Keith Thurman: “When It Comes To Anybody On This Side Fighting A Bud Crawford, I Just Think Crawford Needs To Get Away From Bob”

By: Hans Themistode Keith Thurman doesn't truly enjoy getting involved in the personal business of other fighters. Yet, as the years have gone by, the former unified welterweight champion can't help but notice the tenuous and somewhat disrespectful working relationship between WBO 147 pound champion Terence Crawford and his current promoter Bob Arum. While the two have worked with each other for years now, their association has reached a rocky point. Ever since the two paired up several years ago, Arum has failed to lock in any notable fights for his pound-for-pound star. As of late, fans of Crawford have grown tiresome of the apparent no-names he has continued to face in the ring. Recently, Crawford was last seen in November of 2020, dismantling former IBF belt holder, Kell Brook. Although at one point, Brook was considered arguably the best in the division, now, he’s clearly a shell of his former self. For Thurman, he’s sat back and listened as Crawford has called for a showdown against himself, as well current unified champion Errol Spence Jr. Yet, no matter how loud he yells, his cries have fallen on deaf ears as Arum has been unable to negotiate a high profile against anyone from the stable of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC). Not only does Thurman believe that Crawford needs to pry himself away from the grip of Arum due to his failure to land him a big fight, but more than anything, Thurman just doesn't feel Crawford gets the respect he deserves. “When it comes to anybody on this side fighting a Bud Crawford, I just think Crawford needs to get away from Bob,” said Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com. “Bob doesn't even give him the credit that he deserves, his promoter doesn't even respect him. He needs to get away from that man.” In just a few short months, Crawford will be given the opportunity to walk away from Arum as their promotional agreement is set to expire later on this year. With Arum’s Top Rank stable bereft of any top talent at 147 pounds, many have pointed to the PBC as the most likely landing spot for Crawford. But while signing with his crosstown rival would allow Crawford to face some of the bigger names in the welterweight division including Thurman, Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, Shawn Porter and a long list of others, Thurman doesn't necessarily believe that coming across the proverbial street is what Crawford needs to do. The former three-division world champion can face several high-quality fighters without inking a promotional agreement. Just, more importantly, Thurman is simply of the mindset that Crawford needs to move on from his long-time promoter. “Be his own man if that's what he needs to be and I think he’ll be able to negotiate better fights from there.” The post Keith Thurman: “When It Comes To Anybody On This Side Fighting A Bud Crawford, I Just Think Crawford Needs To Get Away From Bob” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman: “When It Comes To Anybody On This Side Fighting A Bud Crawford, I Just Think Crawford Needs To Get Away From Bob”

By: Hans Themistode

Keith Thurman doesn't truly enjoy getting involved in the personal business of other fighters. Yet, as the years have gone by, the former unified welterweight champion can't help but notice the tenuous and somewhat disrespectful working relationship between WBO 147 pound champion Terence Crawford and his current promoter Bob Arum.

While the two have worked with each other for years now, their association has reached a rocky point. Ever since the two paired up several years ago, Arum has failed to lock in any notable fights for his pound-for-pound star. As of late, fans of Crawford have grown tiresome of the apparent no-names he has continued to face in the ring. Recently, Crawford was last seen in November of 2020, dismantling former IBF belt holder, Kell Brook. Although at one point, Brook was considered arguably the best in the division, now, he’s clearly a shell of his former self.

For Thurman, he’s sat back and listened as Crawford has called for a showdown against himself, as well current unified champion Errol Spence Jr. Yet, no matter how loud he yells, his cries have fallen on deaf ears as Arum has been unable to negotiate a high profile against anyone from the stable of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC). Not only does Thurman believe that Crawford needs to pry himself away from the grip of Arum due to his failure to land him a big fight, but more than anything, Thurman just doesn't feel Crawford gets the respect he deserves.

“When it comes to anybody on this side fighting a Bud Crawford, I just think Crawford needs to get away from Bob,” said Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com. “Bob doesn't even give him the credit that he deserves, his promoter doesn't even respect him. He needs to get away from that man.”

In just a few short months, Crawford will be given the opportunity to walk away from Arum as their promotional agreement is set to expire later on this year. With Arum’s Top Rank stable bereft of any top talent at 147 pounds, many have pointed to the PBC as the most likely landing spot for Crawford.

But while signing with his crosstown rival would allow Crawford to face some of the bigger names in the welterweight division including Thurman, Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, Shawn Porter and a long list of others, Thurman doesn't necessarily believe that coming across the proverbial street is what Crawford needs to do.

The former three-division world champion can face several high-quality fighters without inking a promotional agreement. Just, more importantly, Thurman is simply of the mindset that Crawford needs to move on from his long-time promoter.

“Be his own man if that's what he needs to be and I think he’ll be able to negotiate better fights from there.”

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By: Sean Crose From Sport's Business outlet Sportico: "Showtime is projecting roughly 1 million pay-per-view buys for Sunday’s boxing match between YouTube celebrity Logan Paul and retired champion Floyd Mayweather, according to a source familiar with the numbers." That's not all. "Perhaps equally important for Showtime, Sunday was the network’s biggest day of new subscriptions since its Showtime Streaming Service launched in 2015, according to the person (source), who was granted anonymity because the numbers are private."  Let it sink in, folks. A 44 year old man and a social media kid got at least a million individuals to purchase an 8 round exhibition match between the two. Whether people approve of of novelty matches like Mayweather-Paul or not, they're clearly what the public wants. For if the above report is true, novelty boxing is not only burying other boxing pay per views, it's beating up most UFC pay per views, as well. Be ready for more. A lot more. Novelty boxing matches have been around forever. Never, though, have they been as clearly beloved as they are now. What's really amazing is the promotions aren't hiding what these fights are. No one said Mike Tyson and Roy Jones would be their old selves when they met last fall. No matter. The pay per view event they headlined brought in well over a million buys. Jake Paul's recent fight with former UFC notable Ben Askren brought in over a million buys, as well. Neither man had ever been in the ring with a professional boxer. Make no mistake about it, none of these novelty bouts will bring in the kinds of numbers fights like Mayweather-Pacquiao, Mayweather-McGregor, or even Mayweather-Canelo did back in 2013. They're still making money, though. Lots of money. They're also getting a ton of attention. Ask you coworkers if they know who Canelo is. Then ask if they're familiar with the Paul brothers. Then again, don't. The results will most likely depress you if you're a serious combat sport fan. The Paul brothers, Logan and Jake in particular, have found the key to success that fighters like Mayweather and McGregor learned before them - and that's playing the heel. People love to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, and will cough up a ton of money in the hopes of seeing it happen. Jake Paul, for instance, is at least as obnoxious as the younger versions of Mayweather and McGregor were. Thing is, he isn't nearly as good a fighter as them. Who even knows how the man would do against a top ten contender? The truth, though, is that no one seems to care. There's no denying novelty fights can be fun. Yet when they become the most successful shows in a sport that brings in talented athletes from the poorest corners of the earth they begin to become off-putting. The post Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Fight Reportedly Brings In 1 Million Pay Per View Buys appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Fight Reportedly Brings In 1 Million Pay Per View Buys

By: Sean Crose

From Sport's Business outlet Sportico:

"Showtime is projecting roughly 1 million pay-per-view buys for Sunday’s boxing match between YouTube celebrity Logan Paul and retired champion Floyd Mayweather, according to a source familiar with the numbers."

That's not all.

"Perhaps equally important for Showtime, Sunday was the network’s biggest day of new subscriptions since its Showtime Streaming Service launched in 2015, according to the person (source), who was granted anonymity because the numbers are private." 

Let it sink in, folks. A 44 year old man and a social media kid got at least a million individuals to purchase an 8 round exhibition match between the two. Whether people approve of of novelty matches like Mayweather-Paul or not, they're clearly what the public wants. For if the above report is true, novelty boxing is not only burying other boxing pay per views, it's beating up most UFC pay per views, as well.

Be ready for more. A lot more. Novelty boxing matches have been around forever. Never, though, have they been as clearly beloved as they are now. What's really amazing is the promotions aren't hiding what these fights are. No one said Mike Tyson and Roy Jones would be their old selves when they met last fall. No matter. The pay per view event they headlined brought in well over a million buys. Jake Paul's recent fight with former UFC notable Ben Askren brought in over a million buys, as well. Neither man had ever been in the ring with a professional boxer.

Make no mistake about it, none of these novelty bouts will bring in the kinds of numbers fights like Mayweather-Pacquiao, Mayweather-McGregor, or even Mayweather-Canelo did back in 2013. They're still making money, though. Lots of money. They're also getting a ton of attention. Ask you coworkers if they know who Canelo is. Then ask if they're familiar with the Paul brothers. Then again, don't. The results will most likely depress you if you're a serious combat sport fan.

The Paul brothers, Logan and Jake in particular, have found the key to success that fighters like Mayweather and McGregor learned before them - and that's playing the heel. People love to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, and will cough up a ton of money in the hopes of seeing it happen. Jake Paul, for instance, is at least as obnoxious as the younger versions of Mayweather and McGregor were. Thing is, he isn't nearly as good a fighter as them. Who even knows how the man would do against a top ten contender? The truth, though, is that no one seems to care.

There's no denying novelty fights can be fun. Yet when they become the most successful shows in a sport that brings in talented athletes from the poorest corners of the earth they begin to become off-putting.

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