Timothy Bradley Jr. Believes Errol Spence Jr. Is Running From Terence Crawford Fight, Worried About His Eye

Errol Spence Jr.

Like him or hate him, Timothy Bradley Jr. is one of the most honest analysts since retiring from the sport and he had some things to say about Errol Spence Jr.

Bradley Jr. retired from boxing in 2016 and was 33-2-1 and he went on Max Kellerman’s show “Max on Boxing” to break down the current welterweight picture involving its three titlists in WBC and IBF crown holder Errol Spence Jr, WBA champion Yordenis Ugas and WBO belt holder Terrence Crawford. For Bradley Jr., he believes Spence Jr. is running from Crawford. He’s also worried about Spence’s eye that forced him out of his fight against Manny Pacquiao.

“Yeah, [Spence] is a next-level super-type of fighter. I believe that, but I still think he’s running from Terence Crawford, to be honest with you,” said Bradley (via BoxingScene). “How do I see [Spence vs. Ugas]? It’s a tough fight but an easier fight than Terence Crawford. Yordenis  Ugas, he’s a waiter. He’s a counter puncher. We’ve seen Errol in the ring against counter punchers. Danny Garcia was a counter puncher, and Mikey Garcia was a counter puncher. We’ve seen what [Spence] can do against those types of guys. He can orchestrate his jab from the outside. He can dominate from the outside, and he can come around the guards of these guys. He can dictate the pace. That’s what he’s going to do against Ugas.

“My only concern is in this fight is [Spence’s] eye. You got to understand – you can have no hands, you can have no feet, you got to have eyes to be able to see inside the ring,” Bradley Jr continued. “And when one of your lenses is messed up, you got to understand that tells your brain what you’re seeing. Your eyes are telling your brain what you’re seeing. So, I think with Spence, I’m worried about his eye. It’s not going to be 100%. Once you get surgery on something, it’s never the same. It’s different.”

Errol Spence Jr. is 27-0 and set to fight Ugas sometime this year. For Bradley Jr., he says the eye is still a concern but he believes it is a good fight for the undefeated fighter.

“Going into [Spence vs. Ugas], I worry about coordination and how [Spence is] feeling and how he’s seeing, and all these things are affected by his vision. So, I think it’s going to be a good fight,” Bradley said. “I think Spence will come up on top, but I think it’s a challenging fight for him in that sense. Stylistically, I think his style favors Ugas.”

What do you make of Bradley saying Spence is running from Crawford?