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Bob Arum: Al Haymon has serious doubts that Errol Spence beats Terence Crawford

The Top Rank promoter explains why he thinks Spence-Crawford isn’t happening.

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

In this video interview with Fight Hub TV, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum gets asked what’s it going to take for Terence Crawford and Errol Spence to fight, especially considering that we’ve seen different promoters put their guys together recently:

“We’ve always been open...For Haymon it was a win-win for Andy Ruiz to go over and do that fight on DAZN because Andy Ruiz was not a marquee guy on PBC. So it was a win-win for him. The question of whether he takes a marquee guy, which Spence certainly is, puts him in with Crawford — even though his network and ESPN would share the PPV distribution — that’s another thing because there question is, he takes a marquee guy who’s in danger of losing. And then he hurts himself.

“So the fact that he is reluctant to make the Spence-Crawford fight indicates to me that he has serious doubts about his guy winning the fight. We wanna do the fight because we think that Terence Crawford is the best welterweight in the world, and will beat Spence, and we’re prepared to do that fight on a 50/50 basis. The fact that Haymon hasn’t really jumped at that and is having difficulty with Spence, because he can’t pay him the right kind of money to fight other guys like Porter and so on, ‘cause it’s not there, indicates to me that he doesn’t have enough confidence in Spence beating Crawford to do that fight. It’s as simple as that!”

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