Bob Arum loves to exaggerate, like any fight promoter does, and the latest bit to come from his official and verified Twitter account — look, I’m sorry, I just can’t picture 87-year-old Bob Arum actually doing the tweeting himself — has thrown out a whopper of a statement about WBO welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford.
Congrats to Terence “Bud” Crawford on another spectacular victory. There is no question that Bud is the best welterweight in the world and the rightful successor to Sugar Ray Leonard.— Bob Arum (@BobArum) April 22, 2019
“Spectacular victory” is one way of putting it for a fight that ended with Crawford punching Amir Khan in the thigh and Khan quitting (he says he didn’t), leaving Madison Square Garden booing vociferously, with Arum trying to shout about Al Haymon and turn the attention away from the unsatisfying end of the $70 pay-per-view event.
But OK, the other part. The Sugar Ray Leonard part. If you think this is Arum skipping over every other “top welterweight” since Leonard and saying that Crawford is better than Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, he probably is, yes. Boxing promoters play a game of “latest is greatest” a lot of the time, so it is what it is.
But keep in mind this is also the guy who promised — PROMISED — that Crawford-Khan was going to be an all-time classic. So ... y’know.
Last Saturday night, the boxing public saw the two fastest rising stars in the sport with the performances of Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez. The best is yet to come.— Bob Arum (@BobArum) April 22, 2019
Nothing said about Felix Verdejo. Nobody ever mentions poor Felix Verdejo anymore.