By Sam Volz: Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza said he was completely “blindness” by Terence Crawford is pulling out of his talks with Errol Spence Jr to fight David Avanesyan on December 10th.
Espinoza said what surprised him was to hear that they existed “get better” in talks for the Spence-Crawford fight when he learned Terence had signed on to fight Avanesyan on the BLK Prime pay-per-view.
According to Espinoza, there is no alternative plan for the IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) because they were focused on Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) special fight.
Interestingly, Espinoza said he still wants to continue talking to the 35-year-old Crawford after his win over Avanesyan. However, we don’t know if Spence feels the same way.
The concern here is that if Crawford walks out of the conversation once without warning, he will do it again, which will make Spence more vulnerable.
Getting that done to you once should be enough, as Crawford should at least give Spence and his promoters a heads up that he’s ready to take another fight.
If there is a future time to negotiate with Crawford, Spence & his team need to have their own backup plan, and they need to set a limit on the number of days they want to negotiate.
Espinoza said Keith Thurman, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, and Eimantas Stanionis are options for Spence’s next fight if he stops at 147.
The only reason it would make sense for Spence to stay at 147 is if he still plans to fight Crawford.
“I’d say it’s a surprise. It’s a whole lot. It is fair to say that our side is blind to everything” said Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza for Fighthype about Terence Crawford pulling out of talks with Errol Spence Jr to fight David Avanesyan on December 10th.
“I know it took a long time, and it’s taking a long time. But I think we’re making progress, and I certainly didn’t expect the pile to be pulled out from under us.
“The truth is, there are exciting fights for Spence. One thing we know about Errol, and he’s repeated it, and he’s backed it up. He doesn’t do fights.
“So whatever he does, and it’s still an open question, it’s going to be a big fight. It’s going to be a big fight. Maybe he’s 47; maybe he’s 54. But the truth is. The reason I don’t have specific information about you is because there is no backup plan.
“There’s no point where Errol is interested in having even a ‘what if’ conversation about what would happen if this fell apart. It’s not on his radar.
“There are certainly interesting fights out there. You’ve got Keith Thurman; you’ve got Boots Ennis, Stanionis, and so on. There’s no interest in talking about anything other than Crawford. So we want to meet again.” find him [Spence] inside.
“He doesn’t want to stay very long. I think he will move and look, I still have hope, we can get the Crawford fight back together,” said Espinoza.