Bob Arum Blames Errol Spence, Not Al Haymon For Stalling Terence Crawford Fight
Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum is putting on the blame on Errol Spence Jr. for the lack of movement on making a superfight with Terence Crawford happen.
The general consensus is that the boxing match to make at welterweight is Spence vs. Crawford. Spence holds the WBC and IBF Welterweight Titles, while Crawford is the WBO titleholder. There has been no indication that the fight will come to fruition, however, as both men are far apart when it comes to the purse split.
Arum appeared on The 3 Knockdown Rule podcast and said that Spence’s promoter isn’t to blame for the holdup. Instead, Arum says the stalling rests on Spence’s shoulders (via Bad Left Hook).
“I talked with Al Haymon and he’s amenable to the fight. The only one who seems like he’s holding back on it, and maybe because he doesn’t feel he can win the fight, is Errol Spence. That’s the truth. Errol Spence is the obstacle in making that fight, no Al Haymon, not PBC — it’s Errol Spence.
“Spence throws out numbers, percentages. Again, we’re very confident in the fight. We believe Crawford will beat him, unfortunately, Spence believes the same thing. The only issue is Spence doesn’t want to fight him…Blame Spence, he doesn’t want to get beat by Crawford.”
Both Spence and Crawford are undefeated. Spence successfully defended his WBC and IBF Titles against Danny Garcia back in December. Crawford’s last bout was in November when he stopped Kell Brook via fourth-round TKO to maintain his hold on the WBO gold.