Claressa Shields Predicts Errol Spence Jr’s Fate in Terence Crawford Rematch: “When Someone Destroys You Like That, They Always Got…”

Published 09/09/2023, 9:33 AM EDT

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Errol Spence Jr., undefeated, always grinned post-fight. July 29th, that changed. Terence Crawford, a name synonymous with dominance, challenged Spence’s legacy, shaking the boxing world. Among the riveted audience was Claressa Shields, an Olympic teammate of Spence. Her take on the unexpected twist? Startling. While everyone raved about Crawford’s masterclass, Shields offered an odd observation: ‘When someone alters your walk, they control your path.’ A cryptic comment leaving everyone puzzled.

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What did she truly mean? As the buzz of a rematch fills the air, Shields’ words echo louder. Will her prediction hold true? Dive in as we dissect this profound statement, the turbulent encounter, and what lies ahead in this high-voltage rivalry.

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The night’s bout wasn’t merely a test of skill but of legacy and grit. Both fighters entered with so much at stake. And as the dust settled, it was Crawford standing tall, having dropped Spence thrice before sealing victory in the ninth round. As Spence returned to his dressing room, the weight of his first professional defeat heavy on his shoulders, the sports world was in sheer astonishment.

But amongst the multitude of reactions, one voice stood out. Claressa Shields, not just a spectator but someone who shared Olympic ties with Spence. In a recent interview with Marko Boxing, she shed light on the rematch everyone’s waiting for. Transitioning from an initial concern for Spence’s well-being, she began her analysis.

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“I think he will train hard,” Shields remarked, capturing the essence of Spence’s fighting spirit. “I think he will be better.” Yet, her next words gave a pause. “He can put forth a better effort, but when somebody destroys you like that, they always got the ups on you.”

Such a statement, coming from a figure as respected as Shields, carries weight. And it leaves us pondering: Can Spence truly turn the tables in a rematch? Only time will tell. However, a certain fighter is still in disbelief post the fight that took place on 29th July.

Ugas feels Spence should have done something differently

In a candid conversation with Boxing Scene, Yordenis Ugas expressed his bewilderment at Errol Spence Jr.’s recent performance against Terence Crawford. “That wasn’t the Spence that fought with me,” an astonished Ugas remarked. Just 15 months earlier, Ugas had lost his WBA title to a fierce Spence.

He speculated that Spence’s choice to compete at 147 pounds could have hampered his performance, suggesting that a rematch at 154 pounds would present a more evenly matched battle. Despite Ugas’ reservations about Spence’s surprising showing, Spence appears resolute in seeking a rematch.

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Claressa Shields offered her insightful perspective, believing that past defeats can psychologically sway future matches. On the other hand, Yordenis Ugas, another formidable contender in the ring, presented a unique viewpoint based on weight categories and their potential impact.

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Will Spence’s strategy shift yield the desired outcome, or will Crawford’s dominance persist? What do you think will be the defining factor in their next encounter?

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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