Errol Spence v Terence Crawford Undisputed Bout to Miss November 19?
Up to this point, there was hope that a welterweight undisputed showdown between unified champ Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KOs) and WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) would happen on November 19. More and more, it looks like that will not be the case.
The two agreed to terms, with Las Vegas being the expected location. As part of the agreement, Crawford relented to being the B-side, taking a less percentage of the purse split. Additionally, word on the street is that the WBO champion also wants a percentage of net revenue.
NOT A GOOD SIGN
So, what’s causing the hiccup, you may ask? According to ESPN, negotiations have bogged down. It seems that Crawford feels PBC and Al Haymon are not being fully transparent about event expenses.
The WBO champ seems to be taking the non-traditional route of not taking a set, guaranteed purse. Instead, “Bud” appears to be banking on the fact that a fight with Spence will be huge at the box office. The more money you get from the live gate and pay-per-view revenue, in theory, the more money you would be able to pull in both the short and long term.
Spence – Crawford has been talked about for years and would be for the undisputed honors at 147. In the minds of many, it would determine the top overall fighter in the sport. Arguably, it’s the top matchup in boxing and is the definition of a super-fight. If you’re a fan of The Sweet Science, you want to see it, full-stop.
Surely now, it’s unlikely to take place in November. If that is the case, organizers hope to stage the bout in either December 2022 or January 2023. All parties are still at work trying to rake through the muck. But one would guess that fans, in particular, are becoming frustrated.
Whenever it seems that there’s some finality, there’s something else that gets in the way. At this point, the public wants to see all parties come together and do whatever it takes behind the scenes. Stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for continued updates.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.