Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford
Final Press Conference
Photos: Esther Lin - SHOWTIME
Undefeated boxing superstars
Errol ďThe TruthĒ Spence Jr. and Terence ďBudĒ Crawford
faced off Thursday at the final press conference before they
meet to crown the first undisputed welterweight champion of
the four-belt era this Saturday, July 29 headlining a
SHOWTIME PPV from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in an event
presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
To kick off the main event portion of the press conference,
legendary heavyweight champion Mike Tyson conducted a coin
toss to determine which fighter would walk to the ring last
on Saturday night. Crawford won the toss and can now decide
whether he would like to walk to the ring last, or be
introduced last once in the ring.
The press conference also saw pay-per-view undercard
fighters face off before their respective matchups on the
telecast beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The pay-per-view
will see hard-hitting contender Isaac ďPitbullĒ Cruz and
undefeated contender Giovanni Cabrera battle in a WBC and
WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator that serves as the co-main
event, future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire take on Mexican
contender Alexandro Santiago for the vacant WBC Bantamweight
World Championship, plus top prospect Yoenis Tellez duels
Spanish contender Sergio Garcia in the telecast opener.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say
Thursday from T-Mobile Arena:
ERROL SPENCE JR.
ďIím gonna win because Iím the better fighter. Iím better
physically and mentally. Iím more durable. Iím gonna break
him down and break his will.
ďIt would mean a lot to be undisputed. It would mean that
Iím one of the greatest welterweights to ever lace up a pair
ďHeís gonna find out that my skills are superior. Heís
talented, but when we talk about what my coach teaches, heís
gonna see that I have great offense, defense and stamina.
Itís more than just talent.
ďThis is gonna be legendary. Make sure you tune-in. This is
gonna be an old school fight. Itís gonna be iconic. Youíre
gonna want to buy this fight. Youíre getting your moneyís
ďPeople are gonna talk about this fight 30 or 40 years from
now when you talk about legendary fights. Theyíre gonna talk
about this fight the same way they talked about the ĎFour
Kingsí era. Thereís gonna be an amateur 20 years from now
watching our fight on YouTube and saying man, I want to be
in a fight like that.
ďEveryone knows itís ĎStrap Seasoní. I want to thank my
parents, because they blessed me with the resiliency to get
through a lot of stuff in life. Make sure you order the
fight on SHOWTIME PPV. I guarantee you Iím gonna put on a
great show. Bring your seasoning on Saturday night, because
weíre gonna have a crawfish boil. Bring that hot sauce too.
ďI guarantee you itís gonna be nothing but fireworks from
start to finish.Ē
ďI donít go in there looking for the knockout, I go in there
looking for the win. If he gets out of line heís gonna be
the next one going down.
ďEveryone knows what time it is. Iím ready and heís ready.
Weíre gonna have a fish fry come Saturday.
ďHeís gonna find out the same thing that everyone else finds
out. Heís gonna say that on TV I look one way. In the ring
heís gonna be seeing three of me.
ďThey say heís the big bad wolf, but come fight night weíre
gonna find out if heís all that he says he is. Heís gonna
have to show me.
ďEverything about me is better than Errol. When you look at
what I do in the ring, itís better than what he does. Come
fight night, Iím going to prove every doubter wrong. Iím
going to show that Iím the best fighter in the world.
ďThis is the Terence Crawford era. When you look at my body
of work in each weight class, you canít deny that. This is
my era. Iíve never had a close fight. Iíve never had a fight
where people thought I lost. Iíve looked spectacular every
ďThis is what we do every time we come out. That talking can
turn bad real quick. Support your fighter, and letís come
together and make this event a success.Ē
DERRICK JAMES, Spenceís Trainer
ďThereís no more talking. Nothing else to say. My chant is,
itís time to eat. Itís time to make it happen. Weíre tired
of talking. Itís time to go. Show time.
ďIt takes a lot of fortitude, discipline and focus to win
fights like this. Errol has that. He knows his time is on
Saturday. We made this happen. We took every belt and beat
champions to get here.
BRIAN ďBO MACĒ MCINTYRE, Crawfordís Trainer
ďWeíre here now yíall. Thereís nothing else to say. He canít
hide anymore. Itís time to take care of business. Itís time
to go to work.
ďWeíre gonna find out who the best man is. I respect them
for what theyíve done. Weíve been here before. Youíre trying
to get here. I can tell you how it is to be undisputed. Sit
back and watch.Ē
ďIím going to come out on Saturday and prove my worth. Iím
going to show why I deserve a rematch with Gervonta Davis.
ďIím coming here to do my job and send a clear message. Iím
not overrated, Iím worth every penny. Iím here to show
everyone what I can do inside the ring.
ďLetís see who eats whose punches and who can withstand the
most. I am going to eat Cabrera up.
ďIím a real Mexican fighter and Iím gonna show everyone what
I can do once again on Saturday night.Ē
ďIíve beaten more unbeaten fighters than most in boxing
history. If you look at Cruzís first 20 fights, most of
those opponents were not good at all. I believe that Iíve
earned my spot here and that Iím going to take the win.
ďIím 21-0 for a reason. Everyone I know has tried to take my
head off and Iíve picked every single one of them apart.
ďI want to represent Chicago and my Mexican blood. Iím here
to give it my all, put my soul on the line and make sure I
donít regret anything.Ē
ďI gambled in my last fight, and sometimes you win,
sometimes you lose. Going into this fight, I just have to
show everyone that Iíve still got it. Iím doing it for me
now and to show what Iím capable of. I love the sport and
Iím grateful that Iím getting the opportunity.
ďThe power at this age is so much more potent. I put so much
more into it. Not just emotion and experience, but I put
every essence of a man into this.
ďI have to give big respect to my opponent, heís never been
down. But Iím the type of guy where if I see the
opportunity, Iíll take it. Thereís nothing more satisfying
than a knockout.
ďI donít really look into the extra stuff. I have a bigger
vision ahead of me. I want to become undisputed. Thatís the
only thing that I havenít done in boxing. Iíve gotten lots
of accolades, but never been undisputed. Thatís my biggest
purpose and thatís why Iím still fighting.
ďIn 2018 when I fought for the title, I was young. That
fight is in the past. Through hard work, discipline and
having a great team, I was able to grow. Iím way more mature
now. I came here to become a world champion.
ďAll respect to Nonito. But on Saturday night people all
over the world are going to get to know me and see what Iím
capable of. Iím gonna put on a show for everyone watching.
ďI have a fire inside of me. I want to make this dream come
true. Itís not just about the objective, itís about the
journey. Iíve enjoyed how Iíve gotten here. My son was born
two months ago, so this goes out to him and my family. It
makes me want this even more.Ē
ďThis is just about taking advantage of a great opportunity
given to me. We put experience to the side, because I just
have to do my job and focus on winning.
ďI promise that youíre going to see another Cuban fighter
with championship potential. Youíre going to see someone
whoís skill is rising fast. The fans are going to see
something they will definitely enjoy.Ē
ďI would have done the exact same thing he did. Iím not in a
position to underestimate anyone. I have to win this fight
to get what I want. What he does is his business.
ďIím going to show you what I can do. I donít have to
promise anything. Iíve trained so hard and youíve seen that
Iím the kind of fighter who leaves it all on the line. Iím
going to give the fans the show they deserve and let the
chips fall where they may.Ē
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
ďIíve been in this business over 35 years and I havenít been
this pumped up in a long time for a fight. This is
spectacular and as good of a matchup as you can get.
ďWe have the two best fighters in the world, both unbeaten
world champions and just so talented. Itís gonna be an
all-out war from start to finish.
ďWhen you look at the skills of each fighter, everything is
so equal. Everything is so close between them. Itís gonna
come down to who wants it more. Itís about mental toughness
and who can dig down the deepest. There will be a new
undisputed pound-for-pound champion on Saturday night.Ē
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, SHOWTIME Sports
ďWe are in the business of helping to create
once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Saturday night is exactly
that. Itís not a boxing match or a television show. Calling
it those things doesnít do it justice. A fight of this
magnitude with these stakes is a once-in-a-lifetime