Terence Crawford would be a sizeable favorite to beat Kell Brook if they were to fight for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title.
Bob Arum, Crawford’s promoter, still believes Brook would give the undefeated Crawford a tougher fight than the last British boxer Crawford fought.
“He’s capable of giving Terence a good fight,” Arum told BoxingScene.com. “And he won’t quit like a chicken, like the way Amir Khan quit.”
Crawford defeated Khan by sixth-round technical knockout 11 months ago at Madison Square Garden in New York. Khan came back from a first-round knockdown, but he decided not to continue in their ESPN Pay-Per-View fight after Crawford landed what was ruled by referee David Fields as an accidental low blow in the sixth round.
A domestic showdown between Sheffield’s Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) and Bolton’s Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) has been discussed for years, but Brook is more interested in challenging Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs). The three-division champion from Omaha, Nebraska, is generally regarded as one of the three best boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport, and would offer Brook an opportunity to pull off what would be a career-defining upset.
“Brook and his group were flying in to meet with me in New York, in conjunction with the March 14th Shakur Stevenson fight, because we knew Bomac and Terence would be in town,” Arum told BoxingScene.com, referring to Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s trainer and manager. “And we had hoped to have a meeting to discuss that fight at that time. Of course, that all blew up. But the Kell Brook people sort of keep in touch with me, at least to let me know they’re all alive and kicking in the weeks that followed. So, we haven’t made any plans because it’s stupid to make plans. We don’t know what the economic situation is gonna be when this is all over.”
Crawford tentatively was scheduled to return to the ring June 13, but all boxing business is on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whenever it’s sensible to resume talks with Brook’s representatives, Arum is open to bringing a Crawford-Brook bout to the United States or the United Kingdom.
“We could do it in the UK or the U.S.,” Arum said. “Terence gets great ratings for ESPN. He brings in a lot of subscribers for ESPN+. And, you know, it’s about time he fights again in Omaha, where we do sellout crowds.”
Crawford has drawn considerable crowds in excess of 10,000 for each of his five main events in his hometown and another in nearby Lincoln, Nebraska, since June 2014. He last fought in Omaha in October 2018, when Crawford stopped Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-1, 18 KOs) in the 12th round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.