Naturally, after Terence Crawford's win over the weekend, his promoter is shifting his attention to what's next for his up-and-coming star. Talking about the next fights he'd like to make for Crawford, Bob Arum says he'd love to make a fight between his man and Adrien Broner, who is managed by rival Al Haymon.
"Oh I would love Broner," Arum said. "That is a good fight. I would do that fight in two seconds. I think that would be major â we'd certainly sell out the Forum (in Inglewood, California)."
It would be no surprise if many just chalked this up to lip service coming from Arum, knowing he has a rather contentious relationship with Haymon since his company is suing Haymon's for $100M. But Haymon didn't stand in the way of Amir Khan facing Golden Boy's Canelo Alvarez despite the ongoing legal issues between Golden Boy and himself, with Golden Boy also suing Haymon for hundreds of millions. In that sense, I'd suppose the onus is more on Adrien Broner to demand the fight be put together from his manager if he'd really like to make it happen.
But if that ends up being a no-go, which is certainly a distinct possibility, Arum has his eyes on a summer date matching Crawford against Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov, with a fall meeting against Viktor Postol as being a "back up."
"We're going to match [Crawford] as tough as we can," Arum said. "And one of the guys who's a possibility is Provodnikov and we'll see if he takes the fight and we'll go from there."
Arum admittedly loves what he has in Crawford, and although he pondered the idea of taking Crawford to PPV in the near future, he now feels that as long he can continue to get Crawford dates on premium network television, he sees no need to rush.
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