By Vince Writer: Terence “Bud” Crawford signed with Top Rank Boxing back in 2011, and was on their roster for ten years until he decided to branch out and become a free agent. Now the WBO Welterweight champion is set to clash with his old promotion company as Crawford and Top Rank share the same fight date.
Back in November 2021, Crawford stepped into the ring to defend his WBO welterweight title against former two-time welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter. The fight was close until Crawford was able to score two rounds in the tenth round, which led to Shawn’s father and trainer, Kenny Porter, throwing in the towel to officially stop the contest.
After collecting an impressive 10 round TKO victory, Terence Crawford doubled down on a statement he made before his title defense against Porter. With longtime fight promoter Bob Arum sitting at his right hand, Crawford reiterated his decision to cut ties with Top Rank Boxing, and cited the promotion’s inability to make mega-fights as one of the reasons he let him get up.
“I’m sure my decision has already been made. Bob couldn’t trust me to fight Spence when I was with him, so how can he trust me to fight Spence when I’m not with him? I’m moving on with my career now, and I wish everyone the best.”
As a free agent, things seemed to be falling into place for Crawford, especially when WBC, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr defeated Yordenis Ugaas and won the WBA title in April 2022. With Spence collecting the WBA title, A potential matchup between him and Crawford has changed from a unification bout to a fight for the undisputed welterweight title.
A month later, reports emerged regarding the initiation of what many consider to be the biggest fight in boxing. A few months passed until boxing fans got a confirmed fight date, but the confirmed fight did not include Errol Spence Jr.
Boxing fans were shocked and disappointed when Terence Crawford announced that he had moved on from talks to fight Spence and had signed a contract to fight David Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs) on the 10 in December at CHI Medical Center in Omaha. , Nebraska. The fight for the WBO welterweight title will be broadcast live for $39.95 on BLK Prime.
In addition to facing Avanesyan on December 10, Crawford will also compete against his former promotion company. On the night of the Crawford fight, Top Rank has a fight card featuring 140-pound contender Teofimo Lopez vs. Jose Pedraza lives in Madison Square Garden.
In the interest of fairness, it should be noted that the main card was completed before the announcement of the Terence Crawford fight. With the fight being held on a streaming platform for $39.95, and with him fighting an opponent no one is interested in seeing him fight, it may be difficult for Crawford to get any level of viewership against the WBO. ranked sixth. candidate David Avanesyan.
By televising their programs on ESPN, Top Rank is dominant due to the fact that boxing fans can save $39.95 and enjoy a night of boxing on cable television. Another advantage that Top Rank holds over the Crawford fight is a smaller card that features new, younger talent.
The three undefeated top-tier teams will be in action on the main card featuring heavyweight Jared “Big Baby” Anderson, junior middleweight Xander Zayas, and Keyshawn “The Merchant” Davis. Unlike Top Rank, BLK Prime has not released any information regarding the boxing talent that will be featured on the Crawford-Avanesyan card.
On December 10, Terence Crawford is the overwhelming favorite to successfully defend his WBO welterweight title and collect a regular win, but in the viewership category, Crawford and BLK Prime are in the position of former promotion company Crawford, Top Rank Boxing will win.