Arum: 'The Cancer' Al Haymon Will Prevent Crawford-Spence!

By Steve Kim

On December 8th, WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko attempts to unify his title versus WBO belt-holder Jose Pedraza, at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

If Lomachenko should come out victorious as expected, the fight that will be clamored for in 2019 will be a showdown versus WBC/IBF champion Mikey Garcia.

So what are the realistic possibilities of that particular match-up coming fruition?


Bob Arum, who promotes Lomachenko said on Tuesday afternoon - "I have no idea, I have no idea. I mean, we've made ourselves plain and we talk to the press. Until you talk to 'the cancer', who knows? If 'the cancer' has the power to block whatever fight is offered to his fighter, than obviously it can't happen, right?

"If you have 'cancer' you can't operate normally."

Arum is obviously referring to one Al Haymon, who advises Garcia and host other boxers under the Premiere Boxing Champions banner.

For the most part, PBC boxers have rarely ventured outside this umbrella to face other marquee boxers. Now, with the PBC having control of two platforms(Showtime and FOX) it's unlikely that there will be any cross pollination of bouts in the near future.

Which means that a bout between WBO welterweight titlist, Terence Crawford (who is aligned with Top Rank, which has an exclusive deal with ESPN) and IBF belt-holder, Errol Spence (who is advised by Haymon) will be unlikely.

"Absolutely," stated Arum, "it's 'the cancer'. With any of his fighters. And let me tell you something, the (Manny) Pacquiao-(Floyd) Mayweather fight would not have happened if Les Moonves hadn't told Stephen Espinoza that he was stopping on boxing at Showtime till that fight was made.

"Did you know that? Well, I'm telling you that."

( reached out to PBC to get a comment but did not receive one.)

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chuckguy on 10-26-2018

[QUOTE=SteveM;19225820]that makes sense - but if he tries to come with a non-sensical agenda to me then he just gets intellectually squashed. It's one thing to have an opinion, even one you can't back up, but it's totally something else…

Comment by SteveM on 10-26-2018

[QUOTE=Chuckguy;19223759]Don’t bother arguing with that ignorant hater.[/QUOTE] that makes sense - but if he tries to come with a non-sensical agenda to me then he just gets intellectually squashed. It's one thing to have an opinion, even one you can't…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 10-26-2018

[QUOTE=deanrw;19224363]LOL....guy you are so biased it is sad.[/QUOTE] If I was biased, I'd be trashing PBC and praising DAZN. I don't allow my business interests to influence my posts here. I'm here to post the truth, not push what would…

Comment by deanrw on 10-26-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19224349]Right, because he releases statements all the time about everything else, so surely he would release a statement about this. You nailed it. And if they ACTUALLY wanted the fight, they would have released zero statements and called…

Comment by jas on 10-26-2018

Bs Arum doesnt want crawford spence now He has said in the past he wants it down the line Now he is saying this because he is fleecing espn and wants to pretend he wants to make the spence fight

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