Arum: Spence’s Management Is Ducking Crawford
With a win against Jose Benavidez on Saturday in his hometown, Terence Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum, hopes his fighter will be much more active in 2019.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Arum said that he wants to “keep him a lot busier than fighting twice a year, I’d try to get him to fight at least three times a year and I think he’s building up the reputation as a great, great welterweight and I think Crawford can handle anybody in the welterweight division and he’s not going to have problems making the weight at 147.”
The WBO welterweight champion looks to stay undefeated, and Arum feels that the 147 pound division is where Crawford can reside for the rest of his career, claiming “that’s probably the last highest division that he’ll be at so we’ll take on all-comers.”
When asked about Errol Spence Jr, and a potential unification fight, Arum claimed that Al Haymon doesn’t seem interested.
“I don’t know Errol Spence, I know of him, everybody says he’s a nice kid, he’s a nice person, certainly a good fighter. But it’s really what Al (Haymon) wants,” opined Arum.
“Al doesn’t like to take fights where the other guy has a chance. So I’m willing and Terence is willing to do that fight next.
“Benavidez is a tough fight but look at the whole picture there is some urgency because Spence is naturally bigger, he will sooner rather than later grow out of the welterweight division.”
“I can’t tell what anybody else is doing,” said Arum of other promoters on other networks.
“All I can tell is what I’m doing and I want to make the best fights for my fighters and I’m willing to sit down and discuss it. There are other fighters and so forth, we can do trades, You know, ‘your fighter can be on my platform, my fighter can be on your platform.’ But if you don’t want to sit down and talk about it – just f*** off.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene