Following Terence Crawford’s detailed breakdown of his side of the story, his would-be opponent, Errol Spence Jr, has responded with his own version of events.
It seemed the sport of boxing was closer than ever to a super fight between Crawford and Spence. With negotiations seemingly ongoing, some fans were confident we might even see it this year. Then, all of a sudden, bits of information around stumbling blocks started leaking. Before we knew it, Crawford has signed a deal with little-known promotional outfit, BLK Prime, to face European Welterweight Champion, David Avanesyan.
Crawford yesterday told fans that the fall out came around because he was given no guarantees and there was a lack of transparency. He accused Spence of not being the boss and having to answer to too many people – as well as saying that he had a $50 million offer on the table which Spence’s promoter, Al Haymon, refused point blank.
Now, and unsurprisingly, Spence has had his say. He took to Twitter to refute Crawford’s claims.
“He claims that his concerns over having transparency on the revenues and expenses for the fight was the big issue that killed the negotiations. my side agreed to show him everything.”
“The draft included specific provisions that required that both of us would receive “a complete and full” “written detailed accounting” showing all “pay-per-view sales of the Event and the then status of all Net Revenues received and all Event Expenses incurred and paid.””
“If I’m not telling the truth tell him post the draft.”
“He talking about he didn’t have a guarantee and he was taking all the risk [motherf***ker] I didn’t have a guarantee just a higher percentage!”
“All money not good money I asked him where the 50 mill coming from who is over the hedge fund/ putting the money up he couldn’t tell me… I think we all need to just meet in person.”
“He said I wasn’t at the table or know where to be found. for what[?} I knew what I was projected to get & happy with it to be honest that hedge fund deal was for your benefit.”
“Facts is I’m fighting somebody else, he is to but a (tune up)”
You do & we gave you everything you asked for 3 things that was already in the first contract https://t.co/liTe3s6q4b
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) November 3, 2022
And just like that, it seems that the fight is further away than ever. Crawford, as mentioned, puts his WBO belt on the line against Avanesyan on December 10. Spence is rumoured to defend his WBC, IBF, and WBA titles against Keith Thurman a week later.