First and foremost, you want to focus on the human side of the situation, and make sure you are thinking about Errol Spence the human being, the daddy to two girls, in the context of his car accident.
You wonder, how is he healing? We’ve heard his injuries are much less dire than you might assume, being he flew out his sports-car. But until we see and hear from him, but of course, you are going to wonder.
And you will wonder, maybe, what might have been, if it turns out that his life and career trajectory have been altered by the late night speed racer routine…
Back to the boxing sphere, you hope you don’t wonder what might have been, vis a vis Spence, and super fights that would have been fashioned.
1A, which we HOPE hard isn’t a “what coulda-shoulda been” offering twenty years down the line, an Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford fight?
Promoter Bob Arum chatted with Ak and Barak of SiriusXM, and shared with listeners that headway had been made on fashioning that faceoff.
In the summer, when Arum sat down with Deontay Wilder adviser Al Haymon, while hashing out plans for a Wilder vs Tyson Fury re-match, which is due Feb. 22, 2020.
“I also raised Crawford and Spence,” the Brooklyn born Las Vegas resident, who turns 88 Dec. 8, said. “And he said that Spence was busy for the rest of 2019. And that we would definitely do that fight in 2020. That fight was gonna happen next year, unfortunately I don’t think it will now, because of the horrific crash that Spence had.”
Yes, it is doable, he reiterated…But now we wait, and see, and hope, that Spence is able to bounce back to his former form.
And, while on the subject of Arum, he did a hit on the Everlast TALKBOX podcast, and was as per usual, uninhibited, candid and controvesial.
I asked Arum about Deontay Wilders’ win over Luis Ortiz Nov. 23, in Las Vegas, with that one hitta quitta.
“Well, Wilder demonstrated to me two things. One, he’s piss poor as a boxer. He has no footwork, no rhythm, no style. Two, he’s the hardest punching son of a bitch I’ve ever seen. I mean, he can put you to sleep with that one hand. I know what your next question is. How’s he going to do with Fury on February 22nd? Well, I like my guy’s chances. I like Fury’s chances. Fury is a tremendous, tremendous boxer. You can box 12 rounds, but you’re going to get hit once in a while. Wilder has great power, but look what happened in the Ortiz fight. He hits Ortiz with a tremendous punch and gets Ortiz down. And Ortiz, 40-year-old, doesn’t take a great punch, doesn’t get up until after the referee counts ten. Fury is different. Fury can get knocked down, sure. Wilder knocked him down twice in the last fight that they had, but he gets up. He has tremendous recuperative power. And the thing I want to point out to you most, is what happened in the 12th round of the last Fury/Wilder fight. When Wilder landed his best punch and hit Fury as Fury was going down, perfectly legal. And Fury’s head hit the canvas, and it looked like he was dead for the next five minutes, and he rose before the count of 10. But the thing that’s important is what happened after that. He didn’t just go into survival mood. He went into attack mode and the rest of that fight, the last minute of that fight, he was punching the hell out of Wilder. So I like Fury really big in the fight with Wilder.”