Spence Talks Life After Boxing

As he contemplates his next steps, Errol Spence Jr. may become a promoter. 

Spence was present at the Gervonta Davis vs. Frank Martin presser to support Martin, who is signed to his management company ‘Man Down.’ Martin is a big underdog who is seeking his first world title by picking up Davis’ WBA Lightweight Belt. Spence knows what it takes to be in big fights.

He faced Terence Crawford last year, getting stopped in round nine. The win made Crawford the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. Spence has not been in the ring since then. While he has been linked with a Sebastian Fundora at 154, his current aim is to promote Martin. That is a career path he may go into. 

“But I like the promoter side. I feel like it might be my calling a little bit, being a promoter and looking at the young guys coming up and helping them get to the top of their level, because that’s where we at right now. He [Martin]’s at the top right now, and once he’s at the top, you’re the man,” Spence said 

Spence also recalled the damage he suffered from his car accidents. Two accidents shook the boxer, with one resulting in a detached retina. Spence bounced back to beat Yordenis Ugas. However, after the Crawford defeat, he had cataract surgery on his right eye. Spence was clear he wanted to leave the sport without serious damage, as he recalled the severity of the accidents. But he also gave Crawford his props for his performance. 

“A lot of people take it lightly just because I came back and fought and all that but that’s serious stuff. It’s not too many people that go high speed in a Ferrari and get thrown from a Ferrari, land on solid concrete and still be here to talk today, still survive, still be coherent and everything.  That was traumatic and a brutal experience that I went through…I’ve [always] been rating him (Crawford) high, I’ve rated him super high. It definitely wasn’t my night, but you know I definitely want to get that back,” Spence stated

Spence has also picked Crawford to get the better of Canelo Alvarez in a super middleweight clash. Crawford showed his superiority against the much bigger Spence. Crawford negated the size difference, bullying Spence in the clinch to defy the pre-fight narrative that Spence would be too big. Since then, Crawford has moved to 154 to take on Israil Madrimov.

A victory will make Crawford a four-weight world champion, with a possible Canelo fight in the future. Crawford has the height and reach advantage over Canelo. However, the weight difference may be too big. Jermell Charlo moved up from 154 to face Canelo. But he was unable to trouble Canelo, getting dominated in a unanimous decision loss.

Crawford’s ability to fight in switched stances and his exceptional boxing IQ have made him one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Oleksandr Usyk showed that size and weight do not matter when he beat Tyson Fury to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. Usyk was around 40 pounds lighter while having a seven-inch reach disadvantage. Spence felt Crawford would win.

“If Crawford wants to challenge himself to be great, let him try to be great. I’m with it. I’d be going for Bud. I don’t know if he’d win or lose, but if anybody can pull it off, he can pull it off. He’s chasing greatness. Canelo went up to 175 and fought Kovalev and the other guy [Dmitry Bivol], too. If he can do it, and he started at 147, if he can do it, why can’t Crawford do it?” Spence said

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