One of boxing’s top fighters will be back in the ring next month. Welterweight champion Terence Bud Crawford will square off against former titleholder Kell Brook, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum confirmed Wednesday. The fight is scheduled for Nov. 14 at a location that is yet to be determined, a source told ESPN.
Arum said the bout will be on a linear ESPN platform. The Top Rank executive opted against having Crawford fight on pay-per-view because of the financial strains caused by COVID-19. These networks have to understand how people are hurting, how many people in this country and in the U.K. are out of work because of this pandemic, Arum said. I think it’s really immoral to require people to spend money watching their favorite sport every week, every other week.
A location for Crawford-Brook is yet to be finalized, with sites in Las Vegas and Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, as potential options. Arum said the Lomachenko-Lopez fight, which will feature 250 spectators inside the Top Rank bubble at the MGM Grand Convention Center, will be a trial run for future fights that potentially could have fans.