Spence vs Crawford Vegas Odds: The 2023 superfight of the year in boxing is set with Errol Spence and Terence Crawford clashing on July 29th in Las Vegas for the undisputed championship. Spence vs Crawford Vegas Odds opened with Spence as the -150 favorite but early bettors hammered Crawford at +120 shifting the line to Crawford -140. 78% of boxing predictions have come in on Crawford since the betting line was released. Spence, 28-0, 22 KO’s, owns most of the alphabet hardware with the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles at stake. Crawford, 39-0, 30 KO’s, totes the WBO strap in what will be his seventh title defense. Title belts aside the winner will have a legitimate claim as the best pound-4-pound fighter in boxing. Will Spence’s power, aggression, and body punching be too much for the natural lightweight Crawford? Will Crawford outbox and outsmart Spence with his counterpunching? Vegas Sharps breaks down the particulars for this captivating welterweight showdown.
Errol Spence Jr. Boxer
Strengths: The shredded 5’9 1/2″ southpaw is a physical specimen that has enjoyed a size advantage throughout most of his career. A clean technician with a piercing jab delivered behind an air-tight guard. Good puncher with both hands but his left hand carries more steam. From an offensive standpoint, Spence has all of the offensive tools that trainers look for in a fighter: heavy hands, accuracy, combinations, body punching, and work rate. Arguably the best bodypuncher in the game with a withering attack that breaks down foes. The sturdy Texan that has never been in real trouble with a solid chin.
Weaknesses: Sheds 20+ pounds to make the welterweight limit which may have taken its toll over the years. Coming off 15 months of inactivity. Can be too flatfooted at times sacrificing agility for power. Not a speedster with good but not great handspeed. Doesn’t possess the best head movement and can be tagged with big punches. Doesn’t react particularly well to bodyshots. Can be lured into brawls when he’s better served to box. Since being thrown airborne from his Ferrari in 2019 Spence’s hunger for the sport seems to have waned.
Terence Crawford Boxer
Strengths: He began his career as a lightweight but is now a rock-solid welterweight with long arms (74″ reach). Can box equally effective as either an orthodox or southpaw. An outstanding technical fighter who is arguably the best counterpuncher in boxing. Extremely intelligent with the ability to make adjustments on the fly. When in slugger mode “Bud” can rip off riveting combinations that are among the best in the game. Heavy hitter with both hams but the right hook from a southpaw stance is his Sunday punch. Knows how to use every inch of the ring with quick feet. Supremely conditioned with a steely resolve. The Omaha, Nebraska product has a mean streak and innate toughness that few fighters can match.
Weaknesses: A shade past his prime at 35 years old. On the short side for a welter at 5’7 1/2″. Can be tagged when getting overzealous. Takes a few rounds to get into a groove which could be detrimental in what should be a close fight. Has an excellent jab but underutilizes it at times.
Boxing Betting Picks: Crawford moneyline -135/Crawford via KO +360