Arum Admits ESPN’S Concerned If Crawford Loses
While Jeff Horn may feel like just an attendee to Terence Crawford’s coming out party on June 9th, Bob Arum claims its time for the Australian champion to prove himself.
But, Arum makes no bones about it, even though he co-promotes Horn with Dean Lonergan, both Top Rank and ESPN want Terence Crawford to win.
Crawford, who is considered to be one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world, is the toughest test in Horn’s career. Arum told reporters this week, that “If Horn is to be considered truly the champion, he has to beat the best and the best is Crawford.”
“He emerged from obscurity when he beat Pacquiao. Now is his opportunity to show that victory was no fluke.
“If you put him in with the Corcorans of the world and he kept beating those guys, what would it really mean?”
While Arum may be attempting to give Horn billboard material for June 9th, but knows a Horn victory would be “everything” for the current WBO welterweight champion, but would be bad for Top Rank and ESPN.
“I don’t think it would please ESPN if Terence lost,” he said
“People like to watch sports where an athlete rises to the occasion and the result becomes unpredictable.”
“I think he’s the kind of kid that whether he wins or loses, he’s going to make a great impression in the United States.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene