Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Arum: Terence Crawford is on The Level of Sugar Ray Leonard

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is leading his company with two key fighters in the current era - Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) and Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs).

Lomachenko was in action last month, when he captured his third division world title with a tenth round TKO of Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“The stars aligned,” Arum said to the Las Vegas Review Journal. “It’s one thing to have the best fighter in the world, but to have the two best fighters in the world is really a blessing.”

crawford-diaz-fight (21)

Arum has often compared Lomachenko to legendary heavyweight Muhammad Ali - and he also feels the talented Crawford is also on the level of Sugar Ray Leonard.

“He’s a throwback to Sugar Ray Leonard, that’s the fighter I compare him with,” Arum said. “Is he better than what Leonard was? That’s hard to say, but certainly he’s on that level. He’s just absolutely been spectacular.”

And Arum is equally as high on Crawford, who captured a world title at lightweight, unified the entire junior welterweight division and is now going for his third world title at 147-pounds.

On June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Crawford will challenge Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title.

Crawford is not the biggest trash talker, but he backs up his talk in the ring with very dominant results.

“I want Crawford to be Crawford,” Arum said. “I don’t want him to be anything he’s not comfortable with. A lot of these guys for years tried to be Muhammad Ali out of the ring with their mouths, but there was only one Muhammad Ali.

“You gotta let these kids develop their own personality. Crawford is ready for the ride of his life, starting with the Horn fight because he’s becoming the poster boy of ESPN."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by NachoMan on 06-03-2018

[QUOTE=MarB;18827340]here is where i agree with you that at 147 he has a chance to prove hes as great at SRL he has time to get there sure but he isnt there yet. SRL had better footwork and handspeed, he…

Comment by jas on 06-03-2018

Mikey garcia , a guy who arum did wrong and stalled his career, recommended crawford to manager cameron dunkin because they had fought in the amateurs, then dunkin got crawford with top rank And arums out here making absurd comparisons.…

Comment by MarB on 06-03-2018

[QUOTE=NachoMan;18827317]I don't think so. If you've watched him fight, there is plenty to show that Bud's skills and athleticism are on the level of both Mayweather and SRL. I don't say that lightly, as I have always been a huge…

Comment by NachoMan on 06-03-2018

[QUOTE=MarB;18825633]smh Arum lost his damn mind. Bud Crawford is nowhere near close to mayweather let alone the Legend Sugar Ray.....damn sucker done lost his mind with this statement[/QUOTE] I don't think so. If you've watched him fight, there is plenty…

Comment by Scopedog on 06-03-2018

I like Crawford but this is a ridiculous claim. Crawford has fought 32 times in the space of 9 years so far, and his best wins are probably Indongo, Postol, Burns and Gamboa. That's not awful or anything, at least…

Top Headlines
Fury Trainer Steward: Davison Was Supposed To Be Part of Team Josh Taylor vs. Khonsong: Sampson Boxing Outbids Top Rank Alexis Rocha- Brad Solomon Added To Garcia-Fonseca Card Kell Brook: My Dream Fight? An Errol Spence Rematch! Anthony Fowler Joins Shane McGuigan After Coldwell Split Teixeira vs. Castano: WBO Orders Purse Bid, Jan. 29 In Miami Jason Quigley Calls Out Jaime Munguia For Next Fight Ryan Garcia: I Was Fragile Back In the Day, Now I'm Physically Stronger Fury: Andy Ruiz Should Train With Me If He Wants Titles Back Parker's Trainer Breaks Down The Wilder vs. Fury Rematch Chantelle Cameron Eyes Katie Taylor, Jessica McCaskill in 2020 Jumah Mandatory For Riakporhe After Hyde Win In Wythenshawe Scott Quigg Returns To Trainer Joe Gallagher Ahead Of Carroll Clash Hurd: No Matter What Anybody Says, I Have Best Resume At 154 Whyte vs. Andy Ruiz in Serious Talks, But Povetkin is Frontrunner Joseph Parker vs. Mariusz Wach in Play For Garcia-Vargas Card Marcos Maidana Finds New Motivation For Comeback in 2020 Jason Quigley Puts Away Fernando Marin in Three Rounds Ferdinand Kerobyan Blasts Out Azael Cosio in Two Quigley-Marin on DAZN - LIVE Results From Costa Mesa Danny Garcia: I'd Like To Have 3-4 Fights Per Year - It's Not That Easy Daniel Roman Sees Flaws That He Can Expose in Akhmadaliev Hearn Expects To Finalize Joshua-Pulev in Coming Weeks Ramirez-Postol Title Fight Postponed Due To Wuhan Virus Outbreak Stephen Fulton, Arnold Khegai - Face To Face, Final Presser Jarrett Hurd, Francisco Santana - Face To Face, Final Presser Wilder-Fury Rematch - Full Schedule of Extensive Programming Danny Garcia, Ivan Redkach - Face To Face, Final Presser Shane McGuigan Explains Shock at Josh Taylor's Jump To Top Rank Demetrius Andrade Inks Four Fight Extension With Eddie Hearn Andrew Cancio Expected To Make Top Rank Debut in April Fury: WWE Picked Me Over Wilder Because I'm Entertaining Joshua vs. Wilder-Fury Winner is Being Pursued By Saudi Arabia Scott Quigg, Jono Carroll - Tense Face To Face at Presser Kal Yafai: Chocolatito is Someone I Idolized, He's a Massive Name Paul, Gib Featured On '40 Days' Ahead of DAZN Super Bowl Card Hurd: I Don't Want 'Fights Of The Year;' I Want One-Sided Fights Fury: When I Beat Wilder, Will Be Just Another Tick On My Record Parker's Trainer Believes Joshua Will Beat Pulev With Explosive KO Spike O'Sullivan Promised 154 Title Shot By Golden Boy
Latest Forum Threads