KEY POINTS

  • Errol Spence's trainer Derrick James said a fight with Terence Crawford could be possible
  • James thinks Spence vs. Crawford will not generate huge amount of money
  • Spence, Crawford and Manny Pacquiao are being called-out by an unlikely challenger

Errol Spence’s longtime trainer Derrick James said a fight with WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford could be possible but not at this point.

The welterweight division has been stacked with exceptional fighters. Topping the list are Manny Pacquiao, Crawford and Spence. The three names are touted as the biggest draws in boxing today a fight involving them is expected to generate a staggering amount of money. However, for Spence’s trainer James, a Spence vs. Crawford title fight is not yet as big as it sounds in terms of business.

In a recent interview with Boxing Scene, James shared his thoughts about how the COVID-19 pandemic has made pay-per-view events extremely pricey to the point that a welterweight clash between undefeated champs Spence and Crawford now seems impossible.

“The money for the fight, from my perspective, is not there yet. Promoters can put whatever they put up, but they’re in the business of making money. And if the money’s not there, especially anytime soon with this coronavirus crisis and most people who buy these fights are not working right now, this will be something that happens down the line. It just pushed the fight back a little bit further,” James explained.

After all, James is still convinced that Spence deserves the biggest fights in the 147-lb division and aside from Pacquiao, Crawford is also the name to beat.

“I hope that it (Spence vs. Crawford) happens. I want for [Spence] what he wants for himself. If Crawford keeps winning and he keeps doing what he’s doing, and Errol keeps winning, we’ll see. It could be possible. I believe that it will happen eventually, but who knows?,” James stated. 

Spence, who currently holds the IBF/WBC 147-pound belt, has not fought since incurring injuries, cuts to his face, body and dental damage during a car accident last October 10 in Dallas. But prior to the fateful event and the lockdown, “The Truth” has been truly impressive inside the ring. In fact, he was coming off a back-to-back win against two top welterweight contenders Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia.

Crawford on the other hand, has proven that he’s not only about winning but he’s also one of the most powerful punchers in the welterweight division. “Bud” managed to win his last 5 consecutive fights via KO/TKO and has been linked to a potential welterweight bout with Pacquiao.

Meanwhile, an unlikely challenger named Yordenis Ugas recently called-out Pacquiao, Spence and Crawford. Ugas claims he got robbed during his loss to Porter and deserves to get a shot against the three biggest names at 147.

Errol Spence Jr. Errol Spence Jr. could be set for his biggest fight yet. In this picture, Spence reacts after knocking out Carlos Ocampo in the first round of a IBF Welterweight Championship bout at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, June 16, 2018. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images