Will Terence Crawford get Spence or Pacquiao? Can Nevada Fix its Immediate Replay Problem?


Terence Crawford is the best of boxing. His combination of speed, power and skill was demonstrated on Saturday night, with Kell Brook hitting a four that led to a fourth round TKO. But the question about Crawford is when will he put a bow on his career by making a megafight with Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Paciao.

It’s time This is 2021 or bust. no more excuses. No more promises. Crawford, now 33, is at a career crossroads with his deal with an end to the top rank. A continuous future together seems to depend on one of those superfights happening next year.

“The pressure is on everyone,” Crawford told ESPN this week. “It’s not just on one person. It takes one person more time to fight.”

Crawford should get one night to shine again in their major win against a prestigious former champion. A man whom his opponent Spence took 11 rounds to get from there, when Crawford did it in four.

“Never in my career, has anyone done anything like this to me,” Brooke said.

But this is not the reality of boxing. Even Crawford – the most feared man in the division – B would guess whether he fights Spence and / or Pacioia.

Top rank CEO Bob Arum says he plans to hold Cranford’s next fight against Spence or Pacquiao in the first half of 2021. His priority is Pakkio first, noting that he is still a big fight from a legacy and financial standpoint. Arum said that he is looking into April or May 2021 for the Pacquiao fight to be held in Qatar, the same country says that he had entered into an agreement with the country’s health ministry because of COVID-19. Crawford says he understands that this is also the plan, but he is ready to see it in action. The collective boxing community takes these comments with an eye roll, considering how long these fights are talked about. This is all until a bout is made.

Also, the Crawford-Spence fight needs boxing.

From a public perspective, it takes a lot of effort from Crawford and the top ranks to have Spence bout, with the other side ready to wait. You can hear the disappointment from Crawford as he talks to people about taking snips, claiming that he is ducking Spence. He laughs that the boxing world demands the best fighter at welterweight to chase their challengers, and he is only to be blamed for the lack of a showdown.

Crawford’s trainer and manager Brian “BoMac” McIntire told ESPN that he lives on Arum and top-ranked president Todd Dubof to feud with Pacuio and Spence. They believe that they will only do it when promoters and networks risk making big fights that they claim they want.

“After a while, you get tired of talking about this s. You just say, you do your job and we’re doing our job. Just let the fights happen,” McIntire said. “What I get from them is ready but can be kicked on the road after each fight. I believe this time it can’t be kicked on the road. What to do at 147 but fight two champions. Out there. Huh? “

The elephant in the room appears to be holding the card with a stronghold at the top welterweight, including PBC Spence. Arum insists that PBC’s Al Haymon is not getting him or Crawford out of the fights, but it certainly looks like it.

This week Athletic reported that Crawford has expressed disappointment with the lack of Premier’s fights at the top ranks and noted that his deal with the promotion company dates back to October 2021. Is PBC currently waiting outside the clock? If so, the top ranks and Crawford are left in a tough spot in the next year to make it happen.

McIntire said, “Terence has always been a businessman. Whatever is left of his contract, I’m sure he will respect it.” “When the time comes, we will sit as a team and will make a decision if we go to PBC or stay with the top ranks or visit Eddie Hearn or go with a network.”

The decision depends on whether the top rank offers Crawford a bout with Spence or Pacquiao prior to his contract.

Spence is Crawford’s white whale – a battle that would earn him a place as one of the best fighters of his generation. But Crawford seems prepared for this not to happen.

“I think my legacy is already safe. When you look at everything I’ve done in the game of boxing. I’m good. I’m good. I’m satisfied. I’m happy.”

But Crawford needs a Spence fight. This would put him in an elite position in boxing history. He wants it, and so does the rest of the boxing community. For once, can everyone deserve them? – Cameron Wolfe


Instant replays worked …. sort of

Sure, it took about 30 minutes. But at the end of the day, any competition in Joshua Franco-Andrew Moloney II was not exactly the right call. Nevada’s new replay process was put to the test and proved what we know in football – if an official doesn’t have enough evidence to overturn the initial verdict, the original call must stand. And that’s what happened even though it was a complete mess.

Let’s go back and look at accounts from two of the most accomplished referees in the fighting game, with the official Robert Bird and ring referee Russell Mora replaying. First, Byrd told ESPN’s ringside reporter Bernardo Osuna that he saw several important head butts, at which point Bird marked it on his sheet. Second, near the 1:06 mark of the first round, Mora clearly talks to Moloney about using his head on the inside.

A review of the replay got it right. If, after about 30 minutes, the Nevada Athletic State Commission was unable to overturn the initial decision, the most logical outcome is to have the fight controlled without any competition and to act as if the bout never took place.

And to keep up with the current era of boxing, Franco has retained a cheaper version of the WBA Junior bantamweight belt, as Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez holds the body’s top title in the weight division.

There are two major points of this defeat. One, the Nevada Commission will have to find a quick way to get through this replay process. Secondly, Franco was able to maintain his version of the 115-pound belt despite fighting a top-ranked fighter on the top-ranked network. The great Robert Garcia, Franco’s instructor, described it as the best during a ringside interview during the review.

“It is clear that they are trying to screw us up,” Garcia said.

It did not happen. And if Moloney wants revenge on Franco, he will have to live in a less controversial way. – Ben Baby


Bubble sounds and sounds

Saturday proved to be an eventful night in boxing and an important one at the combat games that it was the first event with spectators in Las Vegas since the COVID-19 epidemic in March.

Yes, the top rank allowed a handful of family members and sponsors to participate in last month’s lightweight title fight between Vasily Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, and the UFC asked Anderson Silva’s family for their final fight for Halloween Gave permission. But Saturday’s event was the first in which Top Rank welcomed “guests”, including a mix of family, friends, MGM officials and veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Guests were required to take a rapid result COVID-19 test on site. The top rank expected around 100 in attendance, although it appeared less than is actually shown for the night of the fight. The result was, of course, nothing like a regular environment, but it was something (and could be more). And I have to say, it was really nice to hear of Crawford’s family saying, “When his ass,” and “He is about to run away as soon as he feels it!” Everyone enjoyed having a small crowd take out their phones and start filming when top-rank president Bob Arum was involved in a controversial outcome in a co-main event with Nevada CEO Bob Bennett went. felt it A little Close to normal.

What happens next is uncertain, in terms of spectators in the Battle Capital of the World, and will obviously depend on COVID case numbers within the state (Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak tested positive for the virus this week). But the hope is to continue his work with NSAC, at least for the top ranks (assuming that he will “get out of F — Vegas” after the co-main event when he announced that ) And graduates for MGM Grand or T-Mobile Arena in a potentially far-off future. This may actually affect potential matchmaking as well, since events have started to occur in Nevada for the first time since March. – Brett Okamoto


Kell brook time is over

Saturday’s performance confirmed what Brooke believed. His ceiling as an award winner is clear. When Crawford extended the heat and joined, Brook was unable to withstand the first signs of punishment against an elite champion.

That being said, it is probably time for Brooke to hang up the gloves. And it is no disgrace to fight in Sheffield, England. Brooke’s defeat looks much better than many champion victories. So far, he has been stopped by three of the game’s top pound-for-pound fighters – Gennadiy Golovkin, Spence and Crawford, who boxed Brooke in the fourth round and received stoppage.

One of the most bruised men in the game, Brook was never the same after Golovkin’s injury to his hands. He was controlled by Spence and again by Crawford, which was expected by most observers entering the weekend. Brook’s career has been fantastic. But in recent years, he has considered too much punishment as a profession, now in any profession. – Ben Baby


Where do Katie Taylor and Terry Harper go after saving impressive titles on Saturday?

After such a spectacular performance – his best – who would want to face Katie Taylor?

Amanda Serrano is an option that Taylor, the undisputed World Lightweight Champion, will probably pick up, and it will be a fight. However, Taylor has questioned whether Serrano is really up for it.

The seven-time world champion, New York-born Serona-born Puerto Rico, has not fought since January after canceling two fight dates to face Taylor. If it’s not Serrano, Taylor has other big fights to chase.

Chicago-based Jessica McCaskill lost to Taylor three years ago, but became undisputed World Welterweight Champion in August, defeating Cecilia Brekhas of Norway. Macaskill and Breakhus are expected to meet in the rematch in the first half of 2021, and the winner of that fight is another option for Taylor.

Taylor (17-0, 6 KOs), 34, was in a different league from his opponent in Miriam Gutierrez, defending the lightweight title on Saturday, off Bray, Ireland. Taylor wants fights of his two conflicts with Delfine Persoon, and if the other suggestions above don’t work, he is expected to take on WBC junior welterweight titlist England’s Chantelle Cameron.

Match promoter Eddie Hearn also mentioned Terry Harper as a potential rival for Taylor, but it is certainly a fight that will take place beyond 2021, if at all.

The 24-year-old Harper has his own agenda and battle until 2021.

For Harper, South Korean Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4 KOs), a WBA titleholder who signed the matchroom last week, seems like an easy battle to make in the first half of 2021. American Mikayla Mayer (14-0) 5 KOs), from Colorado, who won the WBO title last month, has repeatedly called for a unification fight with Harper, but may have to fall in line.

If Harper does not face Choi, a rematch with Natasha Jonas, who put Harper on for an entertaining draw over the summer, is another easy and popular fight in the UK before Mayer is given a shot. There is also an option for Jonas Taylor, if the Irishman has to wait for a fight against the likes of Serrano, MacAskill or Brackhus. – Nick Parkinson

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