What Advice Does Timothy Bradley Have For Terence Crawford?
Recently, several boxing stars have taken a stance when it comes to pay cuts in the sport. One of the top athletes in the welterweight division, Terence Crawford, is one of the premier athletes to state he would not come back to fight if it meant taking a hit on his salary. How do boxing veterans feel about this?
Analyst and former welterweight champion Tim Bradley spoke on the SI Boxing Podcast about Crawford and others attempting to sit out. He believes that as a champion and a young fighter, he should be fighting as often as possible.
“In all honesty, Bud Crawford is not dying for money,” Bradley stated, via Boxing Scene. “But I have to say that being in his position, time off is time wasted. That’s just it. Whether you take a pay cut or not, you have to stay active.”
“‘Bud’ Crawford is not a young whippersnapper anymore. He’s in his 30s. He’s not young. Activity is important for him. But I know Bud Crawford personally. I know he works extremely hard, he’s constantly staying in shape. So, I think he’ll be okay.”
Crawford (36-0) is the current WBO Welterweight Champion. “Bud” won his last bout in December over Egidijus Kavaliauskas via TKO. It was the third time defending the WBO belt he won from Jeff Horn back in 2018. The 32-year-old former light-welterweight champion has been eyeing a bout between Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr. for a while now.
Several boxers have already returned to action thanks to Top Rank producing events inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. With no fans allowed, Bob Arum is tentative about having fighters like Crawford compete without a venue to be earned. That is one of the main issues with Vasiliy Lomachenko v. Teofimo Lopez right now.
When it comes to fighting, Crawford believes he should not have to sacrifice his body and his time all to take a cut in his pay. With gyms limited due to COVID-19, Crawford would have to start from scratch. Bradley believes sacrifices could be made as a career can go by very fast.
“One thing that we know is that you can’t buy back time,” Bradley went on to say. “You can’t buy back time. These are your prime years. Boxing is short. It’s a short-lived sport, believe it or not. You have a short window to make your money and get out of the game before the game damages you.”
Recently, Demetrius Andrade has offered a plan to confront this issue with pay cuts. It is unknown if Top Rank or any promotion would comply with his consideration. As for Crawford, no return date has been announced for him yet.