Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr
2023-07-29 23:30:00 EDT
The Line: Errol Spence Jr. +125 / Terence Crawford -145
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Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford fight Saturday for the WBO Welterweight title at the T-Mobile Arena. Spence enters this fight with a 28-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. Crawford enters this fight with a 39-0 record that includes 30 knockouts.
Spence Betting Preview
This will be Spence’s third fight since 2020, and he’s coming off an April (2022) win over Yordenis Ugás. Spence is coming off a convincing TKO victory where he landed 216 total punches to just 96 from his opponent. It was Spence’s first stoppage since his 2018 victory over Carlos Ocampo. Now over a year later, Spence steps in the ring for his biggest bout yet. Spence is 33 years old, a southpaw who stands at 5’9” and has a 72-inch reach. Spence is highly athletic, moves well, and his relentless work to the body is his trademark. While others are headhunting, Spence attacks the midsection over and over, eventually wearing down his opponent. Spence is a compact puncher who doesn’t waste much motion in his shots, and he’s got some of the best pop in the division. With a nasty uppercut and quick hooks, Spence’s offensive attack is a thing of beauty. With now 22 rounds under his belt since the car crash, it’s safe to bet Spence is back in top-notch form. This will be Spence’s eighth career fight in Nevada.
Crawford Betting Preview
This will be Crawford’s fourth fight since 2020, and he’s coming off a December win over David Avanesyan. Crawford is coming off a sixth round KO, where his right hand produced the stoppage. Crawford has now produced stoppages in each of his last 10 fights. Crawford is a 35-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’8” and has a 74-inch reach. Crawford is one of the best technical fighters in the sport, as he’s polished defensively with great head movement and shoulder rolls, and he allows very few rounds for his opponent to get comfortable. Crawford’s defense with his ability to fight out of either stance, he’s very tough to figure out. Crawford is a terrific counterpuncher and has a very strong right hand, as we saw in his last bout. Crawford is also an underrated power puncher despite a 76.9 percent finish percentage. Many consider Bud to be the best pound for pound boxer in the sport, and a victory here would certainly solidify that spot. This will be Crawford’s 10th career fight in Nevada.
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Randy’s Free Pick
You can make a case for either fighter here, as these are two of the most talented boxers in the sport and have shown little to no weakness up to this point. Crawford’s fundamentally sound approach probably makes him a safer bet, as we know he’s not going to put himself at risk. With that said, I’ve always liked Spence’s style more, as his ability to stay patient and work the body is a thing of beauty. He’s also the fighter we’re getting plus money on, and in a fight that could really go either way, I usually lean toward the more favorable price. Must-watch bout for combat sports fans.
Give me Spence in a thriller.