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Why Arum Thinks Terence Crawford Better Positioned To Be Mega-Star Than Lomachenko



Bob Arum and Top Rank are in a pretty decent position in regards to their transitioning out of the Top Rank-Manny Pacquiao era, when Pacman was their lead dog and could pull the sled and all piled on with his superior star power.

Arum was on Everlast TALK BOX

,…and told us that he is working on Manny’s next fight, a rematch against Aussie upstart Jeff Horn, which could occur in November, and could well be Manny’s last fight. And then, whenever that occurs, and Manny moves on to make a go of it full time 24-7 in the politial arena, where does that leave Top Rank?

Well, their two other top building blocks are both pound for pound talents. Vasyl Lomachenko, the Ukrainian ring wiz who gets angles on his foes and makes solid hitters look sub ordinary, is building his fan base still. Arum told me that while Loma is to him the best boxer he’s seen since Muhammad Ali, the fighting pride of Omaha, Terence Crawford might be better positioned to be elevating to superstar status.

“Both of them are A sides, but probably Terence, because he’s American, because he’s African-American, he comes from the Midwest, I think has the greater potential to be a major superstar than Vasyl, who is learning English, comes from the Ukraine,” Arum said.

Talk to us, fight fans. Who do you see being the bigger deal in one, two and five years, Bud or Loma?

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.