Terence Crawford has been one of the biggest prodigies of Top Rank. He has held the WBO welterweight title since 2018 and has only improved his unbeaten professional career. Now he has 37 wins, however, he is yet to be tested against some of the top-rated champions of his division.
Akin to the likes of Errol Spence Jr. and Shakur Stevenson, Crawford hasn’t faced many. However, that doesn’t take the shine off his achievements. ‘Bud’ claimed a spectacular TKO win in round four to defend the title against Kell Brook. That said, he wants to face Errol Spence Jr. next.
This has been a fight that has been relevant for a long time, but has never come close to fruition. Errol Spence Jr will defend his WBC and IBF titles against Danny Garcia on December 5. If he wins the fight, Crawford will seemingly be next on his list. However, both the champions are promoted by Top Rank, which might be a hurdle for an in-ring collision.
Bob Arum reflected on his opinion of setting a fight between ‘Bud’ and ‘The Truth’. His answers might dishearten a bunch of fans.
As per the reports of The Athletic, Crawford’s contract with Top Rank will end after two more fights. Thus, a matchup with Spence Jr under the same banner is at stake right now.
Arum said that Crawford should also start promoting himself. He compared his situation with several other greats in the sport.
The Top Rank CEO said, “He’s got to promote like (unified lightweight champion Teofimo) Lopez does. He’s got to promote like (former featherweight champion) Shakur (Stevenson) does. Like (Floyd) Mayweather did. Like (Manny) Pacquiao did. If he doesn’t, then who the f*** needs him? He may be the greatest fighter in the world, but, hey, I ain’t going bankrupt promoting him.”
Arum has also appeared vexed with Terence Crawford, and has provided an explanation for the same.
Bob Arum added, “The question is, ‘Do we want to keep him?’ I could build a house in Beverly Hills on the money I’ve lost on him in the last three fights. A beautiful home. Nobody questions Crawford’s innate, tremendous ability. By beating a naturally bigger guy (in Brook), decisively, that’s a big statement that he’s making. The question is, ‘Does it pay the bills?’ Look, you can have the greatest opera singer in the world. If the fans don’t support it, you’re out of business.”
Meanwhile, Crawford will have several doors open for him if he leaves Top Rank. He is already an elite superstar. He is still young and fresh in the pro circuit. Thus, it is safe to state that ‘Bud’ has just begun to show what he is capable of. What do you make of Bob Arum’s comments about him?