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ERROL SPENCE JR Against Two of the Elites

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147-pound IBF champion Errol Spence added to his growing legend and made his case to be included on the mythical possible pound-for-pound list. Spence’s beatdown of former two-time welterweight champion Lamont Peterson was as poetic as it was brutal. The champion from Texas coarsened Peterson with head and body shots that eventually lead to the challenger’s corner declaring that they’d seen enough. The fight was called after the seventh round.

Considering that seven months before, Spence vanquished British strongman Kell Brook to win the title – Brook was a legit champion at the time — the possible fights for Spence against elite pugilist in the division are intriguing. Here is a quick look at two of these options.

Errol Spence Jr. V. Keith “One Time” Thurman

Thurman is undefeated, has an impressive resume and is also a world champion. Keith burst onto the scene in 2007 and racked up several stoppages early in his career. He was a menacing puncher with above average boxing skills.

In his last four bouts, Thurman has only recorded one stoppage and that was against a well-past his prime Luis Collazo. During his last contest, Thurman beat undefeated champion Danny Garcia via split decision. It was not One Time’s best performance but no one ever looks good when in with Garcia.
Against Thurman, Spence would be facing a solid boxer-puncher. Thurman can adjust during contests and is well-coached. Still, One Time’s once feared one-punch power is a thing of the past and Spence has shown to have a solid chin. Spence’s energy, superior boxing ability and concussive punching would lead him to another impressive victory. The Texan would score a late-round stoppage after some electrifying moments early in this fight.

 

Errol Spence Jr. V. Terence “Bud” Crawford

Like Spence, Crawford is in his prime and an undefeated champion. The Omaha product has excellent boxing acumen, beautiful footwork, heavy hands and a clear understanding of distance and timing. Spence would have a natural size advantage as Crawford has moved up from lightweight to super lightweight and is now slated to face Jeff Horn for a welterweight title later this year.
Although both fighters are skilled tacticians, I would have to slightly favor Crawford.

I believe that Bud, at this stage in his career, is a more complete fighter. The battle would be a phenomenal one as Spence in aggressive, can take a punch, is also heavy handed and can really box. In the end, I see Crawford doing enough to earn a hard-fought split decision victory.

Who knows if these fights will ever come to fruition. Still, we can all pray to the boxing Gods and hope that the best will fight the best. Spence is a special young fighter. He seems willing to face the top-tier and his all-action style makes him must-see television.

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