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Arum Discusses Crawford's Future, Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner

By Steve Kim

This past Saturday night, Terence Crawford became the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world by halting Julius Indongo in three rounds at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Crawford, who had the WBO, WBC titles, halted Indongo with a body shot in the third to collect the WBA, IBF belts.  

His promoter Bob Arum, the head of Top Rank, spoke to BoxingScene.com on Monday morning - and revealed that he's still very much interested in matching Crawford against the winner of the planned rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn, who will battle for the WBO welterweight title.

So will Crawford fight again before the end of 2017?

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"That depends on how everything breaks, again he's a very smart kid that likes vacations and so forth and we may not have him fight again this year because we're going to take him to Australia for the Horn-Pacquiao rematch with the hope that next year he would fight the winner," Arum said.

Arum expects Horn-Pacquiao II to take place in the month of November, and once again at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

"Which means that because that fight is in November that he probably won't be able to fight this year," stated Arum.

Crawford (32-0, 23 KO's) has fought twice in 2017, having stopped Felix Diaz in ten rounds at the Madison Square Garden on May 20th.

If Pacquiao should regain his WBO welterweight title from Horn, would he be willing to face Crawford?

"It all depends on one thing: M-O-N-E-Y. And also whether he wants to retire," said the veteran promoter ."So again, that we don't know. Now, I would hope that if Manny wins the rematch and decides to retire, that title would become vacant and we can convince the WBO to allow Crawford to fight for the vacant title."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Feint First on 08-28-2017

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;17991238]So you are OK with Wilder's resume but you have issues with Top Rank matchmaking? Wow, you sound like a easily impressed hypocrite.[/QUOTE] Never said I was "impressed" with Wilder, you brought him up lol. I don't give a chit…

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 08-27-2017

[QUOTE=Feint First;17972615]Wilder is aiight. Hope he fights Ortiz since AJ is blatantly ducking him (Ortiz). My money is on King Kong.[/QUOTE] So you are OK with Wilder's resume but you have issues with Top Rank matchmaking? Wow, you sound like…

Comment by kilojay505 on 08-23-2017

Horn is just like tyson fury he got a lucky break and will lose on his first title defence. Even thou fury never even made it that far

Comment by spn1025 on 08-23-2017

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Comment by Feint First on 08-23-2017

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;17972319]I am curious as to how you rate Wilder's opponents/resume??? Is this a top rank thing with you or do you call a spade a spade?[/QUOTE] Wilder is aiight. Hope he fights Ortiz since AJ is blatantly ducking him (Ortiz).…

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