Are We Close To Seeing Terence Crawford Vs. Keith Thurman?
Top Rank’s Bob Arum may be regretting putting Keith Thurman’s name out there as a potential opponent for Terence Crawford.
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Arum discussed the idea of the former world champion in Thurman (29-1) facing off against the WBO Welterweight Champion in Crawford (36-0). This comes after Arum named the former as a potential opponent for Crawford if a Manny Pacquiao fight wasn’t able to come to fruition. It appears that the asking price for Thurman is more than expected.
“Thurman’s people got in touch with me, but they’re out to lunch,” Arum ended up saying. “They have such crazy expectations that just don’t exist anymore. Their money demands are crazy. They said they were free agents, which I’m sure they are. But again, who’s gonna pay what they’re looking for?”
Thurman just lost the WBA Welterweight Title to Pacquiao last July. It ended an unbeaten streak dating back to his debut in 2007. Injuries have derailed the latter part of his career and he just recently underwent another surgery. “One Time” believes he is a true contender and will be ready for his next opponent, whoever it may be.
While he has shown interest in facing Pacquiao in a rematch, Thurman has recently been calling out Crawford.
“Send the contract! Send the contract,” Thurman stated on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, via Boxing Scene. “Send the contract, let me post it on my IG and sign it live, baby
“Right now, I want Crawford more now, man. He got under my skin. Errol? That’s a timeline issue. I know how the game works. We got the same manager. That’s a timeline issue. This Crawford dude? Send a contract, bro. Tell ESPN to send some zeroes my way. They know an appropriate number. I sign on the dotted line.”
The 32-year-old Crawford made his professional debut in 2008. Originally winning the WBO Lightweight Title, “Bud” would win the WBO, WBA, IBF, The Ring, and WBC Light-Welterweight Titles. He then moved up to welterweight in 2018, beating Jeff Horn for the WBO Welterweight Title. Crawford has defended it three times, last beating Egidijus Kavaliauskas in December via TKO.
Crawford is expected back in the ring by November, as long as he doesn’t have to take a pay cut.