Crawford responds to Spence purse-split suggestion
WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28ko) is having one heck of a week. First, it was the fans questioning his fourth-round destruction of well-past-his-prime Kell Brook (39-3, 27ko). Then legendary promoter Bob Arum had some not-so-flattering remarks of arguably the top pound for pound boxer’s future under the Top Rank banner. Furthermore, he made it clear that business would be the reason for him taking his talents elsewhere.
The entire boxing community instantly felt that “Bud” was referring to crossing the street over to Premier Boxing Champion. The move would be in pursuit of a huge payday fight with unified champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (26-0, 21ko).
THE PATH TO SPENCE NOT SO EASY!!!
Now, it is worth mentioning that Crawford is still under contract with Top Rank deep into 2021, and the way things look, a fight with the Texas unified champion probably will not be anytime soon. Moreover, Spence will have to be successful in his title defense against two-divisional champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-2, 21ko).
Next up would be a possible mega-fight against WBA champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39ko), and for sure a mandatory challenger will be thrown in the mix. If not, a rematch against former two-time champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17ko) is also in play.
THE FIGHT MAY NOT HAPPEN
Okay, here is where things start to get very alarming.
The biggest hurdle in making a fight of this magnitude is the purse split, and this is where Spence used his divisional rival’s own promoter’s words of the WBO champion being a financial burden to his advantage. The Truth laid claim to being the A-side by stating a split of 60/40 in his favor is fair.
Normally, all things considered, that is a good deal. The Nebraska champion has more accolades, being a three-divisional champion and a former undisputed junior welterweight. However, Bud was not feeling that answer and took to social with a resounding response.
Of course, we all know what happened next. Fans jumped on that like a shark smelling blood in the water. Yet, never backing down to anyone or anything, the WBO champion doubled down.
By: Garrison Bland