By Chris Williams: Teofimo Lopez thinks Terence Crawford is “chinny” and received’t go the space towards the larger, stronger, and extra skilled IBF, WBA & WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr on July twenty ninth.
We noticed Crawford get harm by Egidijus Kavaliauskas in 2019 when he was dropped within the fifth spherical, and he might need been completed off in that spherical if ‘The Imply Machine’ had just a little extra means.
Teofimo feels that Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) has extra to show on this combat than Spence as a result of he hasn’t confronted the identical high quality opposition as.
You possibly can say the identical factor about Crawford not combating high-caliber guys at 140 as nicely. One of the best guys Crawford fought at 140 have been Julius Indongo and Viktor Postol. These guys aren’t in the identical galaxy talent-wise as the present killers at 140:
Gary Antuanne Russell
Arnold Barboza Jr
Crawford is unproven at 140 & 147, so it is sensible for Teofimo to select Spence to win this combat.
“It’s an excellent query, man. I’ve been getting requested to this present day, and it’s nonetheless a tough determination. A part of me sides with Spence. The one motive why is he’s good at physique placements and physique photographs,” stated Teofimo Lopez to Struggle Hub TV, speaking concerning the Errol Spence vs. Terence Crawford combat.
“He’s excellent and correct with them, and he is aware of when to throw them. He’s a Southpaw, and he’s just a little bit extra tall & lanky. I believe that he’ll learn Crawford a bit extra within the sense, and likewise, on prime of it, he has ring generalship and the expertise.
“He’s confronted top-caliber fighters. He’s collected a belt from each, and he has confronted adversity. I’m not saying that Terence Crawford hasn’t proven that.
“What Crawford does is a really harmful kind of deal that you simply received to
cope with. He’s ambidextrous, he goes southpaw, goes orthodox, and he’s in a position to counter while you’re throwing halfway. So it’s an incredible matchup, an incredible combat.
“Crawford’s a bit chinny, however to what extent, proper? Spence is the larger man at 147. I believe he’s a bit stronger than Crawford, however Crawford’s physique has grown into that division much more. I simply go off of the competitors Spence and Crawford have gone by way of. I believe Spence has gone by way of harder competitors.
“I like each fighters. I believe Crawford is an amazing athlete, an amazing fighter. He does issues within the ring that nobody has actually ever seen in boxing. So it’s going to be an incredible combat. I do know for a truth although, one factor’s for positive, that that it’s not going to go the space.
“Each these guys do have a canine in them and undoubtedly received one thing to
show. Crawford has just a little bit extra to show as a result of he’ll be supposedly, he would be the first man to be a two-time undisputed world champion in two weight divisions with this win and likewise towards the man [Spence] that holds all of the belts. It’s an incredible matchup.
“What’s going to separate goes to be conditioning and the efficient quantity of punches with the jab. As a result of Crawford likes to throw his jabs, that’s how he finds his vary, after which he picks you aside.
“Spence likes to throw his jabs. That’s the place he will get his vary as nicely. So it’s who’s going dominate the jab half. Whoever breaks that shell first goes to be the dictator of the winner that evening.
“I received to go along with Spence. I could lose my cash, although,” stated Teofimo when requested to select a winner for Spence-Crawford.