PBC Exec: Arum Desperate, Great Fights Ahead Like Crawford-Khan

As previously reported by, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum - who promotes WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford - lashed out at Al Haymon - the head of Premier Boxing Champions.

Arum claims that Haymon is doing everything possible to prevent a unification between Crawford and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence.

Crawford, through his deal with Top Rank, is contractually tied to ESPN.


While Spence, through his deal with PBC, is featured on Fox Sports and Showtime.

According to Arum, Spence wants to face Crawford - but the veteran promoter expects Haymon to persuade Spence to fight someone else.

“No, because you can hear what he’s gonna say. "He's gonna say, ‘Spence, listen to me. Don’t listen to the white guys, because if you listen to the white guys they’re gonna steer you down the road. Listen to me, brother. We’re part of a brotherhood. And if I tell you not to fight Crawford, I’m telling you not to fight Crawford.’ That’s exactly what he will say," Arum said in an earlier piece on BoxingScene.

Spence and Haymon hold a significant advantage.

Most of the top welterweights are under contract with PBC - like Manny Pacquiao, WBC champion Shawn Porter, WBA champion Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, the comebacking Marcos Maidana and several others.

On the other side, Crawford's options are extremely thin.

And Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for PBC, is not surprised that Arum lashed out at Haymon.

Smith realizes that Arum is under pressure to deliver a big fight for Crawford, and the most likely future opponents are Top Rank promoted boxers like Egis Kavaliauskas and Alexander Besputin - both unknown to most casual fans.

“There are more great fights ahead of Terence Crawford like the one he had against Amir Khan without pulling Errol Spence into the picture, just as there are several great fights against champions [for Spence]," Smith said to The Los Angeles Times.

“We’ll let Arum handle Top Rank and Crawford business while we attend to Errol Spence and Premier Boxing Champions business -- truly exciting times in boxing and the welterweight division.

“The whole thing reeks of desperation [from Arum]. It’s embarrassing, really. These fights happen when the time is right.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrlopez on 04-23-2019

Pbc should be ashamed of this exec. Not wanting to make fights is basically what they are doing.

Comment by MastaBlasta on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=Bjl12;19683885]That's the problem. Arum, Crawford tell us there are NO negotiations. They contacted Danny and Angel...complete ghosts. No counter-offer, no nothing. Errald is on record saying he wont fight Terrence BECAUSE hes not PBC. And people like you defend this…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 04-23-2019

From reading that article, the PBC side is happy to not make the big fight. That's what boxing is all about these days. Arum is desperate, he is calling for us to make a huge fight. Shame on him.......

Comment by Bjl12 on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=MastaBlasta;19683703]1) I don't name-call for the most part. 2)Has nothing to do with black or Jew ... Arum has done this since the late 60's/early 70's and HE's gonna complain about it? Sorry but, NO! You don't get to complain…

Comment by MastaBlasta on 04-23-2019

[QUOTE=factsarenice;19681736]Haymon either is, or soon will be playing the race card because it's smart and it's his best play. He needs to hang on to his fighters without actually giving them the money because he can't, showtime won't pay for…

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