Unified WBC, WBA, and IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBO 147-pound world champion Terence Crawford will battle for the Undisputed Welterweight World Championship in a Premier Boxing Champions event. The 12-round showdown will occur on Saturday, July 29, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, providing an exciting opportunity for boxing betting enthusiasts to wager on this highly anticipated clash of two pound-for-pound fighters.
Spence (28-0) turned in an impressive outing with a 10th-round stoppage of Yordenis Ugas in the spring of 2022 despite fighting just twice since 2019. The victory unified his WBC and IBF titles with the WBA belt.
Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) scored a dazzling sixth-round knockout against David Avanesyan in December and has stopped all seven of his welterweight opponents.
New York sportsbook WynnBet has Crawford (-160) as the favorite to defeat Spence (+130) and become the undisputed welterweight champion. The fight pits two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing, but Spence's lack of activity over the past four years is a significant concern. Crawford should continue his dominant reign over the division.
Spence is an undefeated southpaw with a knack for stopping opposing fighters in the early rounds. The former Olympian is a powerful puncher who has racked up 22 knockouts in 28 fights. However, he has only fought twice in nearly four years due to various issues.
The 33-year-old utilizes a high guard and is a defensive specialist who prefers to use one of the heaviest jabs in boxing before unleashing a straight left hand to the head or body. Spence possesses exceptional footwork, elite inside fighting skills, and a mix of aggression, power, and bodywork.
The Texas resident is a confident fighter who is excited to be a part of this marquee matchup despite being the underdog.
"I'm truly excited to be a part of the biggest fight in boxing and the best welterweight matchup of the century," said Spence. "Terence is a great fighter, and I'm going to break another great fighter's will. Mentally and physically, I'm going to dominate and come out on top."
Crawford is a dangerous switch-hitter known for his counter-punching abilities and high ring IQ. The 35-year-old is one of the top finishers in boxing, with 30 knockouts in 39 fights.
The Nebraska native showcases an underrated jab and is a versatile fighter with a bevy of tactics and techniques. Crawford's arsenal includes powerful punches, consistent pressure, and defensive maneuverability. His ability to shower opponents with a deep mix of head and body combinations from different angles is one of the main reasons he is one of the sport's best finishers.
Like Spence, Crawford is confident of the outcome of this mega-fight and is looking forward to cementing his legacy as one of the top champions in the history of boxing.
"This is definitely a legacy fight and a fight that should be talked about everywhere," said Crawford. "This is an old-school type of fight. All the greats have fought each other, and that's what we're doing for this era.
"People after this fight are going to say that Bud Crawford is special," he added. "I can assure you that. He'll give me my respect after the fight after I whoop that ass. Errol doesn't like to back up. I'm the type of fighter where you push me, and I push even harder. We both have big hearts and like to fight. It makes for a great action-packed fight."
While the fight is expected to be closely contested, we predict that Crawford will find an opening and deliver a decisive blow, resulting in a knockout finish. We anticipate the fight to end in the later rounds, possibly around the ninth or tenth round, as Crawford's precision and power take effect.
Betting odds for this Undisputed Welterweight World Championship showdown are live on New York's prominent sportsbooks, including BetMGM, which has Crawford as a -175 favorite.
The most popular bet type for this fight is the moneyline, betting on who will win the fight outright.
Our pick would be to back Crawford, given his stellar track record of finishing opponents and superior counter-punching skills. A $100 wager on Crawford at odds of -175 would net a profit of approximately $57.14, for a total payout of $157.14.
The Over/Under bet is another popular type, where you bet on the number of rounds the fight will last. Given both fighters' aggressive style and ability to inflict damage with powerful punches, this fight probably will not go the distance.
However, considering their most recent performances, this fight should last at least three full rounds. Thus, betting Over 2.5 rounds could be a winning pick.
Given that Spence's last four fights have gone 10 rounds or more, and Crawford has fought six rounds or more in six of his past seven bouts, we could speculate a potentially lengthy and hard-fought contest. Thus, we might lean toward betting on Over 3.5 rounds, expecting the fight to reach at least into the fourth round.
Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford will clash in a 12-round encounter to crown an undisputed welterweight champion on Saturday, July 29, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boxing fans in New York can watch the fight live on Showtime pay-per-view.
WBO welterweight world champion Terence Crawford is the favorite to outclass unified WBC, WBA, and IBF 147-pound world champion Errol Spence Jr. in a Premier Boxing Champions event in Las Vegas. WynnBet has Crawford as a -160 betting favorite, while Spence Jr. is the +130 underdog.
Nonito Donaire (42-7) and Alexandro Santiago (27-3-5) will battle for the vacant WBC bantamweight title, while Isaac Cruz (24-2-1) will square off against unbeaten Giovanni Cabrera (21-0) in a WBC and WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator. A pair of junior middleweights, Yoenis Tellez (5-0) and Sergio Garcia (34-2), will clash in an intriguing contest.
Live betting is available during the fight, but bets can only be placed between rounds when the in-play betting odds are updated. Moneyline wagers representing the odds for who will win the fight outright are the most popular type of betting for boxing. Other live betting types include "three-way" moneyline wagers and prop bets such as the method of victory, total rounds, points betting, and parlays.
WynnBet and BetMGM are trusted and well-known sportsbooks in New York where boxing fans can bet on this welterweight world championship showdown.