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Arum dives blind for instant Superfight
By Recah Trinidad
Tue, 23 Apr 2019
Haymon (L) and Arum.
THE way Bob Arum behaved on Sunday there’s nothing more urgent and proper than to stage a unification showdown between top welterweight stars Errol Spence and Terence Crawford.
It’s the only event that matters, the way Arum was pleading and harassing for the bout to happen.
Spence-Crawford is generally believed to be the best prizefight pairing, a dream bout.
It’s being likened to the unforgettable 1981 classic clash between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns.
Sorry, but the aftershocks of Arum’s tantrums that smeared main rival Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), appeared to have knocked the dream bout out for good.
Arum was quite brutal in trying to shake Haymon from cold-blooded indifference.
For someone who had lectured aspiring boxing promoters against getting too emotional, Arum proved to be his own biggest enemy.
Here’s what Haymon would tell Spence, according to Arum: ”Listen, if you listen to the White guys, they’re gonna steer you down the road. ‘Listen to me brother, we’re part of a brotherhood, if I tell you not to fight Crawford, I’m telling you not to fight Crawford.’”
PBC said it only showed how desperate Arum was in seeking worthy opponents for his top Top Rank stars, namely Vasily Lomachenko and Crawford.
Lomachenko and Crawford’s latest fights, against worthless foes, were tasteless sickening flops.
The least said about noisy Amir Khan, who clearly quit on his feet, the better.
The problem is with Arum, he’s under terrible pressure to produce a sensible fight for his top stars.
The way the influential Al Haymon treats the issue, Arum is non-existent.
Said Tim Smith, VP for communications at Premier Boxing Champions: “There are more great fights ahead of Terence Crawford, and there are several fights against champions for Spence.”
These fights happen when the time is right, he added.
Arum, in short, must be left to mind his own business.
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