Undefeated IBF/WBC welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr (27-0), is ramping up the pressure on Terrence Crawford, in an attempt to get their fight finalised. Crawford him self holds the WBO title and an impressive 37-0 record.
Spence has stated that due to the extended negotiations, he will begin offering increasingly less and less a cut of the fight purse. The original offer Spence’s management team proposed was initially a 60-40 pay split in Spence’s favour. However, since then Spence is now looking at a 70-30 split, with the potential for it to fall even lower, should Crawford not agree.
“It’s 70-30 now. Okay, boy, you’re going to make me do 80-20.”
Crawford reacted to Spence’s initial proposition of the 60-40 split back in December. In an interview with Boxing Scene, Crawford laughed off Spence’s comments, stating that “It almost sounds like he thinks I’m desperate. I’m in a good place in my life right now. I’m having fun with chilling out, having kids and enjoying my kids. I don’t worry about things I can’t control. I mean, like everybody always got an opinion and I just a laugh at a lot of people’s opinions that said I haven’t fought anybody.”
This line of negotiating may be due to the fact that the fight Crawford was holding out for, against Manny Pacquiao, no longer appears to be a viable option. However, Crawford has also previously made moves to call out Spence as well. One Twitter exchange between the two went as follows:
Spence hit out at Crawford by implying that the WBO champ had a padded record; “All those accomplishments with names people won’t remember….”
Crawford shot back at Spence by stating “One name they gone remember is Errol Spence ducking Crawford that’s gone stay with you yo whole life time. You still goo tho.”
Both men do seem to have an interest in the fight, but whether they can put their differences aside long enough to book the fight remains to be seen. However, it is undeniably one of the most intriguing fights at 147, and a matchup that boxing fans are undeniably clamouring for.