Eagerly awaited showdown between undefeated American welterweights Spence and Crawford for the undisputed championship in boxing's glamour division.
Crawford and Spence, former champions at lighter weights, now meet as welterweights with multiple titles on the line.
Winner of Crawford vs. Spence unifies welterweight titles, stakes claim as one of the world's best fighters.
But the best fight that boxing can deliver might have never happened at all if Crawford hadn’t picked up the phone back in March.
Rarely do two pound-for-pound boxers of similar age and weight class meet, but Spence and Crawford's summit has been a no-brainer for years. However, promotional rivalries between PBC and Top Rank make the matchup challenging.
Seemingly fading like other blockbusters, hope rekindled as Crawford Facetimed Spence in March. They talked for 30 mins, hashed out details, made concessions, agreed terms. Vegas sizzles.
Crawford and Spence revived the dying blockbuster. Facetime call led to agreements, concessions, and a scorching Vegas fight. Success amid uncertainty.
In the two-month promotion, Crawford and Spence showed mutual admiration and respect. They made weight in front of thousands, with a wholesome staredown, leaving a positive impression.
“You don’t have to thank me for making this fight happen,” Spence leaned in to say, betraying a wry grin.
“You don’t have to thank me either,” Crawford said, sealing their bond with a handshake. “We can thank each other. We’re going to make history.”