The ongoing tussle between Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and one of his finest prodigies, Terence Crawford continues as the former isn’t repenting on the comments he made a few days back.
Arum, 88, ashed out Crawford and demeaned his PPV abilities. Although ‘Bud’ defended his title spectacularly against Kell Brook, Bob Arum still wanted him to leave Top Rank.
That said, the veteran promoter has claimed that Crawford lacks the potential to grab attention. Not only that, but Arum has said that he has lost so much money that he could have purchased a Beverly Hills abode instead. It seems that the 88-year-old is done with ‘Bud’ and doesn’t want to invest more in him.
However, his recent comments have sparked a lot of controversies in the combat community. From the UFC president Dana White to Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn, several people have ridiculed him. Dana White took a step further by tagging him as a “little bi***”.
Bob Arum appears unaffected by those comments. He still stands by his remarks and claims to be unbothered by his critics. In a chat with Boxing Scene, he shed light on the whole situation and said, “I don’t give a sh-t.”
He added, “I don’t care because what (the Crawford camp) did was reprehensible. The lawyer sent a letter to us. OK, that’s fine. That’s what lawyers do. But you don’t release it to the press. All of this should have been behind closed doors like what men do. I’m not going to take this sh-t. I’m just not going to do it, because the truth is I’ve lost money with this guy.”
Arum has been in the fight business for decades and is seemingly one of the finest to do so. Despite that, he is known for his loud mouth and trash-talking abilities. In this particular case, Arum is keeping a similar stance by denouncing Crawford’s management.
Firstly, the ‘Bob father’ has clarified of being offended after Terence Crawford’s team leaked the details of their contract to the media. Then he accused the WBO champion of holding the contract, which subsequently affected Top Rank from promoting the fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez.
Arum said, “I’m being serious. I turned the whole project of Crawford over to (Top Rank president and Arum stepson) Todd (duBoef). I washed my hands of it. I’m too emotional about it. There was this last kerfuffle with the Brook fight when he didn’t sign the contracts so we couldn’t promote on (the) Lomachenko-Lopez (telecast). I have long since departed working with Crawford.”
He added, “We kept telling them sign the f–king contract because what they were up to was to start promoting it, not have a signed contract and start a renegotiation. I want a signed contract. They had it for two weeks. If it was up to me, I couldn’t handle it (another Crawford fight). I’m too old to handle this. I’ve taken it off my agenda. Whatever Todd wants to do.”
If Crawford leaves Top Rank, he can enter into several other A-listed promotions, likely the PBC. It will further smoothen his way to bag a fight with Errol Spence Jr, or any other A-listers like Manny Pacquiao.