The break between Terence crawford and its promoter Top rank, from Bob arum, could be very close, because the relationship between the two has been strained due to the impossibility of the promoter to get big fights for Crawford.
The portal The Athletic published this Friday a report written by Mike coppinger in which he chronicles how the relationship has deteriorated. This has gotten to the point where the attorney for Crawford sent a letter expressing the fighter’s displeasure.
The letter that foreshadows the rupture between Terence Crawford and Top Rank
Coppinger reports that last September 7, Todd kinney, lawyer of Crawford sent a letter the president of Top rank, Todd duBoef.
In the letter, the lawyer reports that Terence crawford He is “as frustrated today as I have never seen him before” due to the ups and downs of his relationship with Top rank. And this is because it has been “more than. frustrating for Terence and his team that TR he has failed to give him a big money fight ”.
At the time, Top rank promised to Crawford a fight with Manny pacquiao, which he could not specify either.
“TR has been putting her in a fight with Pacquiao for several years, “wrote the lawyer in his letter. “It got to the point where both Terence as BoMac (handler of Crawford), they stopped taking seriously TR on that subject. And, of course, as in all previous occasions, this supposed opportunity vanished and we returned to the starting box with Kell brook (as a rival) ”.
The failed fight between Crawford and Manny Pacquiao
During last summer Top rank managed to close an agreement so that Terence crawford will fight with Manny pacquiao in Qatar. According to the report of Coppinger, They had already agreed on the bags, but finally the Qatari health authorities regretted making the fight for the Covid-19 programming. It was then that Kell brook as a rival for Terence crawford.
In the letter sent by the attorney for Crawford to Top rank, also expresses his frustration that there is no clear possibility that “a big fight is on the horizon.” He added that almost everyone in the industry “agrees that it is laughable that TR I have not yet given to Terence a big fight ”.
The contract of Terence crawford with Top rank would expire in October 2021, as revealed Coppinger, citing anonymous sources. And so much, Crawford as Bob arum, owner of Top rankhave already said that the contract may not be renewed.
Top Rank explored a Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford ESPN PPV fight in Qatar this month that eventually fell apart. Pacquiao agreed to $ 23.5 million guaranteed, sources tell The Athletic. All the details: https: //t.co/2gOuAoCjm6
– Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) November 13, 2020
The promotional sabotage that Terence Crawford applied to Top Rank
The disgust of Terence crawford with Top rank would have led the fighter to sabotage the company’s promotional plans. The promoter had planned to take advantage of the fight between Lomachenko Y Teofimo Lopez to announce the fight between Crawford Y Kell brook, but Crawford intentionally delayed the signing and delivery of the contract. In this way, a good opportunity to promote his fight with Kell brook. All this, according to the report of Mike Coppinger.
Much of the problem, according to this report, is that most of the major welterweight Errol spence, Manny pacquiao, Shawn porter, Keith thurman Y Danny Garcia they are with the promoter PBC, from Al haymon. The relationships between Bob arum Y Al haymon are cold, and has and a reluctance to fight together, which would have affected the interests of Terence crawford.
Top Rank’s arguments
Top rank has defended himself by saying that they have tried to get big fights for Terence crawford, but that rivals are those who have not accepted.
“It offends me when someone says that we have not tried to make meaningful fights,” he said. Todd duBoef, President of Top rank to The Athletic. “As if we were sabotaging his career? That is rubbish. We made offers to Porter, to Danny Garcia, we asked Al haymon on Spence; we made him an offer for the fight with Pacquiao. Another thing would be if we did not make offers, or if we did not try to make the fight. It is a different dynamic. We can try a lot; but it takes two to make a fight.
Just a couple of days ago, Terence crawford expressed the possibility of leaving Top rank when your contract ends.
“It’s about business, that’s what happens,” he declared. Crawford to Brian custer on the podcast Last Stand. “I probably have a few months left on my contract. A few months is not that long ”.