The two undefeated welterweights faced each other for the first time, with both men knowing that victory would make them the first undisputed welterweight champion in the four-belt era.
And in doing so, Crawford is aiming to be the first two-division, four-belt undisputed champion, while Spence could end up beating four reigning champions to fully unify any division in the four-belt era.
And it was Crawford who spoke first and immediately went on the offensive as he mocked Spence’s reputation for being the ‘big fish’ by vowing to punish him.
“He calls himself the big fish. What happens when you take the fish out the water? You suffocate him.
“I’m gonna gut him and feed him to everyone that eats fish in here. If he’s a big fish, we’re gonna have enough for everyone, with potatoes on the side. We don’t smoke over here, we go hunting for fish fillet.
“People after this fight are gonna say that Bud Crawford is special. I can assure you that. He’ll give me my respect after the fight after I whoop that ass,” Crawford
Spence was equally in a fighting mood as he dismissed Crawford’s resume by questioning the caliber of his wins at 140 and 147 lbs.
And yet, Spence dismissed those worries by promising to show that he is the better fighter.
“Y’all go to ESJTheTruth.com and go buy that pack, man. We gonna roll him up and smoke him. It’s legal in Vegas. We gonna roll him up and smoke this dude,” Spence
With such a big fight on the horizon, fans will get the chance to watch it on Showtime pay-per-view for $84.99.
“We’re thrilled to be delivering this once-in-a-generation fight. This fight speaks for itself. Two of the best fighters in the sport fighting to make history. If you were going to create the perfect fight, it would look a lot like this,” Espinoza
With that being said, the fight cannot come soon enough.