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A Generational Undisputed Welterweight Championship That Will Crown the New King of Boxing - Five Reasons You Need to Watch Errol “The Truth” Spence vs Terence “Bud” Crawford on July 29

July 25, 2023

By Curran Bhatia


On July 29th, two champions will enter the ring: Errol "The Truth" Spence and Terence "Bud" Crawford. Both men will enter undefeated. Both men will enter with championship hardware at welterweight. Both men in their prime. Both men knowing what this fight means for legacy, pound-for-pound status, and a chance to cement yourself as one of the sport's immortals for this era.

Only one man will leave the ring with all four belts at 147 pounds.

In the world of boxing, unification bouts are highly coveted and exceptionally rare events. Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, both widely regarded as two of the best welterweights in the world, are poised to face off in a contest that will determine the undisputed champion of the division. Spence holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF welterweight titles, while Crawford reigns as the undefeated WBO welterweight champion. This unification bout is an opportunity to witness the absolute pinnacle of the sport - a showdown that unites the titles and establishes one supreme ruler, a fighter who will be celebrated as the best in the 147-pound weight class.

For both fighters, this is more than just another title defense; it is a chance to etch their names in the boxing history books alongside the legends of the past. A victory in this contest would not only validate their individual achievements but also secure their place among the sport's all-time greats. As they step into the ring, the legacy of fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Durán looms large, inspiring Spence and Crawford to reach for greatness and leave a lasting impact on the sport they love.

Errol "The Truth" Spence vs. Terence "Bud" Crawford for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship will be available in select markets on FITE on July 29th.


Errol Spence Jr.'s fighting style is a brilliant amalgamation of technical prowess, power punching, and ring intelligence, making him one of the most complete fighters in the welterweight division. Often hailed as a textbook boxer, Spence seamlessly blends classic fundamentals with modern techniques, making him a formidable force inside the squared circle.

One of Spence's most notable attributes is his exceptional footwork. He possesses remarkable agility and balance, allowing him to effortlessly pivot, sidestep, and move around the ring with grace. This footwork not only helps him cut angles effectively but also enables him to control the distance between himself and his opponents, giving him a significant tactical advantage. By maintaining the right range, he can capitalize on openings while staying out of harm's way, making it challenging for his adversaries to land clean shots.

In addition to his footwork, Spence is known for his impeccable timing. He possesses an innate ability to gauge his opponent's rhythm and capitalize on brief moments of vulnerability. This keen sense of timing allows him to execute precise counterpunches, punishing his foes for their mistakes.

Another hallmark of Spence's fighting style is his intelligent body punching. He targets his opponent's midsection with calculated precision, systematically breaking down their stamina and resolve. By going to the body, Spence not only weakens his opponents but also creates openings for headshots later in the fight.

While Spence is a can't miss five-tool athlete - he has gone through his own share of adversity to get here. In October 2019, Spence faced a life-threatening car crash that sent shockwaves through the boxing world. The accident occurred when his speeding Ferrari veered off the road and flipped multiple times, leaving him with severe injuries. The crash was a harrowing experience, leaving Spence with broken teeth and facial lacerations.

Fortunately, Spence's injuries did not end his boxing career, but they did present significant challenges. The road to recovery was arduous, demanding not only physical rehabilitation but also mental strength to overcome the trauma of the accident. Many doubted whether he could ever return to the same level of performance he exhibited before the crash. However, Spence actually looked better than ever in his comeback performances.

In 2021, another setback emerged when it was revealed that Spence required eye surgery to repair a detached retina. This posed yet another serious threat to his boxing career, as eye injuries are among the most concerning issues for any fighter. Spence's strength outside the ring mirrored his strength inside the ring, and he was able to overcome this setback as well.

Going through these incidents and coming out the other side even stronger tells you everything you need to know about the 28-0 Errol "The Truth" Spence. For years, we wanted to see Spence tested at the highest possible level. That opportunity will come on Saturday, July 29th, vs. equally talented Terence "Bud" Crawford.

Errol "The Truth" Spence vs. Terence "Bud" Crawford for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship will be available in select markets on FITE on July 29th.


Terence Crawford's fighting style is a testament to his versatility, adaptability, and innate boxing intelligence. He is renowned for his ability to seamlessly switch between orthodox and southpaw stances, confounding his opponents and enabling him to deliver a diverse range of punches with precision and power.

One of Crawford's greatest assets is his exceptional ring IQ. He possesses an uncanny ability to read his opponents and make split-second adjustments in strategy. This allows him to exploit their weaknesses while capitalizing on openings to deliver decisive blows. Crawford's ring intelligence enables him to control the pace of the fight and dictate the terms of engagement, making him a formidable foe for any opponent.

Crawford's offensive repertoire is diverse and formidable. He carries knockout power in both hands, making him a dangerous puncher regardless of his stance. He employs a combination of quick jabs, crisp combinations, and devastating hooks to keep his opponents off balance and constantly guessing. Crawford's punch accuracy is remarkable, allowing him to land punches with surgical precision.

One of the most important and unique tools for Crawford is his finishing ability - when he has you hurt, he finishes the show. That is apparent in that he's riding a 10-fight knockout streak coming into this contest and has knocked out every opponent he's faced at welterweight.

Once Crawford has his opponent hurt, he becomes a predatory force, capitalizing on the smallest openings and exploiting weaknesses to unleash a torrent of punishing blows. The key to his notable finishing qualities is his ability to remain calm under pressure. Rather than allowing the excitement of a potential knockout to cloud his judgment, he remains composed, calculating his next moves with precision. This mental clarity enables him to make split-second decisions, ensuring every punch he throws is strategic and aimed with pinpoint accuracy.

Crawford's finishing ability is also a testament to his versatility as a boxer. Whether he's fighting as an orthodox or southpaw fighter, he adjusts his approach to exploit the most advantageous angles for attack. His diverse offensive arsenal, coupled with his ability to switch stances effortlessly, bewilders opponents and makes him an even more dangerous finisher.

It is a treat for all boxing fans to get to see the exceptional talent of Crawford tested against an equally exceptional Spence.

Errol "The Truth" Spence vs. Terence "Bud" Crawford for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship will be available in select markets on FITE on July 29th.


July 29th is a date that boxing fans around the world have eagerly circled on their calendars because it marks the day when two undefeated champions, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr., collide in an electrifying matchup. The evenness of this bout stems from the remarkable parallels in their careers and their shared hunger for welterweight supremacy.

Both Crawford and Spence boast pristine professional records, a rare feat in the unforgiving world of boxing. Their undefeated status underscores their dominance in the welterweight division and adds an extra layer of excitement to the fight. The fact that they have both climbed the ranks without tasting defeat demonstrates their exceptional skill, resilience, and determination.

Moreover, both fighters fully comprehend the legacy that hangs in the balance on this historic night. The significance of this unification bout goes far beyond the accumulation of titles. Crawford and Spence are acutely aware that this encounter will cement their status among the all-time greats in boxing. A victory in this high-stakes contest not only bestows the distinction of being the undisputed welterweight champion but also ensures that their names will forever be etched in the annals of the sport's illustrious history.

The hunger for supremacy in the 147-pound weight class is palpable for both fighters. The welterweight division has long been regarded as one of the most competitive and storied in boxing, boasting a lineage of legendary fighters who have left indelible marks on the sport. Crawford and Spence, as proud representatives of this division, now seek to carve their own legacies into its rich tapestry.

The lead-up to this momentous bout has been marked by mutual respect and a desire to prove themselves as the best in the division. The anticipation of witnessing two champions, at the peak of their powers, stepping into the ring with so much on the line, has generated immense excitement among fans and pundits alike.

As July 29th approaches, the boxing world braces for an epic showdown that embodies the essence of the sweet science. With both fighters boasting an impeccable track record, understanding the weight of this defining moment, and fueled by an insatiable hunger for greatness, there is no doubt that Crawford vs. Spence will be an even matchup for the ages. As the two warriors lace up their gloves and enter the squared circle, the world will bear witness to a clash of champions - one that will undoubtedly go down as a timeless and unforgettable moment in the sport of boxing.

Errol "The Truth" Spence vs. Terence "Bud" Crawford for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship will be available in select markets on FITE on July 29th.


This moment isn't just an undisputed fight or chance to test yourself at the highest level - this fight has it all and will certainly define the generational king at welterweight. The importance of this bout is top of mind for both men.

In Errol Spence's own words:


This is the biggest fight in boxing. When you look at your styles, and know our mentalities, you know neither of us are gonna want to break. I feel like someone is gonna break on fight night. I'm ready to show people that I'm one of the best welterweights of all time. Don't miss this fight. Because I'm gonna show everyone why I'm breaking people.

And for Crawford, he knows how rare this type of megafight can be:


This is a fight that's been marinating. This is greatness that you're going to see on July 29. I've been preparing my whole life for this moment. Moments like these don't come often, and this is my time.

July 29 I can assure you, you're gonna walk away and say, ‘Terence Crawford is special.' You're gonna mark me down as one of the greatest of all time.

I rise to the occasion when I have the odds stacked against me. I'm a fan of Errol, but this is business. I see myself beating him. I've visualized it numerous times before."

You do not want to miss this one. Errol "The Truth" Spence vs. Terence "Bud" Crawford for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship will be available in select markets on FITE on July 29th.

Curran Bhatia


Curran Bhatia is a 4-time Emmy® nominee at HBO Sports. With nearly a decade of experience at HBO, Curran produced/directed long-form documentaries (including the Emmy award-winning series "24/7"), and 250+ live events. Since HBO, Curran has stepped in front of the camera as On-Air Talent, Host, Play-By-Play Announcer, Analyst, Essayist, and Interviewer on NBC Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports, DAZN, FITE, and more. Curran hosts Ask The Experts podcast. Follow Curran on all social channels: @CurranBhatia