“It’s All Ego” – Eddie Hearn Reacts to Bob Arum’s 40-40-20 Split Idea for Spence Jr. vs Crawford Fight

Published 04/02/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter speaks to the media during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to there WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


The only important fight that fans wish to see at the welterweight landscape is between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford. But because of some uncertainties, the fight isn’t reaching terms, and its possibilities are diminishing with time. Despite this, Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum, came up with 40-40-20 purse segregation to make this fight happen.

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With this split, Arum vowed to allot 40% of the amount to both the fighters with the winner taking the additional 20%, to walk away with 60% of the total fight money.

But the Matchroom supremo, Eddie Hearn, scoffed over this proposal. In a chat on the AK and Barak Show, he said, “That’s almost like admitting the fight is not going to happen.”

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“When has that ever happened in the sport of boxing? How many times have we heard that? ‘Ah, winner takes all.’ It’s kind of like a repeat conversation.”

Hearn continued, “I guess it can (happen), but it never will. I love Terence Crawford. And I know him better than I know Errol Spence, who I like as well. I just don’t understand the whole (thing).”

“I’m like, ‘What?’ It goes back to, it’s all ego, isn’t it? (h/t Boxing News)

Hearn asserted this fight can pin the ‘Bud’ as a Hall of Famer in boxing. And citing the same, Hearn feels Crawford should take the fight irrespective of the money involved.

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Should Terence Crawford take up the Errol Spence Jr. fight for establishing his legacy? 

Terence Crawford ranks among the brightest, welterweight faces of boxing at present. Over the course of time, ‘Bud’ has solidified his place in the division, thus cementing himself as the WBO welterweight champion.

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As he feels the Errol Spence Jr. fight is massive, he wants a bigger share of the purse. But, on the contrary, if he takes up this bout with a considerably moderate amount, and wins over the ‘Truth’, he will undeniably cement himself as the best welterweight of all time. He will also etch his name in the history books for his paramount accomplishments.

Fans are desperate to see the duo collide. Hence, it’ll be interesting to see what the ‘Bud’ and his corner decide on for the Spence Jr. fight.

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Should Crawford pay heed to Hearn’s advice?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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