By: Sean Cross
It’s the fight everyone wants to see – Terence Crawford’s long-standing fight against his brother welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr. was hoped to become a reality in late 2022. However, unfortunately for fans, it doesn’t look like the fight will ever be seen again. – At least not this year. Instead, Crawford told ESPN that he signed on to fight David Avanesian next. The Crawford-Avanesian fight is said to be going down on December 10th in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. As reported, the fight will be the main event of the pay-per-view card. Crawford’s WBO welterweight title is at stake.
It all comes amid drama between Team Crawford and Team Spence over what some feel is an impending, or perhaps past, war. “I was really looking forward to the Errol Spence fight,” ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported Crawford as saying. “I started meeting with Al Hammon and the PBC in June. And unfortunately, they represent a fighter in Errol Spence who doesn’t want the fight as bad as I do.” Crawford added that he did everything he could to create a feud with Spence.
“They’ve been dragging their asses for months. When I tried to close the deal, Spence was nowhere to be found… I explained to Al Hammon and Errol that I would be fighting before the end of the year. WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight titlist Spence, of course, has his own take on the matter. “I could fight in November,” the Texan posted on social media Thursday. “You’ve been fighting at this weight for over ten years, it’s not easy or fun,” Spence added. It’s growing among boxing fans that the long lead to Crawford-Spence began to look like a never-ending lead until the 2015 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup, which, despite his fortunes, took place years later. Must have – years similar to ions in the sport of boxing.
Still, even though he doesn’t have the history of Spain’s stars, 29-3-1 Avanesian certainly can’t be considered a joke. He is also competitive and aggressive. “David Avanesian is a very hard worker,” Crawford reportedly said. “He’s taken out his last six opponents and this guy is dangerous. Once I succeed with Avanesian, my plan is still the same: Y’errol Spence’s ass. The Crawford-Spence feud is said to run for February of next year.