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Top Rank Prez Discusses New Contract With Terence Crawford

By Steve Kim

Top Rank has announced a new multi-year deal with WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. The former undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world has been with the company since 2011.

Todd duBoef, the president of Top Rank, told BoxingScene.com in a recent interview - "It's very important because he's arguably the best fighter in the world and he's young and he's in his prime and we thought it was important in our relationship and all the opportunities to be the poster boy for this new campaign."

Last year, Top Rank entered into a partnership with ESPN to televise their cards and promote the sport on their various platforms. duBoef added - "We felt that Terence's established stature in the sport is so significant it was important for us to collectively put something together that would help catapult this even further. That he's not just a boxing star but a sports star. That was our objective and we're both completely aligned in that, both he and his team and all of us."

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Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs), who defeated Jeff Horn in nine rounds on June 9th, will be returning to the ring on October 13th on ESPN.

A deal has been finalized for Crawford to make the first defense of his title against undefeated Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs) on the upcoming date. Jose is the older brother of WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez.

Under this new deal Crawford - "can fight as many times as he wants and we'll fight anybody. So we're not going to play teams or affiliations. This is all about working with everybody and making the best  fights for the biggest guys out there, making the sport bigger."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by killakali on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;19080184]Honestly, not sure; the Haymon guys that went over to fight Crawford at 140 seemed to get around $500k for the trip. Still, with Crawford now on an apparent $3m a fight, even if he gets fighters at 147 to…

Comment by killakali on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19080659]Yea I wouldn't disagree with any of this outside of maybe how highly a ranked guy he could get with a 500k carrot. If Bud is to get one of these career defining fights with Spence or Thurman or…

Comment by killakali on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=bballchump11;19080052]Like when Spence went to the UK to fight Brook or when Wilder went to Russia to fight Povetkin?[/QUOTE]u mean when Spence went to the UK to fight on Haymon’s channel Showtime in a mandatory fight to get a belt…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-08-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;19080779]Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia split a disclosed $4m for their fight on CBS. [/quote] I'd argue Bud vs Spence/Thurman/Garcia vs Porter winner should be paying both guys more than 2M. Hell if Bud is getting 3M now what sense…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 09-08-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19080659]Yea I wouldn't disagree with any of this outside of maybe how highly a ranked guy he could get with a 500k carrot. If Bud is to get one of these career defining fights with Spence or Thurman or…

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