Via Chris Williams: The undisputed November 19 clash between unified champion Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford is now in contract jeopardy.
147-lb WBO champion Crawford (38-0.29 KOs) wants to be transparent about the costs of the event because he doesn’t have a guaranteed wallet. Crawford will receive a percentage of net sales for the fight. Therefore, he wanted the power to be able to approve or deny expenditures for the war.
Mike Coppinger reports that the Spence vs Crawford match will be moved from November 19 to December or January. Without an early deal, the recently 35-year-old Crawford will want to make an adjustment, which will delay the fight with Spence.
“Spence and Crawford have agreed to terms Crawford set for a short period of the financial split, ESPN reported earlier this month. Problem: Crawford wants transparency regarding event costs as the contract does not have a guaranteed walletsources said,” Coppinger said at ESPN.
If Crawford chooses to be obstinate and refuses to yield to his support for cost approval, that will put Spence’s management in a position of either agreeing to Terence’s demands or just giving up on the fight.
It could come down to how Crawford wants the fight with Spence. If Crawford decides not to give in, he may be out of luck, and will have to move on. Like Spence, Crawford is talking about wanting a move to 154, a division he lacks the caliber to compete with.
There are only a couple of big money games at 154, and you have to imagine that Spence would be in a better position to get those games against Crawford.
Undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo is cool with the idea of fighting Crawford. It could be years before Crawford gets a chance to take on Charlo.
Spence’s popularity is so high that he can make huge amounts of money playing against Keith Thurman, Conor Benn, Vergil Ortiz Jr, or Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis at the age of 147. He doesn’t need Crawford to make huge money. and generate interest.
If Spence moves up to 154, he has the following great fights available:
- Jermell Charlo
- Sebastian Fundora
- Tim Tszyu
- Brian Castano
- Tony Harrison
- Israil Madrimov
- Erickson Lubin