Eddie Hearn Won’t Sign Terence Crawford
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said he won’t sign Terence Crawford now that he is a free agent following his contract expiration with Top Rank.
The WBO welterweight champion was in action this past week at Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas where he recorded an emphatic 10th round TKO victory over Shawn Porter. The 34-year-old is currently soaring at the peak of his career and is yet to be defeated by anyone in the ring. But with the win over Porter, he has officially parted his way with Bob Arum’s Top Rank.
Hearn, who was speculated to make a move for Crawford earlier, has now clearly indicated that he won’t sign the 34-year-old as he has no substantial fight to offer to the reigning WBO Champion.
Crawford has been seeking a potential unification bout against either IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. or WBA champion Yordenis Ugas but the British promoter won’t be able to make these fights because neither are fighting under the banner of Matchroom Boxing.
“Someone came over to me today from the U.S media and said, ‘Are you going to sign Terence Crawford?’” Hearn said. “Why would I sign Terence Crawford? What fights do I have for Terence Crawford? He wants to fight Errol Spence. Even if they did, and they may, why would they go to us to make that fight?”
“It’s kind of like Canelo with Caleb Plant. He [Canelo] had to go out to PBC to make that fight. So if that’s their [PBC] mentality and attitude, ‘We don’t work with other guys, we’re only in-house people,’ then he [Crawford] might as well sign with PBC. I don’t have any welterweight fights to offer him, really,”.
Hearn was also very blunt mentioning that Arum and Top Rank have lost millions without delivering a single marquee fight to the Nebraska native.
He admitted that Crawford is an excellent fighter to have but they won’t be gambling by bringing him over.
“It’s business. Top Rank has paid Crawford a lot of money,” Hearn continued. They’ve lost a lot of money, and I would think they lost substantial money last weekend. I think they would have lost massive money on the Amir Khan fight [against Crawford in April 2019 on ESPN PPV]”.
“He’s a brilliant fighter, but the value in Terence Crawford is in those fights [against Spence and Yordenis Ugas], probably the fights; honestly, we can’t deliver, and Bob [Arum] can’t either,” Hearn said.
While Crawford and his team have some serious work to do in the coming days, the boxing fans will be hoping that they can finally witness the much-anticipated unification match-up between Crawford and Spence Jr. soon.