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Terence Crawford To Battle At MSG, Dec. 14, Likely Vs. Kavaliauskas

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We are now headed to the home stretch in the year of boxing 2019, with boxing plans being made for September, October, November and even December.

To that end, promoter Bob Arum shared on Everlast’s TALKBOX podcast today (Tuesday) that his Nebraska ace Terence Crawford will next glove up in New York City, at Madison Square Garden.

The date?

Arum said that his company is looking to December 14, in Manhattan, with foe TBD.

Next week, the 87 year old Brooklyn born Las Vegas resident said, the TR crew will see what’s what within the WBO. Crawford has their 147 strap and they’d maybe like to do a mandatory defense.

That would mean Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0; age 31) would seek to dethrone Crawford, who owns a 35-0 mark.

“Hopefully we’ll have a title defense by Terence Crawford, Michael Conlan is scheduled to fight on that card, and if the hand comes around, and it’s in good shape, Carl Frampton will also be on that card,” Arum said. “So it’s a big night in MSG after the Heisman trophy is awarded. If the WBO says that he has to fight a mandatory, then he’ll fight Kavaliaskuas. We’ll be meeting with Paco Valcarcel, the president of the WBO, in London next week, and we’ll be able to work that out.”

MORE FROM ARUM…

Bob Arum checked in with Talkbox, and as per usual, he offered up a mix of opinion, and straight up promotion of his company’s slate, in patented manner.

Bob Arum said he spoke to David McWater, the advisor to Teofimo Lopez, and McWater assured him that Teofimo is taking care of business. Lopez in November or December will fight IBF 135 champ Richard Commey and is getting clarity on the home matters that have been getting under his skin, Arum thinks.

Kubrat Pulev is now fighting under the Top Rank banner, and he’s waiting to see how it plays out with that Andy Ruiz v Anthony Joshua rematch goes. If it occurs Dec. 7. as planned, Pulev would get the winner of that one, as the No. 1 ranked fighter in the heavyweight class according to the IBF. The IBF ruled that Pulev must meet the winner of the Ruiz-AJ sequel by next May…so, TR boss Arum said Pulev would fight on a TR card in November or December, “to keep him busy.”

And then we talked politricks for a quick beat…who is he liking in the Dem horse race? “My ticket is Joe Biden for President and Amy Klobuchar for vice president, I think that ticket will do extraordinarily well in the Midwest.” The five states in play, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin…win three of the five, and the Dems will take back the White House, Arum said. Get the three, and Biden will be President, he said.

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