Lonergan Claims Arum Made Up Crawford’s Injury
Dean Lonergan, the promoter of WBO welterweight champion, Jeff Horn, suspects that Terence Crawford’s hand injury was concocted by Bob Arum and Top Rank. Lonergan claims it was not to duck his champion, but to instead push the fight back for it to be broadcast on ESPN’s new streaming app.
The fight originally set for April 14th, was postponed last month when Crawford would suffer a hand injury during training. A short time before that, the event, the venue, and tickets for the fight were not officially confirmed. What was confirmed was Duco Event’s and Horn’s pay-per-view deal with Foxtel’s Main Event channel, but now with the date changing to the same date as UFC 225 in Chicago featuring fellow Aussie, Robert Whitaker, they will no longer carry the fight. The cancellation takes $1 million off the table for Lonergan and Horn.
“This has been brought about by what I consider to be a fake injury, to be bluntly honest,” Lonergan told AAP.
“I’ve requested that Top Rank send through the medical certificates to prove that Crawford had an injury and we were told in no uncertain terms they wouldn’t be forthcoming.
“So I’ve got no doubts that they’re bulls……. us.”
Lonergan said Top Rank had shown “zero respect” to not only Duco, but Horn by ignoring their concerns regarding pay-per-view in Australia, with his pleas to change the date falling on deaf ears.
“I think the reason why the fight was delayed (was because) Top Rank had done zero promotion on the fight and hadn’t formalized the agreement with ESPN,” Lonergan said.
“I would have been just as happy if they’d have said, ‘look, we’re not ready to go, let’s delay it by a month or two.’
“But you would have thought they would be considering their partners before they go and make unilateral decisions.
“Yes it has been frustrating, and yes, it is p…… me off no end.”
Per a report from STUFF, Lonergan claimed all broadcast options were on the table in Australia, including a possible free-to-air deal