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Stephen Espinoza Blames Crawford for Negotiation Failure for Spence Fight

Showtime president Stephen Espinoza has given insight into why the deal for the unification bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford could never reach any conclusion.

The WBA, WBC, and IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr. was poised to face Terence Crawford, the WBO belt holder, in a unification bout at the end of the last year. It was the fight that everyone wanted to see and was tipped to do huge business.

But it never happened as the negotiations fell apart midway. Now the Showtime president, Espinoza has revealed that it was Crawford whose stern terms led to the failure of arbitration, and ultimately cancellation of the bout.

“I think a lot of the dragging on was due to Terence’s own asks and the timetable he was responding.” Espinoza told Fight Hub TV

“It seemed like a lot of time would go by after each offer, and there was a stubbornness that dug in after certain points that we thought shouldn’t have been insurmountable.”

With the unification bout no longer there, Crawford went in a different direction defending his WBO title in a tremendous fashion against David Avanesyan in front of his home crowd at CHI Health Center, Omaha in December 2022.

So far Spence hasn’t got any fight lined up. He was last seen defending his titles against Yordenis Ugas in April last year where he forced the latter to retire on the stool after the end of the 10th round.


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