The working relationship between WBO’s world weight champion Terence Crawford and Bob Arum of Top Rank has already ended sadly. Now things are getting serious as Crawford sues Arum and Top Rank, demanding nearly $ 10 million against Arum on charges of “rebellious racist bias” that has resulted in him failing to secure big money fights for the champion.
According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by the New York Post, Crawford alleges breach of contract and fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation. Crawford, 34, signed to Top Rank in 201, but has had difficulty fighting the best competitors in his division in the past. The champion also discussed Arum’s comments against him, as well as his lack of determination to secure matches against, among other things, WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr.
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The action further alleged the following with regard to Arum and Top Rank:
“For years, professional boxers and others in the sports world have called Top Rank owner Bob Arum for his disparate treatment of black boxers, including the exact same black boxers that Top Rank is contractually required to promote.
“Because this is boxing, a sport with a varied history, and because Arum is now dismissed as just a grumpy old white man, Arum continues to make racist and bigoted statements and purposefully damages the reputation of black boxers without any consequences. This is generally because the boxers in question, who have long-term Top Rank contracts, fear that if they speak, they will be put on the sidelines and not given the opportunity to fight during the term of their agreement, which could be five to seven years. It is painfully clear that Top Rank, and Arum in particular, judges people based on their race.
“Arum’s dirty history with colorful athletes, especially black fighters, and his bias favoring white and Latin American fighters is well documented and known throughout the boxing world.”
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Crawford, the silver medalist for the Golden Glove, made his professional debut in 2008. Crawford became the lightweight Welterweight Champion in 2014 and held the WBO, WBO, WBA and IBF titles until 2017. In 2018, Crawford defeated Jeff Horn for the WBO Welterweight title. He defended the belt five times, in the last battle TKO won in November over Shawn Porter.
Crawford’s lawsuit alleges that the fight with the attorneys violated the treaties, while detailing the amount Crawford paid for the matches: In 2018, Crawford earned $ 3.5 million against Jose Benavidez Jr. and $ 4.8 million against Amir Khan; In 2020, he received $ 3.5 million for fighting Kell Brook. With a single match in 2019, Crawford reportedly owes $ 4.5 million for the second match not being booked.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford said he did not want to cut his salary. He wanted to earn more before his Top Rank ended. His lawsuit claims he made $ 6 million against Porter.
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During this time, Crawford was part of the main event of all Top Rank-produced shows. While considered by many to be the best boxer in the sport, there has been a debate about the caliber Crawford faced when he was in the top position.
After the fight with Porter, Crawford spoke to the media – with Arum next to him – at a post-fight press conference. Crawford was honest when he said he was moving on and said that Top Rank did not help secure the match with Spence, who is signed with the Premier Boxing Champions.
“Bob (Arum) couldn’t fight me (Errol) Spence when I was with him, so how will he fight me with Spence when I’m not with him? I’m moving forward in my career,” Crawford said (via Boxing News 24).
Arum, who denied the allegations, said Crawford and Spence wanted too much money. The stated amount at that time was around 9 to 10 million dollars. Going further into the lawsuit, Arum said Crawford’s problems were his own in terms of combat and marketing.
“Don’t call a man a racist when it’s because of your own failures,” Arum replied. “His marketability didn’t match that ability, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the race he is.” “The unique fact is that Terence’s PPV numbers have always been terrible because he has failed to make it.”
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The lawsuit adds that Floyd Mayweather made similar comments after ending his relationship with Top Rank. “Money,” which he claimed to earn less with Arum, also brought the idea of racial bias. Mikey Garcia, formerly of Top Rank, also filed a lawsuit against the promoter in 2014 over a dispute over his contract and his wallet. As a result, Garcia was away from the ring for more than two years.
Garcia’s lawyer, Brian Freedman, also represents Crawford. Unlike Garcia, according to Freedman, Crawford can handle everything that happens.
“It’s unfortunate that Top Rank didn’t behave properly with Terence and in fact spoke against him regularly,” Freedman told ESPN. out. Make no mistake, it’s a change of game. “
Arum has a history of working as a lawyer. He attended Harvard Law School, was a lawyer with the US Department of Justice, and worked with several major law firms.