British boxing fans could be treated to an undisputed fight on home soil, but it may not be the one they were expecting.
Britain’s own Tyson Fury could be taking on Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed heavyweight bout next year, but that fight looks set for the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Terence Crawford has unexpectedly said that he wants his undisputed welterweight clash with fellow American Errol Spence Jr to take place in the UK.
“I wouldn’t mind going to London to do it,” Crawford told Thaboxingvoice.
“You’re gonna make more, trust me, 100%. The UK support boxing more than the US.
“When Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua fight in the UK, they draw 60,000 in a stadium.”
This would be exciting news for British boxing fans, but first ‘Bud’ has to get past David Avanesyan on Saturday night, as he puts his WBO welterweight crown on the line in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Even then, there is not a 100 per cent guarantee that the fight with Spence Jr gets made, as Crawford recently accused his rival’s manager, Al Haymon, of causing negotiations to collapse.
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“Al’s a good dude, Al’s a charming guy and he’s a cool dude,” Crawford said on Instagram live. “I kind of like talking to him, but at the same time, Spence is Al’s guy, I’m not.
“We’re just going back and forth about the numbers. I have two companies that reach out to me that wanted to give me and Spence $25million guaranteed.
“So, a real guy like myself, I called Spence. He had to go back and ask Al for permission and he didn’t call me back, so I proposed it to Al.
“Al told me, straight up, ‘I’m not letting anybody touch this fight.’
“I’m the only one that was taking all the risks, I told them ‘alright cool, I’ll take no guarantee, I’ll take the lesser end of the money, whatever it is you want, I’ll take it,’ because that’s how much confidence I got that I’m gonna beat that man.
“Even though I know that I was getting f***** in the long run, I just wanted a little transparency. Of course I want to see if the numbers add up to what they telling me.
“I never was offered a guarantee, not once, I never was given anything, but ‘here you want this fight, we gonna f*** you and then you got what you want.’
“So, you mad at me for taking a fight with a tough opponent for a bigger purse, a guarantee that I wasn’t even gonna get. You crazy in the head.
“You expect me to be disrespected, ran over, stepped on and just sit there and take it, that’s crazy.”
Crawford went on to reveal that after his fight with Avanesyan, if he is successful, he still plans to make a fight with Spence Jr, but we will just have to wait and see.
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