2 Days Away From Spence vs Crawford: Undercard Talent Talks



2 Days Away From Spence vs Crawford: Undercard Talent Talks

Fighters set to compete on the Spence vs Crawford SHOWTIME PPV undercard hit a public media workout Wednesday, to help hype the Saturday, July 29 Premier Boxing Champions event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The workout featured Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz and undefeated contender Giovanni Cabrera, who meet in a WBC and WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator, as well as future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire. He and his foe, Mexican contender Alexandro Santiago, vie the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship. Also, Yoenis Tellez and Spanish contender Sergio Garcia fight in the telecast opener at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Oh yes, Spence and Crawford both showed, too.

Errol Spence at July 26, 2023 workout, ahead of July 29 Spence vs Crawford

Errol Spence at July 26, 2023 workout, in support of the undercard talent. Photo by Esther Lin

“It’s strap season, and we’re going to crawfish boil another guy on Saturday night,” said Spence. “We’re going to cook him up real good, so everyone make sure you bring your cajun seasoning… It’s going to be one for the history books. This is going to be one you’ll be talking about for a very long time.”

“It’s another day in the office. I’m prepared for everything that’s going to come with securing a victory Saturday,” said Crawford. “I’ve been here before, and now it’s just a waiting game…You can expect fireworks and the best Terence Crawford that you guys have seen.”

What the undercard fighters had to say Wednesday, three days from Spence vs Crawford,  from MGM Grand:


“I’m just going to have to be smart, and not get into his game. I need to dictate everything.

“The big fights and the big moments I’ve had definitely helped me mature, and the quality of opponents I’ve had have made me better ever since I fought them.”

Isaac Cruz, boxer

A rematch with Gervonta Davis is on the table for Isaac Cruz. Photo by Esther Lin


““His [Isaac Cruz] name is Pitbull. I thought he was going to bite me [at the fighter arrivals]. Good thing he didn’t.

“The bigger the anger of the beast, the harder he is going to fall on my sword. I am a bull fighter. I am a matador. Every fighter I have faced has tried to take my head off and I’ve picked them apart.”

NONITO DONAIRE, fighting on Spence vs Crawford undercard

“Everybody showed up to dance around, but I’m going to show all of these guys what this old man can do.

Nonito Donaire, age 40, at July 26, 2023 Spence vs Crawford media workout in Las Vegas

Donaire is shooting for another crown. Esther Lin shot this picture

“I’m going to keep going. I’m going to keep fighting, and I’m going to get that undisputed bantamweight title. That’s the only thing I have not done. I’ve done everything else – Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, multiple divisions unified.”


“I fully respect a legend like Donaire outside the ring no matter what, but inside the ring, my hunger to win is unparalleled and I don’t care who is in front of me.

“It is an advantage that I am young, but Donaire’s a very dangerous fighter regardless of his age. I’m not about to underestimate him because he punches really hard and can be very dangerous if you let him.”

YOENIS TELLEZ, fighting on Spence vs Crawford undercard

“I’m good enough, I’m skilled enough and I’m hungry enough to take on something like this. When you have an opportunity to fight on a huge card like this one, it’s impossible to turn it down.

“There are so many things we want to do Saturday night. We’re going to put on a show, and you’re going to see me show out.”


“I’m so honored to be a part of this with all of you. All I want to do is put on a great show, because that’s what you all deserve.

“It doesn’t surprise me one bit that Tellez took this fight. Who wouldn’t take a fight like this on a card like this regardless of how many fights you’ve had beforehand? Experience will just be one factor of many in this fight.”

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Spence vs Crawford will see unified WBC, WBA and IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol “The Truth’’ Spence Jr. take on WBO 147-pound world champion Terence “Bud’’ Crawford for the Undisputed Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, July 29 in a highly anticipated SHOWTIME PPV clash from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The pay-per-view begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features hard-hitting contender Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz facing unbeaten Giovanni Cabrera in a 12-round WBC and WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator in the co-main event, plus future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire battles Mexican contender Alexandro Santiago for the vacant WBC Bantamweight Title. Kicking off the telecast is top prospect Yoenis Tellez dueling Spanish contender Sergio Garcia in a 10-round super welterweight attraction.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.