Teddy Atlas Breaks Down Why Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford Are Not Fighting Each Other

Published 12/26/2020, 10:53 AM EST
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 11: Errol Spence Jr. celebrates his victory against Chris van Heerden during their Premier Boxing Champions bout at the Ricoh Coliseum on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)


It’s time for the welterweight division to unify their titles by setting up a mega-fight between the unbeaten champions in Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr.

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Both the champions have outclassed their rivals in recent times in a commendable fashion. Crawford knocked out Brook to defend his WBO strap, and Spence Jr. took out Danny Garcia in an electrifying return.

While the two should lock horns in 2021, Errol Spence Jr. seems to have lost interest in ‘Bud’. He recently desired to face Canelo Alvarez, ruling out a fight with Terence Crawford from his priority list.

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However, boxing fans might not sit well with it. They have desired for the welterweight thriller between ‘The Truth’ and ‘Bud’ for a long time. So, it makes little sense to be deprived of the contest.

Boxing trainer Teddy Atlas newly shed his opinion on the entire scenario and predicted fan’s reaction.

Speaking on Errol Spence Jr’s comments, Atlas said, “I understand the fans out there. Some of them are going to say that by doing that maybe he doesn’t want the fight because he is going to make it difficult.”

He added, “Fans on Crawford’s side are probably going to say, ‘Hey he is out much, instead of 50-50 then maybe he doesn’t want to fight.”

Errol Spence Jr. and his unlimited options

While Crawford seems to be ready for the fight, Spence Jr has shown little interest. He has several other options ahead, but a fight with ‘Bud’ makes the most sense.

Amid all, Canelo Alvarez is still irrelevant to the mix, as the Mexican is already in the super middleweight division. He has his own title ride with possible opponents, and Errol Spence Jr. might not allure the 168 lbs champion.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Talking about it, Atlas said, “He (Errol Spence Jr.) mentioned of course before he got off, he mentioned he would like to fight Canelo. So, that gives even more fuel to the fire. That maybe he doesn’t want the Crawford fight, or he doesn’t think it could be made when he wants it to be made.

“He is looking at his options and he is trying to build those options and talking about a Canelo super-fight where he could retire,” added Teddy Atlas.

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Well, 2021 can only cleanse the doubts surrounding the air. There are numerous fresh matchups on the chart and fans are eagerly waiting for them to materialize.

That said, Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. is one such contest.

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Do you think ‘The Truth’ and ‘Bud’ will collide in 2021?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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