FightHype’s Ron Goodall recently caught up with multi-division world champion Terence Crawford.
As you stroll down the streets of Terence Crawford’s neighborhood, the buzzing excitement is almost palpable. The man, the myth, the legend—Crawford is on the cusp of another career-defining fight, yet he’s as cool as a cucumber.
“Embrace the moments,” he states, a glint in his eyes. “I’ve trained for big fights, many times, across three different divisions. This, this is up there. One of the most significant, most important fights in my career? Yeah, you could say that.”
What sets this fight apart? It’s not just another match—it’s a struggle for supremacy in the welterweight division. Two top power fighters in their prime are set to square off, making it one of the biggest fights in recent memory. Crawford, however, remains unfazed. “It’s a pick ’em fight. And that’s what makes it so exciting.”
As you look around, it’s evident that Crawford’s influence permeates his neighborhood. The local hero, his success inspires those around him. He carries the weight of their dreams, their hopes. “It’s been like that since I was a kid,” he says with a nostalgic smile. “Making it to the finals, the championships—I carry that pride with me.”
“Patience, that’s key,” he explains, describing his journey. “Everything in life happens at its own pace. I had to wait for my moment, keep winning, and eventually, here I am.”
The question of retirement surfaces, but it’s clear that his mind is fixated on the upcoming fight. “I’m not thinking about retiring right now. My mind is set on July 29th.” Yet, there’s a sense of contentment, a realization that he’s accomplished a Hall of Fame-worthy career. But the fighter in him is not done yet. “I’ll be satisfied once this job is done.”
When it comes to a potential rematch with Errol Spence, he’s practical. “It’s in the contract. We expect him to take the immediate rematch. After all, I’m gonna win the fight,” he says, a grin tugging at his lips.
Undeterred by critics and naysayers, Crawford thrives on proving them wrong. “People underestimate me. They question whether I can do certain things. I love proving them wrong. That’s why you watch the fight. July 29th—buy the pay-per-view.”
With the fight closing in, his strategy is simple: “Stay focused. On July 29th, everything else will fall into place.”
Is he concerned about his opponent’s size? Not in the slightest. “I’ve never been in the ring with Spence. But I’ve been the smaller guy my entire life, yet I was always the strongest. Come fight night, we’ll see.”
Every fight is an opportunity for Crawford to make a statement. And July 29th won’t be any different. “Every time I step into the ring, I aim to make a statement. And yes, on July 29th, I’ll be looking to do just that.”
As the sun sets, there’s an undercurrent of anticipation. Will Crawford once again rise to the occasion? Will he stamp his authority on this fight as he has done so many times before? Whatever the outcome, one thing’s certain—Terence Crawford is ready to give it his all, and he won’t go down without a fight.