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Horn's Promoter: Top Rank Created Crawford's Bullsh*t Injury!

Jeff Horn's promoter alleges Bob Arum's Top Rank boxing concocted a "fake injury" to delay his fight with Terence Crawford so it could be broadcast on a new ESPN streaming app.

Duco Events boss Dean Lonergan says he's convinced Crawford's supposed right hand injury, which forced the WBO welterweight championship bout to be pushed back from April 14 to June 9, never actually happened.

The change in dates will cost Duco Events and Horn a combined $1 million in pay-per-view income, with Foxtel's Main Event channel already committed to screening Australian UFC star Robert Whittaker's title defence on the same day.

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"This has been brought about by what I consider to be a fake injury, to be bluntly honest," Lonergan told AAP.

"I've requested that Top Rank send through the medical certificates to prove that Crawford had an injury and we were told in no uncertain terms they wouldn't be forthcoming.

"So I've got no doubts that they're bullsh-tting us."

Crawford reportedly injured his hand during sparring last month but Arum said he did not tear any ligaments or break any bones.

The timing was curious, given plans to have Manny Pacquiao fight on the same card had fallen over.

Horn and Crawford have low profiles in the US and without Pacquiao's pulling power, their bout would have been a difficult sell on pay-per-view.

Reports indicate it will now be shown exclusively on the new direct-to-consumer ESPN+ app in the US.

Lonergan said Top Rank had shown "zero respect" to his company and to Horn by ignoring their concerns around pay-per-view in Australia, with his pleas to change the date falling on deaf ears.

"I think the reason why the fight was delayed (was because) Top Rank had done zero promotion on the fight and hadn't formalised the agreement with ESPN," Lonergan said.

"I would have been just as happy if they'd have said, 'look, we're not ready to go, let's delay it by a month or two'.

"But you would have thought they would be considering their partners before they go and make unilateral decisions.

"Yes it has been frustrating, and yes, it is pissing me off no end."

Lonergan said all broadcast options were on the table in Australia, including a possible free-to-air deal.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BLASTER1 on 04-03-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18634384]Horn should pull out of the fight and sue Top Rank and Crawford for perpetuating a fraud that has cost Horn 1 million dollars. Every time these boxers let these protected star boxers cheat them with no repercussions, the…

Comment by theDUD3 on 04-03-2018

The only real injury was the ticket sales when Manny decided not to fight in the undercard.

Comment by Boxing Logic on 04-02-2018

Horn should pull out of the fight and sue Top Rank and Crawford for perpetuating a fraud that has cost Horn 1 million dollars. Every time these boxers let these protected star boxers cheat them with no repercussions, the sport…

Comment by Jerzz on 04-02-2018

[QUOTE=jdn;18632688]Agreed with above posts. Horn should fake an injury himself.[/QUOTE] Very clever, then they could choose a new date not conflicting with Australian PPV. The chances of Horn losing his belt is high so he had to make money with…

Comment by Jdboxer on 04-02-2018

Horn wouldn't fake an injury, he wants the fight! Has done since last year. Don't poke the hornets nest zzzzz

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