Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who represents the WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, has suggested a purse split for a unification bout with Errol Spence Jr. Arum has called for a 40/40 purse split, with 20% going to the winner.
Terence Crawford (37-0, 27 KO) and Errol Spence Jr (27-0, 21 KO’s) have both been seeking a Manny Pacquaio fight in recent months, but the Filipino superstar seems more interested in a big payday fight with a MMA or boxing star rather than a fight with either champion for the time being.
With that being the case, the demand and hype for a Crawford vs Spence Jr fight has intensified and Arum as well as both boxers have come out in recent weeks to publicly express their thoughts on the fight negotiations.
Crawford is the WBO welterweight champion and Spence Jr the WBC & IBF champion. A clash between the two would be a huge PPV event in America but would also draw much attention globally. Bob Arum continues to seek an agreement that satisfies both boxers and his most recent suggestion seems fair to most boxing fans.
Arum has called for a 40/40 purse split with 20% going to the winner but he believes Spence Jr is avoiding the fight – ‘I really believe it’s Spence that is putting up the roadblocks because he doesn’t want to do the fight’
‘I don’t think we’ll ever get Spence in the ring – you can tell from what he’s saying, he doesn’t want to fight him (Crawford), unlike Shawn Porter, who clearly wants to fight Terence, as long as the money is right’
‘Again, if a fighter doesn’t want to fight another fighter, just forget about it and move on’
But if both men were to face one another; ”Terence annihilates Spence. Spence is too slow. Terence is a much more skilled fighter.” Arum told the Barbershop Conversations YouTube channel
Spence Jr is due to face Yordenis Ugas in July and should he be victorious, would collect the WBA title to add alongside his IBF and WBC belts. This would increase Spence Jr’s power and position at the negotiating table. Crawford’s last fight was in November 2020 when he defeated former IBF champion Kell Brook