Bob Arum Thinks Terence Crawford Beats Errol Spence Just How He Defeated Kell Brook!
Heading into his ESPN main event fight, few gave Kell “Special K” Brook (39-3, 27 KO’s) a shot at winning. For most it was just seeing how WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KO’s) was going to beat him. It turns out the champ would prevail by way of a fourth round TKO.
Crawford began the bout in his typical slow fashion, yet by the third round things were definitely heating up. In the fourth, a sharp right hand ushered in the beginning of the end for Special K. The blow sent him reeling into the ropes where he received an eight count. Once the action resumed Crawford swarmed Brook and forced referee Tony Weeks to jump in and save him from further punishment.
CRAWFORD BEATS SPENCE IN FOUR!
Of his three loses, this was by far the quickest and the most dominant. While he absorbed far more punishment in those other two, Brook definitely had his shining moments. This was not the case here. Once Crawford clicked into gear, he devastated the UK former champion in brutal fashion.
Clearly, the stoppage was impressive to Bud’s promoter, Bob Arum. During a post-fight interview, Arum expressed his belief that Crawford would finish unified world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) just as quickly! The boxing world has ached for a Crawford v Spence showdown since Bud entered the division two years ago.
“Errol Spence will try to avoid Terence Crawford as long as he can because he knows that he can’t beat Terence Crawford! You saw the performance tonight. He’ll take out Errol Spence in about the same number of rounds like he took out Kell Brook!”
WILL BUT GET SPENCE NEXT?
Sure, Crawford did defeat Brook in marvelous fashion. There is no denying that. No one has been able to hurt Special K with a head shot and take him out so cleanly. The first time Brook lost it was to current IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO’s). Special K then dropped his second professional loss to none other than Spence. In both losses though, it was Brook’s body that failed him in the form of broken eye sockets.
Yet even while bearing this in mind, it’s highly unlikey that Crawford would dispatch of Spence so easily or quickly. Obviously, Brook has those wars on his resume and is far from the prime of his career. Therefore, Arum should be viewed simply as a promoter trying to build up interest in the fight. Although, it will be interesting, and telling, to see how Spence responds to the stoppage and Arum’s comments.
The boxing world shouldn’t hold their breath and wait on some grand retort. Very similar to Bud, Spence is an extremely laidback, low-key person who does not give into theatrics. Not only this, he has his own prizefight with Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-2, 21 KO’s) rapidly approaching.
With that being the case, the unified champion will likely not say much of anything at all.
By: Bakari Simpson