PBC In Huge Trouble As Crawford And Canelo Leave – ‘PBC Is Finished’

February 27, 2024
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PBC In Huge Trouble As Crawford And Canelo Leave - 'PBC Is Finished'

Terence Crawford is no longer with PBC after his one-fight deal expired. 

Crawford’s deal included the Errol Spence Jr. rematch, which broke down. Bud had stopped The Truth to become the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era. That win also made him a two-weight undisputed champion, the first person to ever have done so in the four-belt era. 

Showtime’s decision to exit boxing at the end of last year complicated talks over the Spence rematch. PBC signed a new deal with Amazon Prime Video, but the Spence rematch was off after Bud became frustrated by Spence’s excuses for his loss. Spence blamed his vision problems after Bud’s jabs hit him as he announced he underwent cataract surgery on his right eye. Now, Bud is open to talking to other promoters. 

Crawford Leaves

“Terence Crawford is reportedly now a free agent. It’s claimed Crawford signed a one-fight deal with Al Haymon’s PBC for Errol Spence and the scheduling window for the rematch clause has expired, meaning he is a promotional/broadcaster free agent. [According to @MikeCoppinger]

Crawford’s next steps are likely to be with DAZN. He had been chasing the Canelo Alvarez fight, which would allow him to become a three-weight undisputed champion. The Mexican recently announced he was leaving PBC after they failed to give him the $35 million guarantee for the Jermall Charlo fight. Canelo is likely to face Jaime Munguia and then Edgar Berlanga in his next two fights. If Bud signs with DAZN, he could throw himself into the mix. 

“Canelo Alvarez has reportedly now “mutually agreed” to split from Al Haymon’s PBC as they couldn’t agree terms for a Jermall Charlo fight on May 4th. It’s claimed that Canelo may now face Edgar Berlanga in May and Jaime Munguia in September. [According to @MikeCoppinger]

Crawford’s Future

At the same time, Crawford is unlikely to sign another deal with PBC. With Canelo leaving, their most prominent fighter on the roster is Gervonta Davis. Tank infamously claimed Bud had a glass chin before the Spence fight. Once Crawford stopped Spence, Bud called on Davis to move up to 147 if he wanted that fight. That is unlikely to happen since Davis has never fought above 140. 

There is also no reason for Crawford to go back to Top Rank. He left on negative terms and sued Top Rank for $10 million. The lawsuit was based on claims that black fighters were not being promoted properly under the company. While there is a possible Teofimo Lopez fight available, the lawsuit makes that unlikely. 

“For years, professional boxers and others in the sports world have called out Top Rank’s owner Bob Arum for his disparate treatment of Black boxers, including those very same Black boxers that Top Rank is contractually obligated to promote,” Crawford’s side stated

“Absurd. My whole career — I may have made mistakes — but one thing I cannot be accused of is being a racist. I have promoted scores of top Black boxers. We have promoted a number of pay-per-view fights for Terence, all of which have lost money, a lot of money, then to claim we purposely and deliberately lost money because we are racist is nonsense. It is part of what is wrong with our culture,” Bob Arum revealed 

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