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Arum: I’d love to stage Taylor vs Crawford in front of 60,000 in Edinburgh

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum says he is plotting a 2022 mega-fight between Scotland’s undisputed 140lbs king Josh Taylor and three-weight champion Terence Crawford in Edinburgh in 2022.

The Top Rank Chairman says if Taylor is able to repel the imminent challenge of Chorley’s WBO No.1 contender Jack Catterall then he will attempt to make the clash between the unbeaten pound-for-pound stars. Omaha’s Crawford is due to defend his WBO 147lbs crown in October though that is reportedly the last fight in his current contract with Top Rank.

WBO welterweight champion Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has already tasted victory in Scotland having outpointed Ricky Burns to win his first world title in Glasgow way back in March 2014. ‘Tartan Tornado’ Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) is currently at the pinnacle of the sport following his points victory over Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas to seal undisputed status in May.

“Josh is a major talent. He will be fighting Jack Catterall in November. Then, we hope, early next year we will be able to do a fight that will blow the lid off of everything in the UK. That would be Taylor challenging Crawford for the welterweight title,” Arum told Sky Sports.

“It would be primetime in the UK. We’d love to do it there in the spring with 60,000 people in Scotland. My grandson says Edinburgh is a fantastic city!”