As we get closer to July 29, the promotion for the undisputed welterweight title between Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22 KOs) and Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) continues to build in what is one of the most anticipated fights in recent years. Showtime released the second episode of their All Access on Saturday night, which did not disappoint. The theme of the second episode focused on the men tasked with getting these elite-level pugilists ready for the biggest fight of their careers; trainers Derrick James (Spence Jr.) and Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre (Crawford).
The intro to the second episode starts in Dallas, TX, where the cameras zero in on Spence Jr. hitting the heavy bag. Then the scene quickly shifts to him working with his trainer James on the mitts while discussing the competitive nature of both him and Crawford.
After Showtime finishes its intro, the episode lays the foundation of what those tuned in are about to consume. The history of Spence’s relationship with James is on full display as they discuss everything they have accomplished together on the road to this super fight. Then the scenes shift to Spence doing an episode on the Pivot Podcast with Ryan Clark. Part of the discussion is the rematch clause and how Crawford may not take it after they fight on July 29. It then goes back to the bond between Spence and James with cameos from former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua who goes into the mental training James provides him. While watching a film that looks like his living room, James talks about everything Crawford does right.
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford will stream live on Showtime PPV, July 29
After going into everything about Spence and James, it was time to head west and get into the relationship between Crawford and his trainer ‘BoMac.’ Crawford’s family lineage of fighters is discussed as he trains with his father looking on. Crawford talked about how his father wasn’t always there throughout his career but that he appreciates the time he spends with him now. ‘BoMac’ talks about his relationship with Crawford and being with him from the start.
Then the episode returns to Dallas, TX, where Spence Jr. is seen at an office, getting measured for a mouthpiece. In the last two fights and since his car accident, Spence Jr. has had issues with his mouthpiece. It’s why FanSidedMMA brought it up in a recent media call in which Spence Jr. said he had purchased three new mouthpieces for this fight. Spence Jr. makes a joke at the office where he was getting sized for it by saying if he has another issue with his mouthpiece, the person making them will be put on blast since it made the episode. Spence Jr. then goes into the importance of recovery while he is seen getting a cupping session.
After the Spence Jr. scene, it returns to Colorado Springs, CO, where Crawford talks about his competitiveness as he plays cornhole against his team members. Crawford takes all things that are competitive seriously and hates to lose. The episode then goes to the last few minutes, where they go back and forth between Spence Jr. and Crawford in a training montage. James closes the gate to his gym, ending the episode.
This episode was an important part of this promotion as it describes how similar both men are outside of the ring, which doesn’t help when trying to give one side the edge, hence why this is such a 50/50 fight. The excitement keeps building up as fans cannot wait for July 29.