Terence Crawford stopped Errol Spence Jr. in the 9th round to become the undisputed welterweight champion on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) dominated the fight from start to finish. He landed the cleaner punches throughout, and he also had a significant edge in terms of ring generalship.
In the 9th round, Crawford landed a series of punches that put Spence Jr. on the ropes. Spence Jr. tried to fight back, but he was clearly hurt. The referee stopped the fight at the 2:19 mark of the round.
With the win, Crawford becomes the first boxer to hold all four major welterweight titles since Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2011. He is also the first boxer to win undisputed titles at welterweight since Oscar De La Hoya in 2000.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Crawford said after the fight. “I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I came in here and did my job.”
Spence Jr. was gracious in defeat.
“Crawford is a great champion,” Spence Jr. said. “He was the better man tonight.”
The fight was the culmination of a long-awaited matchup between two of the best welterweights in the world. Spence Jr. and Crawford had been scheduled to fight several times in the past, but the fight had been cancelled due to injuries and other circumstances.
On Saturday night, the two finally met in the ring, and it lived up to the hype. It was a close fight for the first few rounds, but Crawford took control in the middle rounds and never looked back.
The win is a huge accomplishment for Crawford. He is now the undisputed welterweight champion of the world, and he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. This is a huge step forward in his career, and it will be interesting to see who he fights next.