“I Feel Like It’s a Disrespect”: Terence Crawford on Jake Paul’s Boxing Venture

Published 10/31/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Terence Crawford defeats Felix Diaz by RTD in the 10th round during their Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on May 20th, 2017 in New York City. Crawford in the his corner. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford had some stern words for Jake Paul. In the past two years, celebrity and influencer boxing matches have been receiving higher viewership and PPV buys than professional bouts. This new trend began with the Paul brothers, with Jake Paul the face of it.

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Crawford sat down with Brian Custer on his podcast ‘Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer’ ahead of his title fight. Custer asked Crawford what he made of people like Jake Paul earning more from each fight than many veterans and champions of the sport. “Well, you know, I feel like it’s a disrespect to these boxers that, you know, give they all and that’s been here paying they dudes for years and years to come.”

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“You know, some fighters they started when they was seven and you know, they professional. They world champions and haven’t even made a million yet. There’s fighters that, you know, been world champions for years and haven’t seen a big money fight, for ever, well never.”

“You know, and I think it’s you know, it’s disrespectful to us fighters that really take this boxing game serious. And put out all into it and you know. For somebody off the streets that never boxed before. That never been in the amateurs before to just say, ‘alright, you know what, I just wanna go box. Lemme go boxing, let em pay me millions just to go out there because I got a following. I don’t think that’s right.” Crawford said.

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WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford won the belt back in 2018. Since then, the American has not had any big fights against any serious title contenders. In his three-year reign as the WBO Welterweight king, he is on course to face his toughest challenge yet.

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Crawford will face former champion, Shawn Porter on November 20 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. For Porter, this fight is a step to get back on the throne he lost. For Crawford, this fight is to establish himself as a legitimate contender and a legitimate champion. It will make for an electric fight.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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