Terence Crawford Says 'There's Nothing Standing in the Way' of Errol Spence Fight

Adam WellsMay 1, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 20: WBO champion Terence Crawford waits for the start of a welterweight title fight against Shawn Porter at Michelob ULTRA Arena on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
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The much-talked-about potential super fight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. could become a reality soon.

Speaking to ESPN's Mike Coppinger, Crawford said he would be "surprised" if the bout doesn't happen at some point in 2022. 

"I'm free to do whatever I want," Crawford added. "There's nothing standing in the way from us fighting. There's no promotion company that's blocking it, there's no wrong side of the street, there's no nothing. Let's see who the best welterweight in the world is."

Crawford told ESPN Deportes last month (h/t Coppinger) that he hopes to fight the winner of the Spence-Yordenis Ugas bout that took place on April 16. 

Spence won the bout by TKO in the 10th round to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title and retain the WBC and IBF welterweight titles. 

In his postfight comments in the ring after the victory, Spence made it clear who he wanted to challenge in his next bout. 

"That's the fight that I want," Spence said. "That's the fight that everybody else wants. Like I said, I'm going to get these straps and go over there and take his s--t too."

One of the biggest obstacles that had been standing in the way of the welterweight showdown was Crawford competing under the Top Rank banner. Bud left the promotion after his win over Shawn Porter in November. 

Spence is managed by Al Haymon, who has historically not seen eye to eye with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum when the two have negotiated fights in the past. They did work together to make the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout. 

If a fight with Spence can't come together, Crawford did throw out a potential alternative when speaking to ESPN Deportes in March. 

"I wanna move up and fight the winner of the [Brian] Castano-[Jermell] Charlo [bout]," he said. 

The Castano-Charlo fight for the undisputed super welterweight title will take place on May 14. 

Crawford and Spence are two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. They have a combined record of 66-0. 

Since moving up to the welterweight division in 2017, Crawford has won six consecutive fights by TKO. His five straight successful defenses of the WBO welterweight title are the most by any fighter since Antonio Margarito had a run of seven straight from 2002-07.