When it comes to big fights in boxing, Showtime knows how to get fans excited about their upcoming event. It’s a throwback to the days when HBO would do their 24/7 series that was built upon the stardom of boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. With Showtime’s All Access program being required viewing, it was fitting that they rolled out a three-part series for the undisputed welterweight title fight between Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22 KOs) and Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs).
This fight was long anticipated and will finally occur at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, on July 29. Although fans felt it was past its expiration date before the fight was announced, now that we are less than a month away, the hype is building up, and what better way to kick things off than with an All Access.
Since Spence Jr. has been with Premier Boxing Champions the longest, the segment starts with him as he is running on a dirt road with his father riding a bicycle behind him. Spence Jr. has a farm in Dallas, TX, where he resides, so it looks like the scene is near that area.
Then before the episode goes into the main portion of the segment, you hear Spence Jr. say, “The best fighting the best” when thinking about the significance of his upcoming fight. It’s a theme that multiple fighters and promoters have said a lot in the past, but boxing kept falling short in that department, whether it was due to business, politics, or both. We now have the two best fighters in the welterweight division facing off to determine who is the king at 147 pounds.
The episode then went into the press conference in NYC. A fight of this magnitude had Showtime put up a poster of the event on one of their digital marquees in Times Square. There were pre-press conference clips where Spence Jr.’s trainer Derrick James got into a small verbal altercation with Crawford, which seemed more of a misunderstanding. Afterward, the episode goes to the Dallas Cowboys training camp. Spence Jr. tours their practice facility while enjoying conversations with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and a few of his players.
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford will stream live on Showtime PPV, July 29
Then the Showtime crew heads to Omaha, NE, where Crawford is being followed around, and they put the spotlight on his team, which he describes as “Family” and the only ones that know the “Real Terence Crawford.” Then there are clips of Crawford working out, sharing some laughs with Trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre but always keeping focused on the task at hand. The episode then pivots to Spence Jr. and his nutritionist as he prepares a pre-workout meal and discusses the importance of maintaining the proper diet. Some sparring footage is mixed in there as the temperature blows past 100 degrees inside the gym.
The final portion of the premier focuses on Crawford's training in Colorado Springs, CO, where he traditionally finishes his camp. Some scenes show Crawford with his sons and the importance of spending that quality time. This was also displayed when Spence had a moment with his daughters during a Father’s Day celebration. Both men want to do their best but are also aware of the time needed with their kids to make up for the moments away from them.
The episode ends with the images going back and forth between Spence Jr. and Crawford, with the All Access music playing in the background. This is a perfect way to start the series, as the second and final episodes will more than likely dive deeper into the fighters’ personal lives and the things that will push each one to be at their best come July 29. It doesn’t get any bigger than this for boxing as we will look to have the first undisputed welterweight champion in the four-belt era.