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Arum: Crawford More Talented, Dedicated Than Broner

by David P. Greisman

Barely half a year has passed since Terence Crawford had an opportunity and made the most of it — and much has come because of that.

Crawford had stepped in to face Breidis Prescott as a late replacement for the injured Khabib Allakhverdiev. Crawford excelled and impressed, taking a clear unanimous decision on the undercard to HBO’s broadcast of the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rematch.

Crawford was back on HBO in June, scoring a sixth-round stoppage of Alejandro Sanabria. And he’ll be making his third appearance on the network on Oct. 5, fighting on the undercard to Miguel Cotto’s bout with Delvin Rodriguez.

Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, spoke with David Greisman of BoxingScene on Oct. 4.

BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on this large amount of attention being given to Terence Crawford, who’s making his third appearance on HBO? It seems like they have a lot of faith in him, as I’m sure you do as well.

Arum: “When Khabib [Allakhverdiev] fell out of the fight with [Breidis] Prescott and they were looking for a replacement, I immediately zeroed in on Terence. I have always been impressed with his talent. And now, thanks to HBO, that talent is being showcased. I think there’s tremendous upside in Terence Crawford, and if I have my choice between two fighters, [Adrien] Broner or Crawford, I would go with Crawford.”

BoxingScene.com: Why is that?

Arum: “I think he’s more talented, and certainly more dedicated.”

BoxingScene.com: How do you get Crawford to resonate with the audience, given that he’s not into the kind of antics that Broner is?

Arum: “I think that we have a whole history of having fighters that conduct themselves like gentlemen and yet were able to monetize their athletic performances. [Miguel] Cotto is one, Manny [Pacquiao] is another. You don’t have to act like a jerk in order to make money.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bojangles1987 on 12-18-2013

To be fair to Broner, Crawford hasn't exactly matched his accomplishments and has a long way to go to prove himself to be legit.

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 12-18-2013

[QUOTE=-Kev-;14048009]I still feel the same about both, they are not special. Crawford looks mediocre against his current weak opposition, not being able to take out journeymen. Broner got his butt pounded by a lower top 10 ranked fighter in Maidana…

Comment by -Kev- on 12-18-2013

I still feel the same about both, they are not special. Crawford looks mediocre against his current weak opposition, not being able to take out journeymen. Broner got his butt pounded by a lower top 10 ranked fighter in Maidana…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 12-18-2013

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;13811363]I think bob is right on this,,, 5 years from now crawford will be going strong, while the broner train will have been derailed..... Broner is like a hatton, tyson, toney, bowe type fighter where he has plenty…

Comment by Hougigo on 12-18-2013

[QUOTE=AboutBillions;13814207]Crawford is a bum, feed him to gamboa or Gary Russel Jr. Broner is on another level.[/QUOTE] Love the photoshopped sig

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