Spence, Crawford welterweight blockbuster July 29

After years of speculation regarding a potential match­up, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. have agreed to fight for the undisputed welterweight championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 29.

Crawford (39-0) has held the WBO welterweight title since 2018, while Spence (28-0) is the unified welter­weight champion, as he currently owns the IBF, WBC and WBA titles. Each fighter will earn over $10 mil­lion for the bout, with the agreement carrying a bidirectional rematch clause that the loser can initiate with­in 30 days.

Should the rematch occur, and Crawford and Spence each win once, Coppinger reports that a third fight would be “overwhelmingly likely” to happen. The agreement stipulates that the second fight between the two must be held before the end of 2023.

Both boxers are expected to move up in class to the middleweight divi­sion at the end of the year. —SI

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