Bob Arum: “If he won’t promote, who needs him?!”
While live on the ESPN broadcast, promoter Bob Arum sang the praises of WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KO’s). He boasted of how he was the best in the division. Arum even said IBF and WBC world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) was running scared. However, no matter how highly he praises him, Arum seems awful willing to let him go.
MORE TROUBLE THAN YOU’RE WORTH!!
As reported by Lance Pugmire, when asked about his feelings toward retaining Crawford in the Top Rank stable, Arum was far less optimistic.
“The question is, ‘Do we want to keep him?’ I could build a house in Beverly Hills on the money I’ve lost on him in the last three fights.”
FORK IN THE ROAD, OR SMOKE AND MIRRORS?
These are particularly harsh words considering the recent industry hubbub has it that Crawford is unsatisfied with his management. Both Bud and Arum have spoken in different interviews about the reality that Crawford may leave Top Rank.
Now, it seems that this is more likely that ever. The Nebraskan native has also been known for his overly subdued personality, and it seems Arum is at a breaking point.
It will be curious to see what comes of all these words of splitting in the coming weeks. At the present time, it’s looking like Crawford is going to jump ship. Or it all could be hype for the cameras. Time will tell and 3kingsboxing.com will report.
By: Bakari Simpson