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While boxing often has a fundamental problem in arranging fights between its biggest stars (Tyson Fury, we’re looking at you), every so often the sport can still deliver fans with a mouthwatering bout. 

It was confirmed late on Thursday that Terence Crawford and Errol Spence, 39-0 and 28-0 respectively, will clash in a long-awaited matchup between fighters considered to be among the sport’s pound-for-pound best. The bout, which is to contest the sport’s undisputed welterweight title, is set to take place on July 29 in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, and comes the same night as UFC 291 in Salt Lake City which is set to be headlined by a fight between Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier.

“The wait is over,” Crawford said of the fight on social media. “It’s game time. Errol Spence. Terrance Crawford. July 29. Las Vegas, Nevada. Everybody come out, show support, and watch me fry this fish.”

Spence, meanwhile, added: “Finally giving the fans what they want. “This one a throwback fight on paper but it could be a one sided ass whooping one of the biggest fight of the century!”


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The fight, which is to air on Showtime PPV in the United States, will guarantee both fighters an “eight-figure” purse, ESPN reported, who added that the terms of the bout include a rematch clause for either fighter which must be claimed within 30 days of the July 29 fight. A trilogy bout is likely if they go 1-1 across the first two bouts.

Crawford, 35, has made six defences of the WBO welterweight title he won from Jeff Horn in 2018 and boasts an impressive 30 knockout wins in his 39 total bouts. Spence, 33, has 22 KOs from his 28 wins and hold the IBF and WBC welterweight titles. He has boxed just once since December 2020 — an April 2022 knockout win against Yordenis Ugas.