The perception coming into the fight is that Spence’s height, reach and power will be the key to the ‘Truth’ securing victory.
Meanwhile, the perception surrounding Crawford is his ability to switch stances and use his right hand to time Spence, based on his better boxing skills.
That perception played out in both fighters’ recent bouts. Spence gradually broke down Yordenis Ugas, as he stopped him in the eleventh round.
Meanwhile, Crawford’s ability to make adjustments was seen against Shawn Porter. As soon as ‘Bud Crawford’ became aware that he was behind on the scorecards, he stopped Porter in the subsequent round.
And yet, Spence made it known that he was capable of doing more than just coming forward.
“I didn’t become an Olympian, I didn’t just beat all these great amateur guys or pro guys by just having just one attribute; just come forward, throw punches, and just be able to take a punch.
“I’m a guy who can shift it up, do different things, have defense, and I can switch back from offense to defense. I can break a guy down, I can box too. I just don’t do things subtly.
“I don’t feel like it is necessary that I got to move and do all the different things that they do. I feel like that wastes more energy. I ain’t got time for all that,” Spence