Arum: Spence Doesn't Want Crawford; We're Ready When He Is

by Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Bob Arum claims Errol Spence Jr. is saying everything except what he really means.

Every time Spence speaks about him and Terence Crawford residing on different sides of a proverbial promotional street, it further reinforces to the Hall-of-Fame promoter that Spence wants no part of Crawford at any point soon. A welterweight title unification bout between Spence (24-0, 21 KOs), the IBF champion, and Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs), the WBO champion, is one of the most intriguing boxing matches that can be made.

Arum, whose company promotes Crawford, still doesn’t think it’ll happen in the foreseeable future because Spence doesn’t want to test himself against Crawford.


“Spence, the genius, [said], ‘Well, we’re on one side of the street, he’s on the other side,’ ” Arum told during a recent interview. “That’s a guy that doesn’t wanna fight Crawford. Any time he’s ready to fight Crawford, we’ll make that fight. We’ll make it happen.”

The 28-year-old Spence emphasized in the immediate aftermath of Shawn Porter’s unanimous-decision victory over Danny Garcia that he is more interested in 147-pound title unification fights with Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs), who won the vacant WBC title by beating Garcia on September 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), whenever the often-injured WBA champion returns. If the strong southpaw can beat Porter and Thurman, it would make his pay-per-view fight against Crawford a bigger event.

Arum’s Top Rank Inc. has a content partnership with ESPN, but he said that won’t prevent Spence-Crawford from happening. He has no problem working with Showtime, the network that showcases Spence, on a joint pay-per-view venture whenever Spence is ready to make that fight.

“Eventually I think I’ll be able to make a Spence fight because the money will be so big and we’ll be reasonable, and we’ll share things and everything,” Arum said. “I’m not gonna play games anymore. I mean, we have a real trust that we’ve been given by ESPN. And not be boxing schmucks anymore, to put on real events in boxing for the public. And if that means sharing or doing a deal, we’re prepared to do that. Nobody wants selfishness anymore.”

Crawford, meanwhile, is scheduled make a voluntary defense of his WBO 147-pound championship against Phoenix’s Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0, 18 KOs) on October 13 at CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford’s hometown.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Steven Mccowan on 09-20-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19123313]It's up to the fighters who they sign with! After that, it's up to the promoters! Some fighters have to take action to have the freedom to do as they choose (Oscar, Floyd, Cotto, Mikey) and some are bound to…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-20-2018

[QUOTE=Steven Mccowan;19123276]Yeah its the reality. However we are the reality. And if we as individuals demand better and dont repeat things and dont believe reality happens to us instead of understanding we are a part of making reality, then we…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 09-20-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19122080]I feel you! However, the reality is, especially in America, there are choices, and there are consequences! DEMS vs. GOP! FOX vs. ESPN. PBC vs. TR vs. GBP! CNN vs. FOX! HBO vs. SHO! I love Crawford, and I sincerely…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-20-2018

[QUOTE=Steven Mccowan;19122014]Them folks have just decided not to fight spence at times because spence had no name and no build up. Not sure if i ever heard all them,say they wouldnt fight spence and if they did im,sure it was…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 09-20-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19121760]So when people refuse to fight Crawford, it's their fault, but when people like DSG, Porter, and Thurman, refuse to fight Spence, it's his fault? Definition of a double standard! You're wack for that![/QUOTE] Them folks have just decided not…

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