HomeBoxingTerence Crawford Vs. Josh Taylor In Scotland Slated For Early 2022 Says Bob Arum — Boxing News
Terence Crawford Vs. Josh Taylor In Scotland Slated For Early 2022 Says Bob Arum — Boxing News
July 8, 2021
Promoter Bob Arum says Josh Taylor can be transferring as much as 147 to problem Terence Crawford for his WBO welterweight title in early 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Arum sees the Crawford vs. Taylor combat being an enormous one for the UK market.
Arum is predicting the Crawford-Taylor combat will happen in entrance of 60,000 followers in Scotland.
Earlier than he challenges the unbeaten Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) early subsequent yr, undisputed mild welterweight champion Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) can be defending his 4 140-lb belts in opposition to his WBO obligatory Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) in November within the UK.
That’s anticipated to be a simple combat for Taylor, who is selecting to take the combat as a result of he had an settlement with Catterall that he would face him after his Could twenty second undisputed championship bout in opposition to Jose Ramirez.
Taylor barely edged WBC/WBO 140-lb champion, Ramirez, beating him by a 12 spherical unanimous resolution by the scores 114-112 x 3. The knockdowns Taylor scored within the sixth and seventh rounds proved the distinction within the combat.
For Taylor to beat Crawford, he’ll want to boost his recreation significantly to what we noticed in opposition to Ramirez. Crawford is an even bigger puncher than Ramirez and extra defensively sound.
The counter-punching and switch-hitting capability of Crawford add to already current boxing expertise, making him arduous to beat.
With that mentioned, Crawford hasn’t fought shortly, he’s getting outdated at 33, and the one true high quality fighter he’s fought throughout his 13-year skilled profession was Yuriorkis Gamboa. Taylor can be an enormous step up at school for Crawford, and he is probably not prepared for it.
“Josh [Taylor] is a significant expertise,” Bob Arum of High Rank mentioned to Sky Sports activities. “He can be combating Jack Catterall in November.
“Then, we hope, early subsequent yr, we can do a combat that may blow the lid offof every little thing within the UK.
“That might be Taylor difficult Crawford for the welterweight title.
“It will be primetime within the UK. We’d like to do it there within the spring with 60,000 individuals in Scotland.”
This may very well be the final combat for Crawford with High Rank, as his contract with them is predicted to be up.
Crawford can be combating on October twenty third, presumably in opposition to 140-pounder Jose Zepeda.
Though that’s supposedly Crawford’s final combat on his current contract with High Rank, it appears like Arum has labored a deal to maintain him with the corporate.
Crawford has been caught combating lesser guys throughout his profession, however that’s not essentially High Rank’s fault. He’s obtained a tough model to combat together with his counter-punching, switch-hitting, and extremely cellular approach of combating.
Crawford is somebody that the highest promoters aren’t keen to place their fighters in with. So even when Crawford leaves High Rank, he might find yourself in the identical boat as he’s been in, dealing with the lesser opposition.
You possibly can’t say Josh Taylor is a lesser man. He’s the #1 fighter at 140, however sadly, he doesn’t combat at 147, and he’s not an enormous identify in the USA but.
“I imagine in my very own capability. I imagine I’ve fought higher opposition than Crawford has,” mentioned Josh Taylor. “He hasn’t fought the perfect opponents in his division. He’s fought good fighters.”
Crawford has fought some good fighters like Ricky Burns, Gamboa, Viktor Postol, Jose Benavidez, and Jeff Horn. Nevertheless, these guys aren’t in the identical league as Errol Spence Jr and Manny Pacquiao at 147.
Arum was making an attempt to place a combat collectively not too long ago between Pacquiao and Crawford in Abu Dhabi, however he couldn’t get it accomplished.
If IBF/WBC welterweight champion Spence Jr (27-0, 21 KOs) defeats Pacquiao subsequent month on August twenty first, we may see a combat between Errol and Crawford in 2022 in some unspecified time in the future.