Thurman reached out to Arum for Crawford fight

Bob Arum says a representative for Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman reached out to him to see if he’s interested in seeing up a fight with WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Arum said he’s waiting to hear back from him to see if he can put the fight together.

This is the same rep that contacted Arum before about a fight between former WBA/WBC welterweight champion Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs).

Apparently, on that occasion, Thurman wanted $10 million to be the Crawford opponent, which didn’t work. Arum says he wouldn’t know where to find even half of that amount.

You can argue that Thurman might be a little spoiled from the big payday he got for his last fight against Manny Pacquiao in July 2019.

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Thurman has been trying to lure IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr into the ring, but he’s not interested in giving the needy former champion a title shot.

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‘One Time’ Thurman burned his bridges a long time ago by choosing to ignore Spence over a five-year period when he was trying to get a fight against him.

Now when the shoe is on the other foot, and Spence is the champion, he’s not going to throw a bone to the faded Thurman.

“We’re going to give him two fights this year,” said Bob Arum to Barbershop Conversations about Terence Crawford’s next fight in 2021.

“It probably can’t be [Errol] Spence for the first fight, although let’s see what happens. Give it a couple of weeks to see what happens with the pandemic, and then he’ll fight in the winter,” said Arum.

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It’s pretty farfetched that the pandemic is going to disappear in time for Arum to put together a fight between Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) and Crawford in the first half of 2021. The vaccine for COVID 19 likely won’t be available for the U.S population under 75-years-old until mid-summer.

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Arum needs to focus on finding an opponent for Crawford to stage behind closed doors inside ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Keith Thurman would be ideal for Crawford, as long as he doesn’t ask for too much.

The only way that Top Rank will support the purses for Crawford and Thurman would be to stage the fight on ESPN pay-per-view.

That’s not a good idea for this fight to put on PPV, though, as Thurman hadn’t beaten anyone good since his close 12 round majority decision victory over Danny Garcia back in 2017.

Sadly, Thurman has fought only twice in the last four years, beating Josesito Lopez in a competitive fight and losing Pacquiao.

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“Yeah,” said Arum when asked if Keith Thurman had reached out again for a fight with Crawford. “It wasn’t with Keith. It was with some representative of Keith’s.

“He’d been in touch with me before, and now he was calling me again. He said, ‘Keith would be interested in fighting Crawford,’ and I said, ‘Give me the terms that you want, and let’s see if we can do it.’

“That was a couple of days ago, and I assume I’ll hear back from him,” said Arum.

Hopefully, Arum doesn’t hold his breath, waiting for Thurman’s representative to contact him again because it might not happen. If Thurman is looking for that Manny-money to fight Crawford, he’s in for a reality check.

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Whatever Crawford’s last opponent Kell Brook, that’s probably all Thurman will be offered.

Shawn Porter spoke recently, warning Crawford to lowball him, as there were rumors that he was offered $1 million for the fight. If that’s all Porter was offered for a fight with Crawford, it suggests that Thurman won’t be getting more than that.

It would be different if Crawford were a popular pay-per-view-level fighter like Errol Spence, but he’s not. Crawford’s opposition and counter-punching, switch-hitting style of fighting has held him back and prevented him from becoming a star.

“Would you?” said Arum when asked if he attempted to talk Thurman down from his $10 million asking price the last time he attempted to set up a fight with Crawford.

“Where the hell am I going to get half of that?” said Arum about Thurman’s $10 million requests from last time.

Thurman looks like he’s trying to hustle his way into cash-out title shots rather than him putting effort into trying to work his way to a title shot like most fighters.

It’s disappointing what Thurman has done with his career, as it wasn’t long ago that he was viewed as the #1 welterweight on the planet after Floyd Mayweather Jr retired.

It’s not just the injuries that Thurman has suffered that has impacted his career negatively. It’s the money he’s made. Thurman made a lot of money in a short period of time with his fights against Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.

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That money did something to Thurman’s ambition, making him lazy and content. So instead of Thurman getting back in the ring quickly after his grueling win over Danny Garcia in 2017, he sat on his backside, talking about throwing away entire years with his need for a “get-back” year.

The hunger that Thurman had when he was coming up was completely absent and nowhere to be found.

“I don’t know what that means,” said Arum when given this quote from Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe: ‘Boxing is bigger than the fans.’ “Because boxing is without the fans, as we’re demonstrating, but it’s very, very hard to do boxing.

“So that statement, I wouldn’t subscribe to. But particularly, what saved us during this period is when we were putting fights on in ‘The Bubble,’ which we’re still going to do in February.

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“The fans saved us because we did tremendous ratings. We were up last year, 45% from the year before. So ESPN was very, very pleased and that was because of the fans, even though we didn’t get any money from the gate. The fans are all in for it,” said Arum.

Arum did many fights on ESPN during the pandemic, but he didn’t have anything that stood out. It would have been nice if Arum had set up a fight between Artur Beterbiev and Canelo Alvarez.

20 thoughts on “Thurman reached out to Arum for Crawford fight”

  1. I think they’re ruining Crawford’s career with the lack of fights, he’s a great fighter, no one’s wants to fight him, fans want the fights but the fighters don’t, and seems the promoters don’t either it’s sad, Crawford would draw in viewers if they get him good fights bc he wins and that while spill about his style of fighting not drawing in fans is crazy, the fact that he is a switch heater and fights the way he does would make it seem like more people would want to watch him fight he just needs to leave top rank he’s getting older too so it’s really sad… In my opinion.

  2. Keith Thurman showed that he’s a feather fisted fighter who gets hurt with stomach shots.
    We saw PacMan do it to him. Same with Joselito Lopez. Crawford would do to him what he did to Kell Brook. In fact, Thurman should fight Kell Brook. If he gets by Kell Brook, we can talk about Terence Crawford.

  3. Crawford & Thurman great fight, Crawford would punish Thurman in later rounds sad boxing fans won’t see it. Mega Fight Spence & Crawford all the boxing world wants to see.

  4. Stop begging Thurman!! You think you’re all that & you have always been suspect!! Manny showed the world who you really are…Why not earn yourself a title shot because handout days are over!! Call out one of these contenders….I know you won’t!!! You sound like a bitch whining….

  5. Guess no belt gives you heart. But it can’t erase the punk you’ve shown the World you are year after year after year. Keith past your time Thurman – LOL.

  6. I think it’ll be a good fight to see, or at least better than a few we’ve seen so far. The big issue with Keith is that he’s been out of the ring for far too long and that’s not going to do him any good against a skill fighter like Crawford. But hey, he needs the money and wants to get pay. IMO, the only way to find out if he still has it or if he won’t stand a chance against Crawford is to get it on.

  7. No one wants to fight Keith one time Thurman because he did such a great showing against Manny Pacquiao but if Spence or Crawford was smart they would take the fight with Thurman just to see how either would fair against Pacquiao in my most humble opinion neither of the two of them can beat Pacquiao he’s just to experience and too fast!

    • Man Yall Insane,Keith doesn’t have the skill set to hang Spence, he would get boxed around the ring just like garcia did, An was great at one time , but Spence would punish him if not stop him by 8

    • No that would be crazy just to give Keith Thurman a PAY DAY…… he spent a little too much money after the Paquio fight now he’s trying to make up for it…. he’ll no Earl keep ignoring him like he did you when you wanted to fight him …. now all of a sudden he’s ready? Hey out of here

  8. Finally, Keith’s cut that stupid pony tail off…
    One Time is done and will suffer a lopsided decision loss at the hands of Bud. He won’t take a warm up fight for fear of losing that too.
    Move over Keith…

  9. Ppfftt lmfao, reaching out when Bud is more than likely facing Porter. Keith up to his usual tricks. By all means please do, believe it when I see it. Crawford will end Thurman, Bud by stoppage.

  10. Terence “Bud” Crawford has ruined his own career. I don’t want to hear any more talk about Crawford fighting Thurman, Spence, Porter, Pacquiao. That story has been played out a long time ago. Terence failed to live up to his potential. He ruined his legacy and has crowned himself the most talented. His own promoter told the truth on Crawford when he said Crawford was too difficult to work with and turned down ALL the big fights. He turned down Manny Pacquiao twice. First he turned down 7 million because he wanted more. Recently, Crawford turned down Manny again blaming the Covid Pandemic. Crawford turned down Spence while trying to act tough, but Arum said he turned that one down. Crawford then turned down Shawn Porter because they were friends. He then turned down Virgil Ortiz, a tremendous up and coming, can’t miss champion that called him out , but Crawford said nothing. Crawford then was humiliated and called out by Gary Russell Jr, and Crawford did nothing. And now we’re suppose to believe he wants to fight Keith Thurman? I’m not buying that for a second. Crawford has set the tone for himself. He re-signed with Arum to avoid the best, and that clear. Arum himself admitted that Crawford was hard to deal with and he turned down all the big fights, so all this talk about everyone not wanting to fight Crawford is a lie. It’s the other way around. Crawford turned them all down. He retires with a 37-0 cherry pick career. He failed to live up to his potential and forever tainted his legacy. What a waste of true talent. Wasted talent is a difficult to live with when it’s all over.

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