COSMOPOLITAN, LAS VEGAS - Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is putting the final touches on one of his last shows of 2019.
On December 7th, WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete will headline an ESPN+ card against Francisco Horta in Puebla, Mexico. Top Rank Inc. will cap it's year a week later in New York when Terence Crawford defends his WBO welterweight title against mandatory challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas.
Most of the top fighters in the welterweight division are with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions and fight on FOX and Showtime. Much has been said about Crawford's lack of options with Top Rank since they typically don't do much business with Haymon and PBC.
There were talks of a potential unification against WBC/IBF champion Errol Spence who is advised by Haymon but those plans are on hold after Spence suffered a horrific car accident and a timetable for his return to the ring has yet to be announced.
While Arum was talking about some of the big fights that his company hopes to make in 2020, he mentioned that several new options may be available to Crawford in the upcoming year.
"I think the biggest fight (he can make) is if my boy Teofimo (Lopez) comes through against Richard Commey. Teofimo and (Vasiliy) Loma(chenko) is a huge huge fight. Oscar Valdez, I am looking forward to his fight against (Miguel Berchelt. There are a lot of big fights. All of these junior welterweights like Josh Taylor, like Jose Ramirez, like (Regis) Prograis will be moving up to the welterweight and those are great opponents for Terence Crawford," Arum told BoxingScene.com and a small group of reporters.
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