Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps, is once again the epicenter of the boxing world as anticipation swells for the upcoming welterweight showdown between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford. Boxing News had the opportunity to sit down with boxing legend Antonio Tarver, known to fans as the “Magic Man,” to discuss this thrilling match-up.
“Man, it’s so thick, the tension. You could cut it with a knife,” Tarver said, painting a vivid picture of the charged atmosphere surrounding this weekend’s contest. He foresees a collision of epic proportions, comparing the two fighters to freight trains on a head-on course.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight,” he added, sensing the impending drama. Tarver even likened the potential fight to the storied Hagler vs Hearns clash, suggesting the confrontation might begin explosively, only to transition into a technical battle of wits and skills.
Predictions and Expectations
“I think somebody’s getting knocked out,” Tarver asserted boldly. He identified both Spence and Crawford’s exceptional form, saying they’re at a “high” and that “anything could happen.”
When it came to breaking down the fight, Tarver offered some nuanced analysis. He observed that while many consider Spence the naturally bigger fighter, Crawford’s potential X factor could tip the scales. He lauded Crawford’s adaptability and acknowledged that Spence’s aggressive approach has been incredibly effective. However, he wondered whether Spence could adapt his game plan if Crawford manages to counter his initial onslaught.
As if the thrill of victory wasn’t enough, Tarver believes this fight has more at stake – the title of the best pound-for-pound fighter. “I don’t think any other fighter has faced an opponent at this level,” he asserted.
Aside from the Spence vs. Crawford fight, Tarver also weighed in on the potential bout between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo, a contest that has the boxing world buzzing. In his view, this fight will be a test for Canelo, revealing whether he still possesses the hunger and ability that distinguished him in his prime.
The Final Verdict
Tarver made his prediction for the Spence vs. Crawford showdown. “It could end abruptly at any time,” he cautioned, stressing that both fighters possess the power to score a knockout. Ultimately, he gave Crawford the edge, acknowledging his ability to recover and adapt under duress. As for Spence, Tarver conceded he would have to display a new level of versatility to triumph over Crawford.
“We might see something that we no one has ever thought we will see Saturday night – Earl Spence doing something different to win the biggest fight of his life.”