Bob Arum: I think the best fight for Terence Crawford will be Josh Taylor

LAS VEGAS – All anyone wanted to ask Bob Arum about right after Terence Crawford’s 10th round technical knockout of Shawn Porter was the possibility of Crawford and Errol Spence Jr eventually fighting.

It was just minutes before Crawford said he would no longer be doing his advertising partnership with Arum’s Top Rank Inc. because their multi-match contract has expired. However, Arum sees another bout with Crawford-Spence as a better chance for Crawford – one against undisputed welterweight champion Josh Taylor will take place at a stadium somewhere in the United States. UK in spring.

“I think it’s more [lucrative] because of the UK factor,” Arum told a small group of reporters. “You have to understand, Taylor is huge in England, so is Crawford. We can do 70,000 seats and can do a million and a half, two million pay-per-view [buys]. And set it to an hour where we can still pay per view here in the US. So I haven’t written it out completely yet, but I think the most lucrative fight for Terence will be Josh Taylor. ”

Scotland’s Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) was promoted by Top Rank, which would require Crawford to work with Arum’s company in some capacity if he were to take on Taylor. The highly favored 30-year-old Taylor won her mandatory WBO title defense against England’s Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs), which was rescheduled for February 26 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow due to injury knee that Taylor encountered while training for a bout on December 18.

34-year-old Crawford (38-0.29 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is interested in fighting the next Taylor if the southern Scottish breed conquers Catterall. Although Crawford reiterated that he doesn’t “need” to fight Spence, another welterweight champion, he’ll clearly entertain the negotiations so they end up fighting.

Arum admits that Crawford-Spence is a hottie, but clearly for the sake of his company, he hopes Crawford chooses Taylor. Left-handed Taylor will have to go from a base weight limit of 140 pounds to a maximum of 147 pounds to challenge Crawford.

“The fight I want to see is Terence and Josh Taylor,” Arum said. “Two of the fighters, one current and one former, are undisputed in their weight classes.”

Crawford was boxing’s first undisputed junior welterweight champion. He gave up the 140-pound IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO belts that Taylor owned to jump to the Korean weight division in early 2018.

The three-division champion has five times defended his WBO welterweight belt, which he won by stopping Australia’s Jeff Horn in the ninth round during their June 2018 match at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena. .

Keith Idec is a writer/senior columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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