It’s been talked about for years, but now fight fans are getting the show they’ve always wanted.
On July 29, the welterweight division is in for a huge unification bout when the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Terence “Bud” Crawford, goes toe to toe with the No. 4 pound-for-pound boxer, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. The 12-round bout will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Multiple sportsbooks have released the Spence vs Crawford odds. Crawford, the 38-0 WBO welterweight champion, is a -155 favorite. Spence, the 28-0 WBC and IBF welterweight champ, comes back as the +125 underdog.
Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford Odds
Odds as of July 28
Using our odds calculator, we can see that Crawford’s -155 favorite status means a $100 bet on him to win pays out $164.52. The same bet on Spence pays out $225. Additionally, if you’re unfamiliar with betting on boxing, we have you covered with an in-depth How to Bet Boxing guide.
Spence vs Crawford Odds Analysis
Crawford is on a wild streak right now. The 34-year-old has stopped 10 consecutive opponents inside the distance. He was the heavy favorite in all of those bouts. His -155 line in this superfight vs Spence represents the tightest odds of his career by far.
Spence has been fighting at the top of his game, as well. The 32-year-old is coming off a 10th-round TKO/doctor stoppage victory over Yordenis Ugas in April. Spence was the -600 favorite in the Ugas fight. Against Crawford, the toughest test of his career, he’ll also face his tightest odds (-110).
How Will This Fight Play Out?
Crawford has extremely fast and accurate hands, often doubling or tripling up on his jab before firing one of his power punches. What makes him an even more difficult opponent is that he looks just as comfortable fighting southpaw as he does boxing orthodox. Additionally, his exceptional reflexes and head movement allow him to avoid many strikes and that, combined with his hand speed, makes him a dangerous counter-striker. That said, there are times that he becomes the aggressor and can be caught lunging in and not keeping his hands high in protection.
Despite being slightly taller than Crawford, Spence will have a two-inch reach disadvantage that will require him to get on the inside a little more to land his power strikes. The Truth is primarily a southpaw so if Crawford opens up the same way, he should have a slight advantage on the jab due to the reach and the speed with which he throws it. Getting on the inside shouldn’t be that difficult, though, as Spence is very aggressive, not giving his opponents a lot of room to breathe as he inches his way in with the jab before winging hooks to the body early and often.
With Spence likely leading the dance, Crawford will have his opportunities to demonstrate his counters, but Spence could bully him against the ropes and have success.
Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford Pick
Crawford’s knockout streak is truly spectacular, so give him credit for that, but we think this is where that streak dies. That said, we still like his chances to bang out a decision win.
Both guys are vicious fighters, but we expect them to be a little more measured against each other. Spence is violent, for sure, but he’s more of a body attacker. We expect this bout to be a war, albeit one that goes to the judges’ scorecards.