Over the weekend, WBO Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford decided to show the world that had a Curtis Jackson side to otherwise quiet personality.
During the Top Rank ESPN show in Oklahoma City on Friday, which featured Maurice Hooker earning a TKO victory over Alex Saucedo in seven rounds, Bud heard that IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence was in the building, so he decided to throw the first punch, virtually.
Yo @ErrolSpenceJr come and say hi I heard you was in the building
Once they saw each other, the shenanigans commenced as Crawford taunted Spence mercilessly about his weight and how he would destroy him. Even Bob Arum jumped into the mix, advising Spence that his best move would be to avoid Crawford.
Although Spence was ready with his own counter punching quips like, “I don’t know your number” when Crawford said he tried to unsuccessfully FaceTime him, Crawford appeared to take round one in what fights fans hope will eventually lead to the two meeting in the ring. He also who attempted to steal some of the classy but brazen shine from Mikey Garcia who now has a fight against Spence on the books for March 2019.
In the past, Crawford has been criticized not for his athleticism but for his ability to sell a fight. Now that he has entered the welterweight ranks, arguably the true “money weight” division based on Floyd Mayweather’s legendary run and financial heights gained during his tenure, it seems Crawford got the memo. He realized that he has to actually sell a fight to not only bring it into fruition, but to also to make the money he and all fighters want to see eventually in their careers.