MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV - As previously reported on multiple outlets, Bob Arum confirmed that the plan for WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (35-0) to make a mandatory defense of his title on December 14th in New York at Madison Square Garden against Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1).
The loaded card would also include IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey defending his title against rising unbeaten contender Teofimo Lopez. If Arum has his way, the triple header would have an intriguing battle between featherweight prospects.
"Crawford will be here this week and hopefully we will get that concluded and we also hope to get Mick Conlan on the card against the Russian kid that defeated him at the Olympics, (Vladimir) Nikitin," Arum stated.
Crawford and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence, who faces WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter on September 28th, are both heavy favorites to win their upcoming bouts. If they are successful, Arum is confident that he can make a unification fight for all three belts come to fruition early next year.
"Yeah, I would hope that early next year we can get that fight done. That is the only fight that makes real big sense in the welterweight division for getting a big number. Spence and Porter is a fight but it's not a big pay-per-view fight - but Spence and Crawford, if they both win their fights this year, that is a major major fight," Arum told BoxingScene.com.
Arum recently met with Al Haymon to finalize a deal for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to face Tyson Fury provided they both win their upcoming bout. Haymon also advises Spence and Arum said that the same blueprint for a Wilder-Fury showdown can be used to make Crawford-Spence.
"That is correct. The idea that promoters won't work together is ridiculous at least we always believe that - that we should work with the other side whatever the other is and I think Al is coming around to that. I mean listen, we just did a big fight with Eddie Hearn in England where he was the main promoter and ESPN+ showed the fight. The fight before that was Crolla who is his fighter. And then of course we had Jose Ramirez go over to DAZN to fight (Maurice) Hooker and came back to ESPN. He left with 1 title and came back with 2 so that was a pretty good gig," Arum explained.
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