Crawford: Can't Put Gun To Their Head To Make Spence Fight

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – The name Errol Spence Jr. wasn’t mentioned during the final press conference Wednesday for the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan fight.

It wasn’t exactly necessary, either. Crawford was asked by moderator Crystina Poncher about “another guy that really wants to unify [welterweight] titles with you,” which everyone in attendance understood meant was Spence.

Crawford contended he can’t stress out about when he and Spence finally will share a boxing ring. The three-division champion from Omaha, Nebraska, allowed an inability to land what would’ve been a lucrative fight against Manny Pacquiao to bother him once upon a time.

He isn’t about to make that mistake twice.

“Man, listen, I can put pressure, I can put a gun to their head, but still ain’t gonna make them make the fight happen,” Crawford said on a stage at Madison Square Garden. “They’re gonna make the fight happen when they want it to happen. I put pressure on them for years with the Pacquiao fight, and the Pacquiao fight never happened. So, it’s not my job to worry about that. I just have to keep fighting the fights that they put in front of me, and feed my family.”


Bob Arum, Crawford’s promoter, has publicly promised to reach out to Al Haymon, Spence’s adviser, on Monday, assuming Crawford defeats Khan on Saturday night at The Garden. Crawford, 31, is a 16-1 favorite to beat Khan (33-4, 20 KOs), of Bolton, England, in their 12-round fight for Crawford’s WBO welterweight title.

If a long-building bout between Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) and Spence (25-0, 21 KOs), the IBF welterweight champ, is to happen, Arum and Haymon will have to work together on a joint pay-per-view venture. Arum’s company, Top Rank Inc., has a content agreement with ESPN, whereas Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions is contractually committed to FOX and Showtime.

Crawford-Khan will headline a four-fight ESPN Pay-Per-View telecast scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT ($69.95 in HD).

Khan is a huge underdog, but Crawford offered a reminder Wednesday that he could’ve fought Luis Collazo on Saturday night. Crawford nixed Top Rank’s offer to box Brooklyn’s Collazo (39-7, 20 KOs), a former WBA welterweight champ Khan defeated easily in May 2014, because he wanted a more challenging opponent.

“I just want people to respect me for my talent and the skills that I have,” Crawford said, “and the willingness to go in there and fight anybody and everybody that’s available.”

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 Jubei on 04-19-2019

The Cancer of boxing, Al Haymon/PBC keeps preventing fights from happening. Kovalev vs Stevenson, GGG vs Quillin, AJ vs Wilder, Lomachenko vs Tank Davis, Crawford vs Spence, now Luis or Kownacki vs AJ. It keeps happening yet some weird corporate…

Comment by ThatDude44 on 04-19-2019

[QUOTE=mrlopez;19668997][B]Porter is wack af, got a gift win vs ugas. Garcia doesnt DESERVE to be in any championship fight in the near future, period! Oldas.s Pac, if he get past Thruman is the only fight I'd want to see vs…

Comment by methodcal on 04-18-2019

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;19668801]He is. They and them is Top Rank. That is who kept him from fighting Manny.[/QUOTE] I hate when people with pure common sense start ranting around comments like this Already knowing the hurdles making this fight at this time....sighs.…

Comment by Hatesrats on 04-18-2019

99% convinced Crawford/Spence NEVER happens when it matters. (2019-2020) (Besides... How long can Spence really remain @147lbs?) Easily 3+ years away from a fight. (Unless BoB kicks the bucket)

Comment by Real King Kong on 04-18-2019

can't put a gun to my head to buy your shi*ty ppv either.

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