Lonergan: Crawford Isn’t A Draw
Jeff Horn’s promoter, Dean Longergan, says a fight with Terence Crawford would be worth much more to Jeff Horn if Crawford wasn’t the “world’s worst interview.”
Following his December 14th victory of Gary Corcoran, Lonergan and the rest of Horn’s team have begun negotiations to face Crawford, the mandatory challenger to his WBO welterweight championship, in late April, in Las Vegas.
And while fighting one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world is tempting, a reported $2 million payday if he takes on veteran Anthony Mundine may be a bit more enticing for the former school teacher.
Horn stands to make only half of that amount against Crawford, and Lonergan is set to drive a hard bargain in negotiations with Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
Lonergan is concerned that Crawford won’t be able to promote the fight properly.
“Fighting’s only half the game. The other half is media,” Lonergan told AAP.
“Without it you don’t get paid.”
“Terence Crawford is pound-for-pound the world’s toughest fighter but he is the worst of all worlds, a really tough fight but not a big money fight.”
“The reason is he’s absolutely poor in the media, he’s not a great communicator. As a result he doesn’t have a great following, doesn’t sell a lot of tickets, and doesn’t do a lot of pay-per-views.”
“I’ve watched his interviews, he needs a lot of help to get right, because Conor McGregor he ain’t.”
“So start talking it up, Terence. Say something interesting.”
Crawford would walk into the ring a favorite to beat Horn, some giving the Aussie no chance to beat the Nebraska native.
However, even Arum has doubts whether the 30-year-old could cope with Horn’s size and strength given Crawford was fighting at the 135-pound lightweight limit only a few years ago.
“There are holes in everybody’s game,” Crawford said in a statement issued after Horn’s win over Gary Corcoran.
“There’s a lot of holes in Jeff Horn’s game, and everyone will see that when he gets in the ring with me.”
“When he [Horn] steps into the ring with me, it’s going to be a very different story.”