by picking up the vacant WBC bantamweight title when he takes on Alexandro Santiago.
Santiago has three losses and five draws on a 35-fight record and has never been stopped, but he hasn’t faced anyone of the calibre of the Filipino Flash before either. Time isn’t on Donaire’s side anymore and his last four wins have all been inside the distance in a run stretching back to 2017, and the veteran will look to force the issue early on so back Donaire to win via stoppage.
Yoenis Tellez to win
Vs Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia had been gearing up for a meeting with rising star Jesus Alejandro Ramos but a hand injury to Ramos means Yoenis Tellez has been brought in as a replacement. There is an argument that this clash has come a bit too soon for Tellez, but the unbeaten Cuban can make the most of this early chance.
Garcia has lost two of his last three fights and could come up short against a young and hungry Tellez, who has five wins in as many attempts and four of those victories have come via stoppages.
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