Bob Arum Wants Two-Fight Deal For Conor McGregor vs. Terence Crawford

Conor McGregor has made it clear that he wants to box again. However, who would be his opponent in such a contest? Of course, there’s always the possibility of rematching Floyd Mayweather, a fight “Money” himself has shown interest in recently. McGregor has noted he truly believes, with a few corrections, he’ll do the unthinkable […]

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Conor McGregor has made it clear that he wants to box again. However, who would be his opponent in such a contest?

Of course, there’s always the possibility of rematching Floyd Mayweather, a fight “Money” himself has shown interest in recently. McGregor has noted he truly believes, with a few corrections, he’ll do the unthinkable and hand Mayweather his first-ever career loss. There have also been rumblings that McGregor could face another boxing legend in Manny Pacquiao.

With that being said, McGregor has noted that he’d like to win a world title in boxing. One way to do that is by challenging current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. It sounds like the Crawford camp is down for the idea as well. Speaking to ESPN, promoter Bob Arum suggested a two-fight deal between McGregor and Crawford. One fight taking place under mixed martial arts (MMA) rules, the next in boxing.

“You’ve got an elite boxer in Terence Crawford fighting an elite MMA guy in Conor McGregor under MMA rules,” Arum said. “You don’t think that would be interesting and something the public would want to see? I think it’s very realistic.”

Arum also revealed that there have been discussions between both sides, however, he did not specify as to who was involved in those negotiations.

“Whenever they are ready we are ready,” Arum said. “We’d do the MMA fight first if that’s what they want.”

Crawford, who has a wrestling background, was asked about his interest in such a deal, to which “Bud” admitted he’s down to fight the Irishman in the boxing ring, or the Octagon.

“I’m a fighter first. As a fighter I would entertain it,” Crawford said. “I just have to have the proper time to prepare myself. It would be a little more than boxing training. I haven’t been in that (wrestling) environment in a long time, but most definitely I feel I can compete with anyone given the proper time to train on the MMA side being that I have a wrestling background.

“McGregor would have to worry about my standup game as well. It would be interesting. He’s got good kicks and he’s strong. I’d have to prepare myself for those things but I feel I would be alright.”

Arum also noted that it would be beneficial for McGregor to fight Crawford because he’d make a ton of money returning to the boxing ring – despite noting that the Irishman would have zero chance against Crawford in the squared circle. However, he does give Crawford a shot to beat McGregor inside the Octagon due to the WBO champion’s wrestling background.

“Fighting Crawford would be great for McGregor because he has no chance in a boxing match except to pick up a check,” Arum said. “In an MMA match he would be the favorite, but Crawford would have a chance because he’s one tough dude and because he has a wrestling background.

“I think that Crawford is the one boxer that can compete with an elite MMA guy under MMA rules. We’d do two fights so we can level the playing field by fighting in both disciplines. Mayweather and Pacquiao would never fight under MMA rules. Crawford would.”

Crawford competed in wrestling in middle school and explained he still dabbles in it when he’s not preparing for a boxing match. He notes that wrestling runs in his family as well.

“I always had the talent for wrestling but I liked to throw my hands. I liked punching people in the face more than hugging them,” Crawford said. “My dad was a wrestler, my uncle and my grandfather wrestled, and they were always teaching me the moves. I just liked boxing more.

“A lot of people may say if Terence goes into the Octagon he will get crushed but they don’t know me.”

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Conor McGregor vs. Terence Crawford 2-Fight Contract Proposed by Bob Arum

There has been plenty of debate over who will fight Conor McGregor next, but Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes the MMA star should do a two-fight contest against Terence Crawford…

There has been plenty of debate over who will fight Conor McGregor next, but Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes the MMA star should do a two-fight contest against Terence Crawford…

Bob Arum Claims Tyson Fury Could Face Deontay Wilder Next Rather Than Wait Until 2020

Boxing fans might not have to wait too long to see Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder rematch after all. Wilder recently claimed that the pair had agreed to terms on an early 2020 rematch. However, speaking to NBC Sports recently, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum noted that Tyson Fury might go ahead and face “The […]

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Boxing fans might not have to wait too long to see Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder rematch after all.

Wilder recently claimed that the pair had agreed to terms on an early 2020 rematch. However, speaking to NBC Sports recently, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum noted that Tyson Fury might go ahead and face “The Bronze Bomber” next. Initially, the plan was for Fury to have at least one or two more fights in October or September before fighting Wilder in early 2020 (via Daily Mail UK):

“I think we really have to look at the situation. It will be up to ESPN and FOX. Maybe we go right to the fight now,” Arum said. “I felt I needed two fights with Tyson Fury in order to really have the public take a look at him and realize what a phenomenal athlete and entertainer he is. 

“But because ESPN did such a magnificent job in helping us promote this last fight with Schwarz, maybe we can go right now into a Wilder fight but that would depend again on how the other side feels about it.

“Maybe I think we should we be talking about it, stop fooling around with interim fights. We saw with the Joshua vs Ruiz fight that anything can happen.”

Fury comes off a big TKO victory over the now formerly-undefeated German prospect Tom Schwarz. “The Gypsy King” put the German away in the second round with a nasty barrage of shots. Now, he’s ready to reclaim heavyweight gold, and has Wilder’s WBC title in his sights first.

However, Wilder must first get through Luis Ortiz, a former foe who came the closest to becoming the first man to ever finish the American knockout artist inside the ring. Wilder will defend his title against Ortiz in a bout that has yet to receive a date or location.

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Bob Arum: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II Can Do Bigger PPV Numbers Than Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Bob Arum is a very optimistic man. Arum is now in business with lineal heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, who is inked to a multi-fight contract with Top Rank and ESPN. Fury is now making a name for himself in the United States, after downing Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sat. June […]

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Bob Arum is a very optimistic man. Arum is now in business with lineal heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, who is inked to a multi-fight contract with Top Rank and ESPN.

Fury is now making a name for himself in the United States, after downing Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sat. June 15, 2019). Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Arum discussed the expected rematch between Fury and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder next year.

Arum went as far as predicting the matchup can do equal to or more pay-per-view (PPV) buys than the famed Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which did over four million buys:

“Well, if – and I expect both guys get through their next fights, the fight will be first quarter of next year, Arum said. “And, I really believe – now, I’m not blowing smoke, it will be on pay-per-view, and I can’t see why that fight won’t equal or surpass the numbers that were done on the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

“Two little guys, great fighters, Mayweather and Pacquiao, was built up for a lot of years, but still they’re not heavyweights. They’re not heavyweights of this kind of category, and now, this notoriety. The reason the Fury-Wilder fight, first one, didn’t do real numbers, is because, let’s be honest, other than some hardcore boxing fans, the public in America didn’t know this guy [Tyson Fury].

“They really didn’t know him. Now, they know him, and after the fight in October, they will know him even more. Wilder will hopefully have a great fight with Ortiz and beat Ortiz, and the rematch, I think, is capable of doing over four million pay-per-view orders.”

When pressed on his prediction that Wilder vs. Fury II can do bigger numbers than Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, Arum doubled down:

“Why wouldn’t it be?,” Arum asked. “People always, when I was in the business for many years, always look for the big big heavyweight fight. That was Ali-Frazier one, did more business than any other fight had ever done up to that point. I can’t see why this wouldn’t happen.

“And particularly when it matches somebody from the U.K., who is not coming over as an opponent, but as a co-equal at least, in stature, with an American. It’s got to, reasonably speaking, do tremendous business on PPV.”

Check out the full post-fight press conference featuring Fury and Arum, here:

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Bob Arum: Tyson Fury Fight Will Get More ESPN+ Subscribers Than UFC

Top Rank Boxing promoter Bob Arum expects a lot of new subscribers on ESPN+ for Tyson Fury’s fight against Tom Schwarz. Fury returns to action on June 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas when he takes on the undefeated German prospect in a heavyweight match-up. It will be the Briton’s debut fight on […]

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Top Rank Boxing promoter Bob Arum expects a lot of new subscribers on ESPN+ for Tyson Fury’s fight against Tom Schwarz.

Fury returns to action on June 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas when he takes on the undefeated German prospect in a heavyweight match-up. It will be the Briton’s debut fight on ESPN+ since signing a lucrative deal with the sports network in February. ESPN+ was already bolstered with the addition of the UFC earlier this year.

UFC on ESPN+ 1, which featured a flyweight title fight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw earlier this year, generated 568,000 new subscribers for the platform on the weekend of the event. But Arum, who has had a tumultuous relationship with the UFC, expects Fury to generate even more new subscribers:

“This weekend’s event is very important for boxing,” Arum said (via BoxingScene). “Look, even though the UFC are cousins of ours at ESPN, they are still competition. They’ve done extraordinarily well and ESPN had the announcement of their big subscription boost right out of the gate. With Tyson Fury coming up on June 15, we’re gonna get more new subscribers than they did with their debut in January.”

Arum Heaps Praise On Fury

It would truly be something if Fury is able to generate even more subscribers than the UFC did back in January. But such is the confidence in him from Arum, who believes the Top Rank/ESPN banner has another special fighter under its stable:

“I’ve had some guys who were not shy, fighters such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman,” Arum added. “(Fury) is right up with there with those two guys. People can relate to him. I’ve never seen an outpouring of fans like we have right now who root for Tyson Fury.

“People look at the heavyweight division. We have great fighters on ESPN – two of the best in Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko. He has the ability to capture the imagination. That’s what we hope to accomplish with him. This guy is a force in and of himself in and out of the ring.”

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Quote: It’s ‘Goodbye Joshua’ If Deontay Wilder Connects On The Chin

Perhaps one of the biggest fights to be made in boxing right now is a heavyweight clash between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua. Both men are reigning atop the heavyweight division at the moment, and a fight between them has been rumored for quite so…

Perhaps one of the biggest fights to be made in boxing right now is a heavyweight clash between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua. Both men are reigning atop the heavyweight division at the moment, and a fight between them has been rumored for quite some time now. Unfortunately, several road blocks have prevented such a […]

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