Stephen Espinoza Speaks On Failed Spence v Crawford Negotiations
Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza spoke on the failed undisputed welterweight showdown between unified champion Errol “The Truth” Spence (28-0, 22KO) and WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (38-0, 29KO). Furthermore, he stated the dragging on was due to the slow responses from Bud after each offer.
The boxing community is still dealing with the fallout of the undisputed showdown not happening. In addition, the boxing community learned that Bud had a fight set up with fringe contender David Avanesyan. This hit the news cycle the same day the boxing world found out the possible November showdown was no longer a go.
ESPINOZA BACKS ERROL SPENCE’S CLAIMS OF CRAWFORD STALLING
Spence first broke the frustrating news by taking to social media to claim that Crawford had been stalling. During an interview with Fight Hub TV, Espinoza made the same claim.
“I don’t want to get into pointing fingers and enflame things. But, I think if you ask this side, I think a lot of the dragging on was due to Terence’s own asks.”
“The timetable in which he was responding, it seemed a lot of time would go by after each offer, and there was just a stubbornness that dug in on certain points that we thought shouldn’t have been insurmountable.”
Espinoza admitted that now that everyone knows what the issues are, they should be able to make something happen. Moreover, he is not interested in another long negotiation process.
“If we’re going to jump back to it, let’s jump back into it and get it down quickly.”
By: Bo Bland