One great plan fell through, but fear not, another plan is already in motion to take its place.
Unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA (Regular) middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs are currently in the midst of negotiations for a title fight, but said negotiations are not going as smoothly as planned and HBO’s set date for that fight is now empty.
Dec. 10 was the evening set to feature Golovkin vs. Jacobs, but another one of HBO’s top boxing stars is working to fill that slot and get his third fight of the year in after all.
Unified lineal junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford was not originally going to fight again this calendar year, even though he wanted to. HBO did not have the open dates nor money to fit him in on the schedule, but once that Golovkin-Jacobs slot was opened up, plans were quickly put into motion.
“We’re hoping to get it done and hoping to get a good opponent,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN. “We’re working on Dec. 10 for Crawford, but we and HBO only want to do it if it’s a significant fight.
“We had a date on HBO in January, and they asked us if Crawford could move to December once they lost the Golovkin fight, and Crawford was OK with that.”
Arum hopes to get Crawford’s bout in the arena which Crawford has become quite familiar with, given it sits in the center of his hometown, Omaha, Nebraska. Creighton University has a basketball game already set to take place at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center that night, but Arum is working to see if changes can be made.
“We’ll see what happens. We’re talking to them about trying to clear the date,” Arum said. “If they can’t do it, we’ll have to look to see where else we can go, but Terence is a great draw in Omaha.”
Crawford last fought in July when he faced Viktor Postol in a unification bout to determine the true No. 1 fighter of the division. Crawford won in a one-sided unanimous decision.