The working relationship between WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Top Rank’s Bob Arum has already ended on a rocky note. Now things are getting serious, as Crawford sues Arum and Top Rank, chasing nearly $ 10 million against Arum after he alleged “an appalling racist bias” that kept him from getting big fights for the champion.
By a copy of the trial obtained by the New York Post, Crawford alleges breach of contract and fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation. Crawford, 34, signed with Top Rank in 201 but had a history of struggling to produce fights against top contenders in his division. The champion also discussed Arum’s comments against him, as well as the lack of commitment to secure fights against WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., among others.
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The lawsuit then alleged the following regarding Arum and Top Rank:
“For years professional boxers and others in the sports world have called out Top Rank owner Bob Arum for his disparate treatment of black boxers, including those same black boxers that Top Rank is contractually obligated to promote. .
“Because it’s boxing, a sport with a checkered history, and because Arum is now dismissed as just a cranky old white man, Arum continues to make racist and fanatic statements and willfully damage the reputation of black boxers without any consequences. This is usually because the boxers concerned, who are on a long-term contract with Top Rank, fear that if they speak out they will be sidelined and not given the opportunity to fight for the duration. of their contract, which could be five to seven years. It’s painfully clear that Top Rank, and Arum in particular, judges people based on their race.
“Arum’s sordid history with athletes of color, especially black fighters, and his bias toward white and Latino fighters is well documented and known in the boxing world.”
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A Golden Gloves silver medalist, Crawford made his professional debut in 2008. Crawford became welterweight champion in 2014 and in 2017 held the WBO, WBO, WBA and IBF titles. Crawford in 2018 defeated Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title. He has defended the belt five times, the last fight being a TKO victory in November over Shawn Porter.
Crawford’s lawsuit alleges proxy fighters broke contracts, while detailing how much Crawford was paid for the fighting: In 2018, Crawford won $ 3.5 million against Jose Benavidez Jr. and $ 4.8 million dollars against Amir Khan; In 2020, he was paid $ 3.5 million to fight Kell Brook. With just one fight in 2019, Crawford is owed $ 4.5 million for a second unreserved fight.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford said he did not want to take a pay cut. He wanted to do more before his Top Rank contract ended. His lawsuit alleges he made $ 6 million against Porter.
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During this time, Crawford was part of the main event of all shows produced by Top Rank. Although he is considered the best boxer by many in the sport, there has been some debate regarding the caliber of opponents Crawford faced while he was with Top Rank.
After Porter’s fight, Crawford spoke to the media – with Arum by his side – at the post-fight press conference. Crawford was honest when he said he was moving on, saying Top Rank didn’t help secure a fight with Spence, who signed with Premier Boxing Champions.
“Bob (Arum) couldn’t insure me (Errol) Spence fight when I was with him, so how is he going to insure me Spence fight when I’m not with him?” I’m moving forward with my career, ”said Crawford (via Boxing News 24).
Arum, who denied the allegations, said Crawford and Spence wanted too much money. The amount reported at the time was around $ 9-10 million. Going deeper into the lawsuit, Arum said Crawford’s issues are his when it comes to combat and marketing.
“Don’t call a man a racist when it really is because of your own failures,” Arum replied. “His market value was not up to that capacity and it has absolutely nothing to do with his race. … The remarkable fact is that Terence’s PPV numbers have always been appalling due to his inability to sell.
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The lawsuit adds that Floyd Mayweather made similar comments after his relationship with Top Rank ended. “Argent,” who claimed to earn less with Arum, also brought up the idea of racial prejudice. Mikey Garcia, formerly under the Top Rank banner, also took legal action against the developer in 2014, based on a dispute over his contract and scholarships. This resulted in Garcia’s absence from the ring for more than two years.
Garcia’s attorney, Brian Freedman, also represents Crawford. Unlike Garcia, according to Freedman, Crawford can handle whatever goes on.
“It is unfortunate that Top Rank did not treat Terence properly and in fact spoke out against him on a regular basis,” Freedman said. says ESPN. “Unlike other boxers bound by Top Rank contracts, Terence can make his claims in court without Top Rank forcing him to sit down. Make no mistake, this is a game changer.”
Arum has a history of working as a lawyer. He attended Harvard Law School, was a lawyer in the US Department of Justice, and worked with a few leading law firms.