Fundora’s Promoter Says Crawford’s Payday Demands Are Hindering The Fight

Sampson Lewkowicz, Sebastian Fundora’s promoter, has said Terence Crawford’s demands could delay their fight. 

Fundora is the WBO and WBC Junior Middleweight Champion, having defeated Tim Tszyu via a split decision last weekend. The win put Fundora in line to face Crawford. Bud is the WBO Super Welterweight Champion, making him the mandatory at 154, which the WBO ordered. 

However, following the win, Errol Spence Jr. jumped in the ring and demanded the fight instead. Since then, Fundora’s team has given mixed comments about whether to face Crawford or Spence next. But Lewkowicz’s latest comments stated that his fighter wanted to give Tszyu a rematch first for the WBO belt, given the controversial nature of his win.

Tszyu dominated the first two rounds before the Australian sustained a big cut over his hairline after connecting with Fundora’s elbow. That slowed down his momentum. Meanwhile, Fundora suffered a broken nose. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Fundora from fighting until September 27. However, he will be allowed to fight from May 15 if he is cleared by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist.

If the WBO rejects the title proposal to face Tszyu, Fundora could vacate the belt, leaving Crawford to face Josh Kelly for the WBO belt. Since Kelly is not a big name, that would damage Crawford’s earning potential. Now, Lewkowicz says Crawford wants too much money and the chance to co-promote the fight, which is hindering negotiations. 

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“I would say the most honorable thing for Crawford is to fight [Jaron Boots] Ennis, and he would have no problem with the weight but he’s looking for money. He wants to fight Canelo for money, a payday, and I don’t know if he’ll get the payday against Fundora. My understanding is he wants to be a co-promoter because he’s a free agent, and that will not happen that way,” Lewkowicz said

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