Bob Arum may be accused of being many unsavory things, but one supposed charge he will not cop to is the one of racism.
Earlier this year, WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford sued his former promoter, Arum, and Arum’s Top Rank Inc., for breach of contract. The two had parted ways last November after Crawford's 10th-round stoppage of Shawn Porter. The suit, whose existence was first published in the gossip section of the NY Post, drew plenty of attention because, in addition to the contractual disputes, it painted Arum out to be a racist.
Arum, who is of Jewish descent, was especially peeved by those claims of discrimination.
“The allegations are stupid,” Arum told FightHype.com. “I don’t even pay attention to them. You can call me a lot of things.
“You may call me cheap, you may call me greedy, if you want – there’s a debate on that – but don’t call me racist. That’s, like, f------- stupid.”
Arum thinks Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs), moreover, is being misled by his inner circle. Arum, however, did not note the exact individuals purportedly giving the welterweight advice. While he is trained and managed by Brian McIntyre, Crawford, according to Arum in a previous interview, is also advised by Daniel Kinahan, the alleged Irish drug cartel leader and founder of MTK Global, a boxing management company.
“Terence is being advised by the wrong people,” Arum said. “The best thing that could’ve happened after the contract was over is we go our separate ways without any vitriol.”
The 90-year-old promoter noted that while he thought highly of Crawford as a fighter, he was disappointed in the Omaha, Nebraska native’s marketing abilities.
“As far as Top Rank is concerned, as far as I’m concerned, Terence is a wonderful fighter, one of the best fighters no question about it, but he didn’t help at all in any of the promotions because he was the kind of fighter that siphoned himself off,” Arum said. "He would prepare like a son of a b!tch, and he would work real hard, but that hurt us to some extent promoting his fights. That's why the results that we got in the promotions...left a lot to be desired.
“What he got in the ring was tremendous, because he never came into the ring not fully prepared and focused.”