Just a few months ago, Errol Spence Jr. was considered a pound-for-pound luminary, an unquestioned star, and one of the best fighters on the planet. Now, however, many are taking back their praise.
On July 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada, Spence was flat-out dominated at the hands of Terence Crawford. Prior to them meeting up in the center of the ring, Spence vs. Crawford was viewed as one of the biggest fights the sport of boxing has ever seen. More importantly, opinions surrounding their undisputed clash were split right down the middle.
Outside of the opening three minutes, Crawford punished the former champ, dropping him several times before eventually getting rid of him in the ninth.
As the rounds grew more and more lopsided, the grin on Brian “Bomac” McIntyre’s face grew wider and wider. The longtime trainer carefully instructed his man after each frame and was the proudest man in the building when it all came to an end.
Immediately after it all played out, a poignant Spence slinked back to his locker room with his head down. Making the 147-pound limit has become an arduous ask for the former unified champ, so, on a whim, he revealed that he would like to continue his career at 154 pounds.
Following his admission, Spence also stated that he would like to fight Crawford again but in the junior middleweight division. Currently, both parties are involved in protracted conclaves as they iron out the kinks in their deal.
It’s unclear if their rematch will actually take place but one thing for sure is Spence has no intentions of returning to the welterweight division. If a showdown against Crawford is ostensibly off the table, Tim Tszyu could become his new target.
The recently crowned WBO belt holder is coming off a clear victory over Brian Mendoza and is barking in the direction of Jermell Charlo, the division’s IBF, WBA, and WBC champion. If Charlo is unwilling, the Aussie has stated on numerous occasions that he would love to mix it up with Spence.
The Dallas native hasn’t had a single bout at 154 pounds. He also has to prove that he can bounce back from the first defeat of his career. On paper, you could make the argument that Tszyu is the best that the junior middleweight division has to offer. But, with that said, if he matched up with Spence, Bomac doesn’t give the Aussie a chance in hell.
“He’ll stop Tim Tszyu,” Bomac told Sean Zittel of FightHype.com. “Errol would stop Tim Tszyu.”