Errol Spence Jr vs Yordenis Ugas: Terence Crawford gives his prediction

  • Tom Ward

Terence Crawford reckons Errol Spence Jr won’t have it all his own way against Yordenis Ugas.

But the American has backed his fellow countryman to beat the Cuban when the two face off for three of the four major belts in Las Vegas.

Ugas holds the WBA title while Spence has the IBF and WBC straps in his possession.

Spence, 32, has not fought since he outpointed Danny Garcia in Arlington near his hometown of Dallas, Texas, in December 2020.

Ugas, meanwhile, dominated Manny Pacquiao over twelve rounds to successfully defend the world championship for the first time.

Spence is the odds-on favourite to win the fight outright, and most boxing fans are expecting him to comfortably deal with Ugas.

But Crawford, who has been calling for a fight against Spence for many years, insists that it isn’t a foregone conclusion despite the odds.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr. during their WBC & IBF World Welterweight Championship fight at AT&T Stadium on December 05, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The former three-weight world champion told ESPN: “I give Spence a little edge, but that’s not taking any credit away from Ugas, I think he’s a tremendous talent, I think he got what it takes to derail Spence.

“But who knows how that fight’s gonna go. It’s going to be a great fight. Hopefully I can get the winner.

“If not, I want to move up and fight the winner of [Brian] Castano and [Jermell] Charlo.”

Crawford’s rival Spence recently expressed his wishes that he still hopes that the fight can get made.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 21: Yordenis Ugas (L) hits Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their WBA welterweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ugas retained his title by unanimous decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Nicknamed ‘Bud’, Crawford is currently a free agent after leaving Top Rank amid a legal dispute with Bob Arum, and Spence explained on the DAZN Boxing Show that has made negotiations ‘a lot easier’.

He said: “It wasn’t my first thought.

“Talking to my manager, the people that he’s dealing with now, I think it’s a lot easier to be made.

“We’ll see what happens after the Ugas thing. If I have three belts. 

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“A lot of people want me to say this and that, but the proof is in the pudding of what I’m doing.

“I’m fighting for my third belt, let’s get something on the table so I can fight for a fourth belt.”

However, that doesn’t mean Spence is taking his eye off the ball when it comes to preparing for Ugas, though.

He added: “He’s a solid fighter, he comes from the school of Cuban boxing, sound fundamentals.

“He’s got a good stepback, throws body shots well, good jab. He’s fundamentally sound. 

“He makes a few mistakes but I like him.”

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