It appears Terence Crawford has unfinished business with Errol Spence Jr. When asked in the post-fight interview if he would invoke his rematch clause, Spence replied with, “Hell yeah, we gotta do it again.”
A man of his word, Spence recently activated the rematch clause, and it appears Crawford-Spence II is on. While awaiting Spence’s decision, “Bud” reaped the benefits of his dominant performance during their first bout and went on a hectic media run that enhanced his popularity.
In light of Terence Crawford’s trainer, Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, revealing that Errol Spence Jr. has indeed exercised his rematch clause to face Crawford again following their July 29th bout billed as “Fight of the Century,” let’s reflect on the immediate aftermath of the first fight, which placed Crawford in mainstream media, rare air for pugilists. Crawford punctuated his highly anticipated welterweight showdown against Spence in emphatic fashion.
For more than 5 years the two competitors respectfully displayed their desire to face one another, on July 29, the, “Fight of the Century” would transpire. The fight itself would result in a one-sided affair, with Crawford facing little resistance through the almost nine completed rounds while putting Spence down three times during the process.
In victory, Crawford became the first male fighter during the 4-belt era to unify two divisions (140 and 147 pound). The win further enhanced his already unblemished record to 40-0 with 31 wins coming by way of knockout. Spence’s decision to activate his rematch clause displays his mentality and proclivity to chase greatness.
Both Crawford and Spence have expressed their desire to move on from the welterweight division, so the two will likely face off at junior middleweight (154 pounds). Crawford’s performance seemingly shut down his detractors, who felt the Omaha native had somehow avoided Spence and other top welterweight opposition throughout his undefeated reign. No matter “Bud’s” placement on the mythical Pound For Pound list, he currently sits on top of the boxing world.
Since the career defining win, “Bud” has embarked on a successful media run that bodes well in this social media driven era. Shining in the ring is only half the battle. Following his win, Crawford’s media run has been nothing short of spectacular.
Typically, a man of few words, “Bud” seems to have let his guard down during this victory lap, when discussing everything from his upbringing to potential fights. It revealed the perfect scope of a superstar who remains grounded. Much like his balance inside the ring, Crawford seems comfortable behind the mic while discussing his journey to become the top fighter in the world. His media run has included stops at CBS Mornings, The Breakfast Club, Hot 97, and the Joe Rogan Experience, amongst other huge platforms.
Culminated with a jam-packed parade in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford buried any notion of not being a marketable commodity during this press run. No matter the platform, everyone wanted a piece of Terence “Bud” Crawford following one of the most dominating performances you will ever witness at the highest level of boxing. At 35, Crawford continues to show different layers to his game while elevating himself to the top of the sport. A rare accomplishment for any fighter in their mid-30’s.
In typical Crawford fashion, he didn’t take all the credit during his stops. He used the opportunity to shine the spotlight on his team, who prior to the fight, Crawford felt wasn’t getting enough attention. Trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre threw his name in the “Trainer of the Year” hat following the performance. An outcome that “BoMac” all but promised would happen prior to the bout taking place. Assistant trainers Red Spikes and Esau Dieguez, who were equally as confident heading into the “Fight of the Century” also received their flowers during this time.
It appears we may get Crawford-Spence II before the end of the year, however this victory and subsequent victory lap was well deserved, well received, and should be celebrated as a win for boxing. A definitive conclusion free of controversy, Crawford and Spence put it all on the line and the winner, no matter who came out victorious, was all but guaranteed to be rewarded with this type of media eminence.
“Bud” will surely be a heavy favorite heading into the potential rematch; however, one would assume Spence will be much better prepared for a second shot at the Nebraska native.
The boxing world awaits a date and imminent verdict. For now, we will enjoy what appears to be Terence “Bud” Crawford’s coming out party to the masses, and he didn’t disappoint.