Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum is fine with being called many things — but not a racist.
Arum is currently the target of a lawsuit filed by WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford earlier this year.
Crawford — who recently departed Top Rank once his contract expired having not seen eye-to-eye with Arum — filed the lawsuit accusing the latter of sabotaging his career among other things.
The lawsuit — which claimed Arum “launched a smear campaign against Crawford to paint him as an unexciting, unprofitable fighter who could not draw viewers” — also painted the Top Rank boss as a racist.
That’s something Arum still doesn’t appreciate.
“The allegations are stupid,” Arum said in a recent interview (via Boxing Scene). “I don’t even pay attention to them. You can call me a lot of things.
“You may call me cheap, you may call me greedy, if you want – there’s a debate on that – but don’t call me racist. That’s, like, f——- stupid.”
While Arum did and still respects Crawford’s ability as a fighter, he maintains his belief that “Bud” was far from a draw and never helped himself either.
“As far as Top Rank is concerned, as far as I’m concerned, Terence is a wonderful fighter, one of the best fighters no question about it, but he didn’t help at all in any of the promotions because he was the kind of fighter that siphoned himself off,” Arum said. “He would prepare like a son of a b*tch, and he would work real hard, but that hurt us to some extent promoting his fights. That’s why the results that we got in the promotions…left a lot to be desired.
“What he got in the ring was tremendous, because he never came into the ring not fully prepared and focused.”
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