Back in May, Errol Spence Jr told FIGHT SPORTS that if the Terence Crawford fight doesn’t happen, it’s not because of him.
Now, five months later, Spence is sticking to that statement following the news that Crawford will face ranked welterweight David Avanesyan on December 10 in Omaha, Nebraska.
“I don’t know who [Avanesyan] is,” Spence told the Dallas Morning News Thursday night.
“I’ve done everything that I said I was going to do and I’ll fight him next and we’ll see who is holding the fight up. Everybody sees now who is holding the fight up. He had this [fight against Avanesyan] I guess in his back pocket.”
Crawford and Spence have been eyeing one another for a fight for a while now, but it didn’t seem to be really acknowledged until after Spence defeated Yordenis Ugas for his WBA welterweight strap back in April.
Spence responded to Crawford’s longtime callouts and agreed to have an undisputed title fight.
But the talks continued to drag for months with little updates along the way.
Still, ESPN reported that Crawford still intends to fight Spence and remains in negotiations. He said that he wanted to stay active and fight at least once this year.
The Nebraska native has not fought since a tenth-round knockout against Shawn Porter in November 2021, sending the latter into retirement.
Crawford-Spence is now targeted for February or March 2023, but Spence said he won’t be in the division for too long.
“I got to talk to my manager but I already told them I’m at this weight too long. I might be moving up I don’t know. I might be moving up,” said Spence.