Crawford stopped Spence in emphatic fashion in the ninth round, following three knockdowns, to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. The victory also made Crawford a two-weight undisputed champion.
Following the win, Spence suggested he had vision problems, citing this as a reason for Crawford hitting him numerous times. Teofimo Lopez also questioned Crawford’s biggest wins. He felt Kell Brook, Jose Benavidez Jr., and Spence were not at their peak coming into their fights. Now Thurman is the latest boxer to downplay Crawford’s wins.
“We didn’t see the same champion. Errol Spence, there’s a different fighter from before the [2019 car] accident and post-accident. In the ringwalk before one punch was thrown, the fight was over.
“One [Errol] looked like he was about to walk out into the abyss, and the other one [Crawford] looked like he was about to become the undisputed champion of the world. The way Spence walked out, I did not see joy; I did not see anticipation in his eyes. I saw more excitement from his trainer than I did from the fighter,” Thurman stated
Crawford and Spence did have the chance to run things back, but the rematch looks unlikely. Before the Spence fight, Crawford did state excuses would be made after his win. Bud had attempted to get the Spence fight before his car crashes. The bout never happened, leaving Crawford with no choice but to face Spence when he did. While Thurman and Lopez may doubt Crawford’s achievements, the history books will say otherwise.