Terence Crawford hints Kell Brook fight might be his last with Bob Arum’s Top Rank

The Nebraskan is cut adrift in the promotional battle at 147 with his main rivals tied to the PBC

Jack Rathborn
Friday 13 November 2020 13:36
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Crawford could leave Top Rank in pursuit of bigger fights
Crawford could leave Top Rank in pursuit of bigger fights

Terence Crawford has hinted at a possible departure from Top Rank in pursuit of the biggest fights in his division.

The American is fighting Briton Kell Brook on Saturday on Premier Sports and will defend his WBO world welterweight title, but his main rivals are tied to rival promoter PBC.

Potential options should Crawford emerge victorious against the Sheffield fighter and subsequently join the PBC would include fellow pound-for-pound star Errol Spence Jr, Danny Garcia and legendary Filipino Manny Pacquiao.

Brook lost by stoppage to Spence Jr in 2017, meaning Crawford will be expected to win in similar circumstances.

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“I don’t know,” Crawford told Boxing Scene when asked whether this would be his last fight with Bob Arum’s promotional outfit. “I don’t know. You know, we shall see.”

Crawford did reveal that one of those mega fights against a PBC fighter, Pacquiao, almost materialised, but the Covid-19 pandemic prevented it from happening.

“I thought the Pacquiao fight actually was gonna happen,” Crawford added. “That’s the fight we was really in conversations [about]. We was in deep negotiations, and that fight fell through. So, we had to go to the next option.

“You know, the pandemic was one of them. Then they thought the fans were gonna be allowed to travel and attend a fight in the Middle East.

“They put a halt to that and basically said they wanted to wait until the beginning of the year because in the United States numbers was spiking up again. So, they really didn’t wanna too much take a chance on it. So, that was the main reason, the fans.”

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