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Boxing fans will once again be treated to an undisputed title fight in 2023, this time featuring two of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Welterweight champions Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. have reportedly agreed to a deal to fight on July 29 in Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger. Crawford, the WBO champion, and Spence, the IBF-WBA-WBC champion, have been on a collision course for years and boxing fans have clamored for them to meet in the ring. Now the two will finally face off with all four sanctioning body belts on the line.

Yahoo Sports confirmed that the fight is not signed. They have been close before and then talks fell apart, but this time seems more serious and significant than previous attempts.

If the fight occurs on July 29, it will cap a massive week for the sport. Undisputed bantamweight champion and Naoya Inoue, who trails only Crawford in the Yahoo Sports pound-for-pound rankings, will move up to super bantamweight to challenge unified champion Stephen Fulton on July 25 in Tokyo. It will mean four of the greatest fighters in the world will be competing in huge fights on the same week.

After Spence’s win over Yordenis Ugas in April 2022, Crawford fired off a congratulatory tweet and a call to make the “real fight” happen. “No more talk no more side of the street let’s go!!!!” Crawford wrote. Spence hasn’t fought since the win over Ugas in which he added Ugas’ WBA belt to his collection.

After failing to agree to terms for the fight with Spence, Crawford fought unheralded David Avanesyan in December. He knocked him out in the sixth round in a fight without much fanfare.

Crawford versus Spence figures to be a much different story with both fighters at the top of their game and with plenty on the line.

It is a massive fight that has been anticipated for years and figures to be a classic battle. Fans have been calling for them to fight since Crawford jumped to the welterweight division after becoming undisputed super lightweight champion in 2018 by knocking out Julius Indongo in the third round on Aug. 19, 2017.

He moved to welterweight after that — where Spence has spent his entire career — and won the WBO title in his first bout in the new class by stopping Jeff Horn.

If it occurs, Crawford-Spence will be the second huge pay-per-view bout of the year. On April 22, Gervonta Davis knocked out Ryan Garcia in the seventh round in Las Vegas in a fight that, according to a report in Sports Business Journal, sold 1.2 million on pay-per-view and had a paid gate of $22.8 million.

The Crawford-Spence fight figures to be even bigger, with both fighters holding perfect records and still in their primes. Crawford is 39-0 with 30 KOs and Spence is 28-0 with 22 KOs.



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