Exec of the PBC: Desperate Arum, big fights coming up as Crawford-Khan


As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum – who promotes WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford – has launched Al Haymon – the premier boxing champion.

Arum says Haymon is doing everything possible to prevent a unification between Crawford and IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence.

Crawford, as part of its contract with Top Rank, is contractually bound to ESPN.


While Spence, through his agreement with PBC, is featured on Fox Sports and Showtime.

According to Arum, Spence wants to face Crawford – but the veteran promoter expects Haymon to persuade Spence to fight with someone else.

"No, because you can hear what he's going to say. "He'll say," Spence, listen to me, do not listen to the whites, because if you listen to these whites, they'll guide you down the road, listen to me, my brother, we're part of a fraternity.And if I tell you not to fight Crawford, I tell you not to fight Crawford. "That's exactly what he'll say," Arum said in a previous article on BoxingScene.

Spence and Haymon have a significant advantage.

Most of the best welterweights are under contract with PBC – like Manny Pacquiao, WBC champion Shawn Porter, WBA champion Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, the returning Marcos Maidana and several others.

On the other side, Crawford's options are extremely slim.

And Tim Smith, vice president of communications for PBC, is not surprised that Arum attacks Haymon.

Smith realizes that Arum is under pressure to deliver a big battle to Crawford and that the most likely future opponents are boxers promoted to Top Rank as Egis Kavaliauskas and Alexander Besputin, unknown to most casual fans.

"Terence Crawford has more big fights to do than the one he had against Amir Khan without drawing Errol Spence into the picture, just as there are several big fights against champions. [for Spence]"Smith told the Los Angeles Times.

"We'll let Arum handle the Top Rank and Crawford business while we deal with the Errol Spence and Premier Boxing Champions business – really exciting times in the boxing and welterweight divisions.

"All this feels despair [from Arum]. It's really embarrassing. These fights take place at the appropriate time.

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