The two fighters will face each other for the undisputed welterweight titles as Crawford puts his WBO belt up against Spence’s IBF, WBA and WBC titles.
The winner will become the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era in the welterweight division, with everything on the line.
The styles offer an interesting matchup too. Crawford’s ability to fight from a southpaw stance and be a switch hitter, too, could prove crucial against the Southpaw Spence.
In the latter’s last fight, Yordenis Ugas showed his ability to hurt Spence with his right hand, something which could prove crucial given Crawford’s wide arsenal.
And that is something that Atlas believes could prove the difference.
“[Crawford’s] got that mentality where he’s going to do what he’s got to do, no matter what.
“I’m not saying that Spence doesn’t have some of these qualities, but to the degree that I’ve recognized it with Crawford, it’s at a very special degree.
“Yeah, the other guy [Spence] is bigger and can be relentless sometimes and has a better IQ than what people give him credit. I’m taking Crawford. It’s probably going to a decision.
“Even though both of them are millionaires now, and it’s important to both of them on a personal level. I’m going with Crawford. I like a decision, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Crawford hurt him late in the fight,” Atlas said.