Sugar Ray Leonard Rooting For A Potential Terence Crawford-Errol Spence Jr. Fight
There are quite a few dream fights in today’s boxing scene. Many of them, however, take time to come to fruition. Whether it is due to money or the politics of the sport, planned bouts get delayed or don’t happen at all. A legendary figure in the sport is hoping that one welterweight fight can be planned as soon as possible.
Speaking with ESPN, Sugar Ray Leonard discussed his desire to watch a unification bout between WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford and WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. Both are on different brands (Spence with PBC, Crawford with Top Rank), which makes things like purse value sometimes difficult to manage. Leonard is hoping that will ultimately not play a factor in a potential affair between the two.
“I’m an optimist,” Leonard said. “These guys, I mean, this era, I should say, is more business-minded. But then again, that’s what it’s all about: making money. I truly believe this thing should come to fruition, not just for the fans — but for themselves. Because you say you’re the best, you’re supposed to fight the best.”
Making his professional debut in 2008, Crawford (36-0) would win the WBO-NABO Lightweight Title in his 21st fight, beating Alejandro Sanabria via TKO in 2013. Two fights later, he beat Ricky Burns via unanimous decision to win the WBO Lightweight Title. Moving in weight, he won light-welterweight gold, eventually becoming the WBC, WBO, WBA, and IBF Light-Welterweight Champion. In 2018, Crawford beat Jeff Horn via TKO for the WBO Welterweight Title, something he has defended three times since.
Crawford has been requesting a fight with Spence for a while. Spence (26-0) turned professional in 2012. He beat Kell Brook back in 2017 to win the IBF Title. In a Fight of the Year contender in September, “The Truth” won the WBC Welterweight Title from Porter. He was expected to face off against Danny Garcia before he ended up in a bad car accident back in October and was charged with a DUI.
Factors like Spence’s mindset after the accident, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, may halt plans for a bout. Leonard (36-3-1) would just like to see two men battle it out to determine who the top dog is. He doesn’t even have a bone in the fight.
“I love both these guys, and what happens thus far is, if I say something good about Errol, then I’ve got to say something about Terence,” Leonard went on to say. “These kids get more personal whenever they’re fighting. If I say the other guy has a chance of winning, they get a little bit too sensitive. I said something about Errol fighting [Mikey] Garcia, and I said that Garcia stands a good chance, and [Spence] took it personal.”
Leonard fought some of the best fighters out there like Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, and Thomas Hearns. He believes all of the side drama didn’t get in the way of a good fight. Whether it is in a seat in the stands or on commentary, Leonard will be ready to watch and be in awe of the two men whenever they can clash.