The long-awaited undisputed championship clash between the two best welterweight boxers in the world, Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KOs) and Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs), is taking shape.
Errol Spence Jr vs.Terence Crawford fight deal carries bilateral rematch clause
WBO champ Crawford and WBC, WBA (Super), IBF titleholder Spence have agreed to “all material terms” for a first fight on the 19th of November in Las Vegas, Mike Coppinger of ESPN Has reported. Coppinger also notes that the deal has yet to be signed, although it is expected to happen very soon.
Spence and Crawford will face off for the unification of the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF belts at 147 and the winner will thus be recognized as the undisputed champion of the division.
Coppinger also reports that there is a “bilateral rematch clause,” meaning the loser of the fight will have the option of triggering a rematch clause. That said, the winner of the first fight “will earn the majority of the revenue” in the second encounter.
For the first fight, it is reported that Crawford will get less than half of the revenue split, which seems to have been one of the things that held up negotiations in the first place, but the terms are now agreed.
Spence, 32, is the holder of the WBC, WBA Super and IBF belts. He is still undefeated among the pros with a total of 28 wins including 22 before the limit. Crawford, 34, has the WBO belt and also has a perfect record of 38 victories, including 29 before the limit.
“I want Terence Crawford; that’s the fight that I want,” Spence stated back in April, “That’s the fight everybody else wants. … Terence, I’m coming for that belt!”
“Now everybody’s saying that Errol’s back and he’s 100 percent ready. So now is the perfect time for me and him to fight. He called me out, so it ain’t no backing up,” Crawford also said at the same time. [H/T ESPN]