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?
"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