IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. had a media scrum prior to tonight’s title defense against Carlos Ocampo, and a fellow welterweight champion was part of the conversation topics.
It’s no secret that Spence is looking to unify the 147-pound division, as Spence has tried to pursue a unification bout with current WBA champion Keith Thurman. But Spence has been asked about a potential fight with Terence Crawford, who won the WBO title in his first welterweight fight with Jeff Horn last week.
Spence says while the fight sounds great on paper, it’s not what he’s looking at right now.
“It’s not unrealistic but it’s not gonna happen right now,” Spence said. “I mean, we got two belts that’s on my side of the street that I’m looking to capture, so it’s something that’s not gonna happen right now.”
In addition to Thurman and the WBA title, Spence has previously expressed interest in capturing the WBC title — which is currently vacant and will be on the line when Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter face off on August 25. According to Spence, once he holds the IBF, WBA and WBC titles, then he’ll go after Crawford as he tries to unify the division.
“[Crawford is] willing to fight anybody, he wants to fight the best, and that’s what I like to hear,” Spence said. “I like to hear fighters say I want to fight the best in my division, I want all the belts, I want to be undisputed welterweight champion and things like that.
Realistically it’s not gonna happen now, but this fight is gonna build up. I still got two belts on my side of the street that I’m looking to get and that’s way easier to make than a Terence Crawford fight. So I’m staying on my side of the street, I’m going to get those belts, when I have three of the belts and unify, then we’ll go look at Terence Crawford.
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