Andre Ward says Spence vs. Ugas winner should fight Crawford
Through Max Schram: Andre Ward wants the winner of the Errol Spence Jr. welterweight unification bout against Yordenis Ugas to face 147-pound WBO champion Terence Crawford in their next contest.
Ward says he doesn’t want to hear the opponent’s comments that a fight between Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) and IBF/WBC champion Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) won’t sell out.
The problem is that the promoters would have to risk paying the vast purses for a fight between “The Truth” Spence and Crawford, and they could lose a lot of money in the process.
Crawford and Spence would both likely want $10 million each, and for that kind of purse to be covered, he’d have to bring a lot of PPV buys.
It wouldn’t be a problem if any of the Middle Eastern countries were willing to shell out a ton of money to make this fight happen, but it probably won’t happen.
When Crawford fought on PPV, he put up bad numbers, and there’s no way to predict if his numbers would be better against Spence.
Ugas could upset the apple cart
The time out of the ring, the retina surgery and the car accident left Spence, soon to be 32, in a position where he could lose to almost anyone at this point.
WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas has a real shot at winning this fight against this impoverished version of Spence.
“It looks like Yordenis Ugas and Errol Spence will be fighting this spring. We all want to see Errol Spence fight Terence Crawford, right? said Max Kellerman on Max on boxing. “But can Ugas upset the applecart here?
“Absoutely. Ugas, he has pedigree,said Andre Ward when asked if Ugas could defeat IBF/WBC welterweight champion Spence to prevent the Spence-Crawford fight from happening.
“For those who don’t know, he comes from the Cuban school of boxing, and that’s probably the hardest life for a fighter to live. You’re talking about fighters living a spartan lifestyle and going for eight weeks to concentrate.
“If you’re a Cuban fighter, your whole life is about winning, winning gold medals and winning world championships, winning Pan American championships. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. is.
“The training camp is called ‘The Farm’, and that should say enough. He has the pedigree,” Ward said of former Cuba national team star Yordenis Ugas. “He showed it against Shawn Porter, and he showed it against Manny Pacquiao.
“Some would say, ‘Oh, Manny was old.’ Manny was always dangerous, the old man was always dangerous, and you see the balance and the boxing ability and the mentality of Ugas and the skills he brings to the ring.
“I’m glad he got his chance because it looked like the sanctioning bodies were going to get him out of the situation yet again to make him fight another fight to earn a chance.
“I’m glad they finally gave him a chance against Errol Spence, and I once again take my hat off to Errol Spence because no matter what Errol Spence is going through in his personal life, he always comes out and wants to fight the best.
“He’s not interested in a tune-up fight, and for that, my friend, you must respect him,” Ward of Spence said.
If Spence has been partying, partying the year he’s been out of the ring, he could be asking for trouble against Ugas. The Cuban fighter lives a Spartan life, and he’s not living it with the millions he earned in his last fight.
Ward insists Craword vs Spence will sell
Andre Ward thinks the Crawford vs. Spence fight will make big numbers despite what PBC spokesman Tim Smith recently said.
Smith pointed out that Crawford’s track record on PPV is lacking and that with the money he would want to face Spence, it’s not a double fight.
“After that, the winner of Ugas and Spence, give me Terence Crawford. What are we waiting for?” said Ward.
“I have respect for Tim Smith, and I know he’s the spokesperson for PBC and he came out and started talking about Terence Crawford with the pay-per-view numbers.
“But nobody right now except for one guy right now, and that’s Canelo Alvarez doing 500, 600, 800, a million buys. So nobody can call himself a pay-per-view star.
“What you can say about Terence Crawford is that it’s been at Madison Square Garden a number of times, and obviously, in his hometown [Omaha, Nebraska], and in Las Vegas he made 10, 12, 14, 15 thousand. So you can’t say it’s not bad.
“Errol Spence can’t do bigger numbers out of anyone else than he can out of Terence Crawford, and Terence Crawford can’t do bigger numbers than anyone out of ‘Errol Spence. So stop telling me this fight won’t sell,said Ward.
“Word. Let me tell you something. Let’s make it clear to everyone what Andre just said,” Kellerman said. “If two guys want to fight, they’re gonna fight.”