Two fighters at their peak faced off for the welterweight champion title, but the fight was more of a one-sided stomp than a technical bout for the ages. Terence Crawford looked completely dominant against Errol Spence and is deservedly the undisputed World Champion in two divisions now. Former super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez took to social media to congratulate Terence Crawford on his dominant showing and reiterated that he had expected Crawford to win the whole time.
Despite a good showing by Spence in the first round, Crawford dominated the rest of the match, which stretched to the ninth round. The one-sidedness was so extreme that some fans even wondered why the referee didn’t call the fight until the ninth round, feeling it was over some time before that.
To show how damning Crawford’s dominance was, the 36-year-old landed 185 out of 369 shots (60%) while Spence landed only 96 of his 480 shots (just 20%). The superb performance was appreciated by four-time World Champion Canelo Alvarez.
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Taking to Twitter, the Mexican wrote, " I like Spence but… Crawford too good for Spence 👊🏻 thats why I pick him to win. "
A few minutes later, Canelo tweeted, "Congrats @terencecrawford you are a fu**ing great fighter well deserve.” He added that he likes Spence but that Crawford is too good to lose to him."
Crawford unifies four belts, declares he is number 1
Since Spence became the IBF champion in 2018 and Crawford won the WBO title during his welterweight debut, there have been calls for the two boxing giants to meet in the ring. Fans’ hype for a potential fight grew to new heights once Spence added the WBA and WBC straps and set up Saturday’s four-belt fight.
In the end, Crawford proved he is the dominant fighter, and after taking the IBF, WBA, and WBC belts from Spence, declared himself to be the number 1. He said, “You’ve got Errol Spence, who was ranked No 4, and you got Terence Crawford, who was ranked No 1. You’ve got two fighters that are in the top five of the pound-for-pound ratings. How can [the winner] not be No 1?”