Arum blasts Crawford’s ‘malicious extortion attempt’

There are a great deal of individuals associated with boxing who will excitedly state a great deal of uncomplimentary features of Bob Arum, the creator and chairman of Leading Rank, the sport’s most popular marketing business.

Terence Crawford, the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter worldwide and the world’s finest welterweight, is amongst them. Crawford submitted a suit looking for almost $10 million versus Arum and Top Rank on Tuesday in Nevada District Court.

The essence of Crawford’s fit versus Arum, however, is that Arum and his business are racist and deal with Black fighters improperly.

George Supervisor, among the lots of famous Black fighters Arum has actually promoted to excellent heights and shocking riches, was stunned at Crawford’s claims. The previous heavyweight champ was promoted by Arum in his 2nd act, following his resurgence after a 10-year retirement. Supervisor restored the title by knocking out Michael Moorer at 45 years of ages in a battle promoted by Arum.

Supervisor was mad when apprised of Crawford’s charges.

“He’s not a saint, but Bob Arum is one of the finest men I know,” stated Supervisor, who commemorated his 73rd birthday on Monday. “You could call me about 25 other guys, 30 other guys, and ask me that question and I wouldn’t return the call. But not this one. Nuh-uh. He’s got a passion for his fellow man.”

In his fit, Crawford declares that Leading Rank “breached its contracts with [him], and in fact defrauded him into entering agreements in the first place.” He stated in the fit that Leading Rank got Crawford to consent to combat Egidijus Kavaliauskas in order to satisfy a responsibility to ESPN, its television partner, and not since it was best for his profession.

As an incentive to take the Kavaliauskas battle, Crawford’s fit states:

“Top Rank fraudulently promised to arrange for Crawford to fight Errol Spence Jr. despite knowing that Top Rank could never deliver the promised match. Top Rank also failed to deliver a promised second bout under the parties’ promotional rights agreement.

“Top Rank apparently had no qualms about lying to a Black fighter or failing to respect its contractual obligations to him, though it would never treat one of its white fighters with such blatant disrespect.”

That’s an absurd declaration since Arum has actually fought for many years with individuals of all races, colors and faiths. He’s aggressive, frequently irascible, and seldom bites his lip and frequently puts his foot in his mouth.

However couple of have actually ever implicated Arum of being racist for many years.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Terence Crawford celebrates his victory after a TKO in the 9th round with Top Rank boxing promoter Bob Arum after the WBO welterweight title between Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Leading Rank creator Bob Arum signed Terence Crawford in 2011 and once again in 2018. (Image by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

In 2020, Arum was asked if he believed Crawford would re-sign with Leading Rank when his agreement ended in 2021. Arum reacted madly by flippantly stating, “I could build a house in Beverly Hills on the money I’ve lost on him in the last three fights.”

That may not have actually been the very best method to construct a quality working relationship, however Leading Rank apparently lost $20 million in all promoting Crawford battles and $3 million on his last battle versus Shawn Porter.

Arum’s anger at Crawford wasn’t since he’s Black, it’s since Crawford hasn’t done much to attempt to assist his own cause and his battles are bad sellers.

Arum launched a declaration to Yahoo Sports in which he rejected any claims of bigotry.

“Bud Crawford’s lawsuit against Top Rank is frivolous,” Arum composed. “Its vile accusations of racism are reckless and indefensible. He knows it and his lawyer [Bryan J. Freedman] knows it. I have spent my entire working life as a champion of black boxers, Latino boxers and other boxers of color. I have no doubt the court will see Crawford’s case for the malicious extortion attempt that it is.”

Antonio Leonard is a Black promoter who presently has 14 fighters under agreement with Leading Rank, 12 of whom are Black. Leonard stated not just hasn’t he ever experienced bigotry from Leading Rank, he’s never ever knowledgeable bigotry from anybody he’s worked with in boxing.

Leonard informed Yahoo Sports, “I ain’t experienced nothing like that,” when informed Crawford implicated Leading Rank of bigotry. He went on to protect Arum and concern why Crawford would make that type of claims.

“Bob, he’s my man and I don’t have no problem with Bob,” Leonard stated. “I never have. And let me tell you, I wouldn’t do business with someone I didn’t like, no matter how much money I could make. I got nothing bad to say about Bob.”

Supervisor stated “it breaks my heart” to hear Crawford implicate Arum of bigotry. Arum has actually promoted much of the leading Black stars of the last 60 years, consisting of Supervisor, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and others.

He’s been close with much of them, however none more so than with Hagler, the previous middleweight champ who passed away in 2015. Arum and Hagler were so close that there was never ever an advertising agreement in between them and they ran on a handshake.

Arum has 3 photos on the wall in his workplace, and all are of Black fighters: Ali, Supervisor and Hagler.

Supervisor stated after he knocked out Moorer to win the title, he wished to go kneel in the corner and pray. He informed his sibling to ensure nobody troubled him and permitted him to finish his prayer.

While he was still hoping, he was bear-hugged by an abundant Arum.

“He gave me the most passionate hug and said, ‘George, praise the Lord!’” Supervisor stated. “For someone to accuse a guy like that of racism, it’s wrong. But you know what they say: All is fair in love and war.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.