BOB ARUM predicted Terence Crawford would knock out Errol Spence Jr in ‘the same number of rounds’ as he did against Kell Brook.
Crawford defended his WBO welterweight and pound-for-pound crown against Brook with a vicious round four finish.
Terence Crawford stopped Kell Brook on the ropes to end the fight in the fourth Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Errol Spence Jr stopped Brook in 11 rounds in 2017 Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Afterwards, attention turned to who could be the 33-year-old’s 38th opponent.
Arum revealed talks are still ongoing for the American to face Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, 41, in the Middle East before Ramadan on April 23.
But he is not confident WBC and IBF champion Spence – who fights Danny Garcia next month – will fancy a unification with Crawford.
And if he does, the legendary promoter does not give him much chance of getting into the fifth round.
Arum said: “Spence and Garcia are fighting on December 5.
“If they really want a big ppv I’ll put Crawford in with both of them on the same night and he beats both.
“The welterweights around now are not competitive with Crawford.
“Errol Spence will try to avoid Crawford for as long as he can. You saw the performance tonight.
“He’ll take out Spence in the same number of rounds as he did Kell Brook.”
After Crawford turned southpaw he began to have more success Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Brook fought at welterweight for the first time since 2017 when he lost his title against Spence in round 11.
The 34-year-old – having fought both the undefeated welterweight kings – was asked to compare their talent.
Brook said: “I can’t say he’d beat Spence or Porter as styles make fights.
“But he’s got good distance. Never in my career, even sparring that’s not happened to me.
Crawford stopped Brook on the ropes to end the fight in the fourth Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Terence Crawford victorious against Kell Brook to retain his WBO welterweight titleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“The fight’s over and I’m gutted. I was in great condition and bang on the scales. The fight’s gone and that’s that.”
Crawford took seven less rounds to beat Brook than Spence managed three years ago.
But he said: “It was different fights and gears and what not. Kell’s a tremendous talent. He was in shape and made the weight.
“He came in after a win not a lost, he just lost to the better man tonight.”
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