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Bob Arum looking to make Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter in 2020

Arum says he’s going to have a talk with Al Haymon about matching up their welterweights.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

With Terence Crawford in need of an opponent that will really capture the attention of fans, his promoter Bob Arum talks with Fight Hub TV about working to get him in against PBC fighters and how he’ll try to match Terence Crawford up with Shawn Porter in 2020.

On Crawford asserting that there’s no ‘wrong side of the street’ and that any fight can be made if both fighters want it:

“That is absolutely correct. When we had a meeting with Al (Haymon) on this fight, Fury and Wilder, I threw out the fact — this was before the accident — let’s also discuss Terence and Errol Spence, and he said ‘fine, that’s a good fight for next year,’ meaning 2020. And then Errol Spence had that accident and he’s not, I think, gonna be around for a while.

“So when you look at who Al has in the welterweight, the only one of interest that people would — for me, I learned one thing, that a fight really doesn’t sell unless it’s close to 50/50. The guys who will tell you if a fight will sell are the bookmakers. If they make a fight 50/50, 6/5, 7/5, then you know you got something...

“Now I think Porter and Crawford will be in that margin, 8/5 or something like that. So that would be an interesting fight. Danny Garcia with Terence Crawford is about a 5/1 fight, so that’s not as interesting to me as a Porter fight.”

On if he thinks a Crawford-Porter fight can happen in the coming year:

“I’m gonna talk to Al about that. I think at first, they’re very good friends, so they were talking about not fighting each other. Now apparently they’re talking about they would fight each other. So now we’ll see if we can make that match.”

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