Lonergan Vents On Top Rank And Canelo-GGG 2
Dean Lonergan is furious, but there is nothing he can do.
The promoter for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, spoke with FIGHT SPORTS to discuss the issues surrounding the June 9th fight with Terence Crawford.
“We’ve gone back to bloody June 9th, that date is not great for us because we can’t get on Pay-Per-View in Australia,” said Lonergan.
Pay-Per-View, a main source of revenue for Lonergan and Horn, can’t happen due to UFC 225 taking place the same day in Chicago, which features fellow Australian Robert Whittaker defending his middleweight title.
“We’re not getting the opportunity to maximize our revenues, and when you’re facing a dangerous fighter as Terence Crawford, you’ll want to be doing that.”
Lonergan confirmed that it was Top Rank, and Top Rank alone, who moved the fight without consulting him or Horn.
“We weren’t consulted at all,” said the DUCO promoter, but claims it was “fair play” due to a contract negotiated in 2017. “We’re working off the second fight of an options agreement and those terms and conditions were laid down (in 2017).”
When asked about attempting to have the date change to a more conducive date for Australian Pay-Per-View, Lonergan claims he’s made multiple appeals to Arum, and doesn’t expect any changes.
“Unfortunately we had to fall into line… straight up, it pisses me off! And it really annoys me and they’re not paying heed to a good promotional partner, whose delivered them a whole bunch of money over these last two fights… so be it, it is what it is.”
With the recent trend of big fights, such as Crawford-Horn, GGG-Canelo’s rematch, and Billy Joe Saunders return to the ring, being postponed or cancelled, Lonergan considers it disappointing, especially the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
“It’s a fight that the boxing world wants to see, but while you have guys testing positive for drugs that shouldn’t be in their system, you’ve got issues.”
“It is essential that the sport is clean…”
And even with the looming suspension coming for Alvarez, which could be up to a year for his first offense, Longergan believes that “no one will take the spotlight off of Alvarez or Golovkin.”
The promoter attributes it to their impressive careers, and their time on American television, and that the only fighter who could steal the spotlight would be Floyd Mayweather.
All that notwithstanding, Horn’s promoter believes that Crawford-Horn will be an amazing fight, but cautions that Crawford may not know what he’s getting into on June 9th against the WBO titlist, and feels his man will win a hard-fought battle.