Crawford Stops Spence With Three Knockdowns To Become The Undisputed Welterweight Champion

Terence Crawford created history as he stopped Errol Spence Jr. in the ninth round to become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era.

Crawford dominated in a one-sided performance that was characterised by three knockdowns on Spence, as the ‘Truth’ had no answer to Bud’s masterful performance.

Bud set the tone with his ring walk, as the newly-undisputed champion walked out with rapper Eminem with a fish net over his shoulder, showing he was ready to beat the self-proclaimed ‘big fish’ that was Spence.

The first round was a cagey affair, as both fighters were feeling each other out in a round that Spence shaded on the scorecards with a couple of body shots.

While that may have been the case, fans didn’t have to wait long for the first piece of action.

As Spence leaned in with his jab to the body, Crawford landed a counter jab and a right hand that sent Spence to the canvas.

In truth, the shot was not damaging, but it set the tone for the fight as Crawford raced ahead with a 10-8 round. Spence was immediately on the offensive in the next round, as he aimed to push back.

The ‘Truth’ did land a left and a right hand, only for ‘Bud’ to return the fire. Crawford stepped on the gas as pair of left hands broke Spence’s guard, as the latter had blood dripping from his mouth and nose.

While Spence did get on the inside and land in the fourth, Crawford backed Spence up, pushing the bigger man with ease. Crawford’s combinations continued, as the fighter was in a natural rhythm.

Spence’s attacks to the body did little to slow down Crawford, who was controlling the centre ring. And so it showed in the seventh round.

Spence landed a short left only for Bud respond with a chopping right over the top, sending his opponent to the floor once again.

While Spence managed to get up, it was to no avail as a right hook from Crawford near the end of the bell put him to the floor once again.

With Crawford sensing danger, he continued to walk down Spence. Crawford unleashed another combination as it was only a matter of time before Spence couldn’t hold on.

And so it showed in the ninth round. Crawford began to potshot Spence at will, landing a counter right hook, a left and a right in a flurry on punches, as the referee stepped in to end the bout.

Victory puts Crawford arguably as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, as Spence must regroup in a fight where he offered very little.

Post-Fight Comments

“Like I said before, I only dreamed of being a world champion. I’m an overachiever. Nobody believed in me when I was coming up, but I made everybody a believer. I want to thank Spence and his team because without him none of this would have been possible.

“It means everything because of who I took the belts from,” he says. “They tried to blackball me. They kept me out. They talked bad about me. They said I wasn’t good enough and I couldn’t beat these welterweights. I just kept my head to the sky and kept praying to God that I would get the opportunity to show the world how great Terence Crawford is. Tonight, I believe I showed how great I am.

“Errol Spence is a tremendous talent and he’s got a great jab,” he says. “We were worried about the jab coming in because that’s how he sets up all of his shots. Our main focus was the jab. You take away his best attribute. The rest is history,” Crawford

“He was the better man tonight. He was using his jab, and my timing was a little bit off. He was catching me in between shots. He was just better tonight. I make no excuses,” Spence

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