Arum: Crawford-Spence Can Be Made for 2020
IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBO champion Terence Crawford are both scheduled to make one more title defense before the end of the year. And if both are successful, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Crawford, believes a demanded fight between the pair can be made.
In just two weeks, Spence and WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter will collide in a pay-per-view main event in Los Angeles, California, with both the IBF and WBC titles on the line. And while not official just yet, Crawford is slated to defend his title against undefeated challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas on a December 14 Top Rank card that’d also feature the Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez IBF lightweight title and the possible Michael Conlan vs. Vladimir Nikitin fight.
Arum feels confident that if Spence and Crawford each win, a unification bout between them can be made sometime next year. He added that Spence vs. Crawford would make for a better showdown then Crawford vs. Porter.
“I would hope that early next year we can get that fight done,” Arum said. “That is the only fight that makes real big sense in the welterweight division for getting a big number. Spence and Porter is a fight but it’s not a big pay-per-view fight — but Spence and Crawford, if they both win their fights this year, that is a major, major fight.”
Earlier this year, it was confirmed Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), which Spence and Porter are a part of, would no longer recognize WBO champions. One graphic of note during the Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman WBA title fight broadcast saw Crawford — the lone non-PBC fighter to currently hold a welterweight title — not recognized as a champ, which prompted a response from him on social media.
You know the hate is real when they don’t acknowledge the fact that you a title holder 😂😂😂
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) July 21, 2019
Arum and Haymon reportedly sat down recently to discuss and finalize Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II, which will be official for 2020 if Fury defeats Otto Wallin tonight and Wilder retains against Luis Ortiz in November.
Arum feels that based on this experience — and recent co-promoting he did with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing — a similar plan can be made to bring together Crawford and Spence for a big title showdown.
“The idea that promoters won’t work together is ridiculous at least we always believe that — that we should work with the other side whatever the other is and I think Al is coming around to that,” Arum said. “I mean, listen, we just did a big fight with Eddie Hearn in England where he was the main promoter and ESPN+ showed the fight. The fight before that was [Anthony] Crolla, who is his fighter [against Vasyl Lomachenko]. And then, of course, we had Jose Ramirez go over to DAZN to fight [Maurice] Hooker and came back to ESPN. He left with one title and came back with two, so that was a pretty good gig.”
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