Errol Spence Jr. acknowledged that his timing was not quite right and Terence Crawford took advantage of this to counterpunch him in the fight he lost by technical knockout in the ninth round at T -Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last weekend.
In the post-fight press conference, Spence Jr. expressed that he was not physically well and that from the first rounds he felt the power of Crawford's punch, but, though he tried to fight back, he couldn't find the rhythm to counter Bud's punches.
“My timing wasn't there and with that he capitalized on several things. His timing was better than mine. Nothing surprised me about him, but my timing wasn't right today. Physically, I didn't feel completely well, but the same thing had happened to me on other occasions and I was able to overcome it. However, this time I couldn't turn my intensity up any more,” he said.
“I felt his power from the first or second round. He's a strong guy, but because my timing wasn't right, he was counterpunching me between my punches,” he added.
According to Compubox data, Terence Crawford landed 60% of his power shots and 87 jabs, the most any opponent has ever landed on Errol Spence Jr. Instead, The Truth landed just 96 body shots in the entire fight, while Bud hit double than its rival (186).
These statistics show what could be seen in the fight between the two last Saturday, Crawford's total dominance over Spence Jr. from start to finish. Before the stoppage by the referee, the former unified champion was knocked down four times.
Despite Terence Crawford's superiority, Errol Spence Jr. can activate the immediate rematch clause which stipulates that the loser has 30 days after the match to do so and the winner It will be the one who decides in what weight it will be carried out. Both fighters have expressed interest in making it, but at 154 pounds due to the difficulty of both making weight.
Terence Crawford, 35, became a pound-for-pound best after winning the undisputed welterweight championship and remaining undefeated in the sport. Bud now has 40 wins, 31 of them by knockout. For his part, Errol Spence Jr., 33, lost his title and for the first time in his career. The former unified 147-pound champion left his professional record with 28 wins (22 knockouts) and one loss.