Welding is one of the most famous and historic weight classes in boxing history.
There have been plenty of great weightlifters and many of the major welterweight championship competitions have seen the best of the best in 147 fights. Will an undisputed title fight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr soon become part of the welterweight history books?
Last Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Spence placed his unified IBF/WBC welterweight championship ahead of WBA super champion Yordenis Ugas. Part of the plot of this story involves living legend Manny Pacquiao. Spence was scheduled to fight Pac Man last August, but Errol had to withdraw due to a retinal tear. Ugas stepped in, and he beat Pacquiao in a career-defining attempt, stealing thunder that would have belonged to Spence if it weren’t for the injury.
Ugas got off to a pretty good start in the first rounds, where he defended firmly and occasionally had a sharp counter-attack. But once Spence started getting a better feel and found his groove, he really started rolling. Spence hit all sorts of shots in a fairly narrow stance, and his abundance of stamina allowed him to continue to deliver various punches in bursts both from top and bottom. Spence seems to get better and stronger as the fight goes on. It all ended in the 10th round when the doctor in the ring advised the referee to stop the match because of the damage around Ugas’ eye. With the win, Spence is now the unified IBF/WBC/WBA super doubles champion, and that’s also his six consecutive title defenses.
So, currently Spence holds 3 out of 4 major world championship belts with 147th, and the remaining belt belongs to Terence Crawford, the defending WBO welterweight champion. His last fight was in December when he became the only boxer to stop Shawn Porter in the distance. A showdown between Crawford and Spence has been on the wish list of most boxing fans for years now. Both are welterweight champions, both have a perfect unbeaten record, and both are among the top heavyweight boxing talents competing in the sport today. Spence had never faced anyone like Crawford, and Crawford had never faced anyone like Spence. It was the match that would theoretically produce the first undisputed welterweight world champion in the modern four-belt era, and it needs to happen.
So will Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr’s undisputed weight championship showdown soon become part of the welterweight history books? One can hope. But historically, it is extremely important that this duel happens sooner rather than later, ideally in the very near future.
This edition of Rummy’s Corner will provide a quick recap of both Crawford and Spence’s most recent wins, and provide one’s opinion on why this win is important to boxing history.