Spence continues to say he is the A-side in a Crawford scrap
For more than two years now, the boxing world has screamed for a Spence versus Crawford showdown. Thus far, it appears that politics have needlessly complicated the bout getting signed. WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KO’s) is aligned to Top Rank. ‘Across the street,’ IBF and WBC world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s) has a home with PBC.
One of the many hurdles to be overcome finalizing this prizefight is determining who would be the A-side. Naturally, each man believes that the distinction belongs to them. And at the same time, neither has viewed the notion of a 50/50 split too fondly. So the issue remains one more frustrating piece of the puzzle to solve.
WHO’S THE MAN?!
Unsurprisingly, Spence Jr. once again chimed in on the matter. Following Bud’s domination of Kell Brook, his own promoter, Bob Arum, publicly branded him as a financial liability. After complaining about losing money on him in consecutive fights, Arum did not appear overly keen about retaining his services. So it only makes sense that the Truth, while speaking to the Athletic, uses his own promoter’s words against Crawford.
“I definitely should get the bigger share. I’m not gonna say what Bob Arum said recently, but proof is in the pudding who’s the bigger draw. He’s a great fighter, but I feel like 60/40, that’s the right price.”
ONE FIGHT COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING
Provided that he responds at all, it should be fun to see what retort that the WBO champ has toward these latest comments. Although, unless it was all bluster, Arum also let it be known that he had essentially secured a bout with WBA super world welterweight champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s). And if not for the COVID-19 pandemic, Pac Man and Bud would have already fought.
Obviously, that would have been a tremendously beneficial fight for Crawford to stage. Assuming that he won, Bud would have walked away from an undoubtedly huge promotion as a two-belt champion himself. Without question, that new development would have been a major topic at the Crawford v Spence negotiating table.
Also, it is important not to forget that Spence has an upcoming duel with Danny “Swift” Garcia (36-2, 21 KO’s). Not only is Garcia a top-notch fighter, this is the first fight back for the Truth after suffering his near tragic 2019 car accident. We have yet to see how Spence performs, let alone assume that he is going to win the contest. So while the IBF and WBC champion is in a power position at the moment, one fight can change the entire landscape.
By: Bakari Simpson