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Errol Spence: No one is avoiding Terence Crawford, will come for his belt later

Spence discusses his upcoming unification with Shawn Porter and his plan to become undisputed champion.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Following his Los Angeles press conference, formally announcing his September 28th welterweight title unification with Shawn Porter, IBF titleholder Errol Spence answers questions from Fight Hub TV about the fight and what he plans are for the future. Check it out...

Spence on what he made of Porter during their press conference and face off:

“I really don’t remember what we was talking about but he looks ready, I’m ready, and I’m getting more excited every time we meet up. So he was pretty pumped up and, you know, I can’t wait until September 28th to put on a great performance.

On Porter’s energetic speech at the podium:

“I mean that’s how Shawn is. You know, it’s all about selling the fight but, you know, this is a fight that’s gonna sell itself because thisis just a great fight. And if you know Shawn, he’s always in exciting fights, I’m always in exciting fights so this is just a great card overall, especially having Andre Dirrell and Benavidez as the co-main event.”

On if he thinks this fight is tough to prepare for considering Porter’s rough and tumble style:

“No because you know what he’s gonna come with. You know he’s gonna be rough, you know he’s gonna be awkward, and a guy that’s gonna try to knock you off your game plan and get you to do something else. So it’s something that I’m very prepared for and I’m very excited about because you know he’s gonna be right there for a real fight so, I mean, I don’t have to go looking for him.”

On if Porter would be better served trying to box with him or brawl with him:

“I think it’s better for him to try to box and move around. But I think it’ll do him better to probably come forward and try to fight, but I think it’ll end badly for him, and I think I’ll get the stoppage just off being too aggressive.

“[If he tries to fight me in close] he’s gonna get hit with everything, kitchen sink. But that just makes for a more exciting fight ‘cause you know he’s gonna come to fight, you know he’s gonna be right there, and you know he’s gonna try to bring it all — he’s all heart. He’s balls to the wall so that’s what the fans can be excited about, just an exciting fight period.”

On knowing Porter for a long time and if he considers him a friend:

“I consider us being cordial. I mean, I wouldn’t consider him a friend like the friends I got at home ‘cause we don’t talk on the phone or anything like that. I think I’m more closer to his dad than Shawn Porter, so I consider him as a boxing friend. But it’s not hard to get into the ring with him and fight Shawn Porter at all. I think I was a lot closer to Lamont Peterson and you seen how that fight went.”

On what he made of Porter’s performance against Ugas:

“It was super close, could’ve went either way...I thought Shawn edged it out a little bit but it could’ve went either way. I wouldn’t have been mad if Ugas would’ve won.

“[He didn’t look like he was improving]. I mean Shawn’s always a guy that’s always in super close fights. I mean it was a super close fight with Danny Garcia too, so he just never really just blow somebody out the water, unless it’s like Paulie [Malignaggi] or I think he blew Devon [Alexander] out the water. And he was super dirty with [Andre] Berto, you know, cutting him numerous times with headbutts and stuff so that’s just the type of guy he is, it’s the way he fights.”

On if he thinks Porter will try to use questionable tactics if he starts getting frustrated:

“It could get there but I think I’m physically strong and, you know, I’m just as strong as him, probably even stronger. So if it does happen I doubt that he’ll have much success with it.”

On looking towards a future fight with Manny Pacquiao:

“I think [it’s] just a great fight and, I mean, much respect to him, he’s a Hall of Famer and a real legend of the sport that’s fighting right now at the top level. You just seen how he beat Keith Thurman. I think that’d be a great fight and I’d have two of the belts, he has one belt. I think that would be a really really great, interesting fight.”

On Timothy Bradley claiming that he along with all the PBC welterweights are avoiding Terence Crawford:

“I mean how am I avoiding him if I’m fighting in a unification fight with Shawn Porter? I mean, a top 5 welterweight so the last time I remember the WBC ordered me and him to fight each other and, you know, he didn’t take the fight. So, I mean, nobody is avoiding Terence Crawford, it’s big fish on this side too that I gotta fry. So, I mean, once I get rid of Pacquiao and Shawn Porter then we can sit down and talk about Terence Crawford. But nobody’s avoiding him. Like I said, I’m gonna get these belts over here and then I’m gonna come take Terence Crawford’s belt because I said I’m gonna be undisputed welterweight champion of the world. So the only way to make that happen is to take his belt so, I mean, nobody is avoiding him.”

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