Arum: Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence is a Big PPV Fight!

By Miguel Rivera

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is already mapping out the welterweight future of former undisputed junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs).

Back in August, Crawford knocked out Julius Indongo in three rounds to unify the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO junior welterweight titles.

Since then, Crawford has vacated the WBO and IBF titles - and officially announced his intention to invade the welterweight division. He will be vacating the WBC and WBA title shortly.


The first order of business for Crawford will be WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), who defends his title next month against Gary Corcoran of the UK.

The World Boxing Organization recently named Crawford as the mandatory challenger to Horn. Top Rank has several fight options on Horn and wants to bring him to the United States to face Crawford in the first quarter of 2018.

If Crawford defeats Horn, then Arum has a lot of options for the undefeated fighter. Since the back to back defeats of Roman Gonzalez, many experts are viewing Crawford as the new pound-for-pound king.

Beyond Horn, Arum plans to hook up with adviser Al Haymon to match up his stable of fighters against Crawford - including names like former champion Danny Garcia, WBC/WBA champion Keith Thurman, and what Arum views as the biggest name of the bunch - IBF champion Errol Spence.

Spence is viewed as the biggest threat in the entire division, with a recent destruction of Kell Brook to win the title back in May. Spence will return to the ring in January to fight Lamont Peterson.

"I think Crawford is an enormous talent. I know that if he wins the welterweight title I am going to look to match him with him a number of fighters that are managed by Al Haymon, like Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and a huge fight would be one with Spence. That would be a big pay-per-view fight," Arum told ESPN Deportes.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BennyBlanco on 11-30-2017

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;18176629]Thurman -Spence is bigger? Maybe at the moment but once Crawford settles into 147, spence-Crawford will be much bigger. Thurman’s days as a champ is numbered.[/QUOTE] Casuals have no idea who Crawford is. I was at Thurman-Garcia at in Brooklyn…

Comment by BennyBlanco on 11-30-2017

What a joke. Crawford did 47K buys in his first PPV attempt. I don't want to hear him mentioned in the same sentence with PPV ever again.

Comment by chrisJS on 11-30-2017

This is one fight where it's probably worth marinating for a year or so to make sure it's a biggie. Crawford has a great hometown following and his fans travel (he drew well enough in MGM Grand and in MSG),…

Comment by PapaBricks on 11-30-2017

[QUOTE=TravisPythagora;18178494]fight for roughly $2.5million vs Crawford making the same or Errol Spence fight Lamont Peterson for $3.5million $2million for Keith Thurman to fight Danny Garcia or $2million to fight Terence 'Bud' Crawford who's ducking who?[/QUOTE] Huh?! I have no idea…

Comment by john l on 11-02-2017

[QUOTE=TravisPythagora;18178505]The television networks share as much blame putting them all on cable (ESPN), then premium cable (HBO, SHO), and then PPV[/QUOTE] That was promoters too more then networks.Promoters and alph bit boys have done their very best to wreck this…

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