Terence Crawford has made it clear that he is not to be blamed for not making the fight against Errol Spence Jr and has lashed out at the business of the sport, and Spence’s team, for what happened.
I think Spence wanted the fight… but I don’t know what’s going on in his team: Terence Crawford
During a recent interview with The MMA Hour, Terence Crawford referred to his continuity within the professional circuit, beyond his inconclusive duel with Spence. However, he doesn’t want the blame to be put on him.
“It is what it is – I’m moving forward with my career,” Crawford told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “Me and Errol, if that fight happens, it will happen next year. I just don’t like the fact that a lot of people are blaming me for trying to make the fight. That’s about it. But my main focus is not on Errol right now. My main focus is on Daron Avanesyan.”
“I just blame the business of boxing. I don’t blame myself for [even] one portion of the fight not being made. … I felt like I agreed to everything that I needed to agree to. I feel like I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do as an independent fighter to get that fight made. But there’s only so much I can do.”
In addition, the American boxer explained why he decided not to sign a contract with any major promoter and went his own way and believes that he does not need to belong to any of those companies.
“Internally, I felt like the fight was already done,” Crawford went on, “I felt like it was going to be me vs. him, but as time passed, I knew there were other plans and other things standing in the way of us fighting at that particular date.”
“I think he wanted the fight. I think he really wanted the fight. I think he still wants the fight, but I don’t know what’s going on in his team. The only thing I can do is speak for myself and my team.”
“Hopefully [the fight will happen],” Crawford acknowledged, “I can’t say if it’s true or false. The only thing I can say is, if you were to ask me, ‘Does Terence Crawford want to fight Errol Spence?’ I would say true. But I can’t say if a fight is true or false, if it happens or not. Anything can happen in today’s society.”
‘Bud’, in addition to pointing to Spence, also referred to his personal bond with those who are at the helm of Top Rank. Apparently, he doesn’t hate any of them and respects Bob Arum a lot.
“I have no animosity or hatred towards them. I still go to Top Rank events. I still go to their shows, and that’s it. Business, at the end of the day, is business. Bob is Bob. I don’t have any feelings of ill will towards him. It is what it is,” Crawford added.