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Terence Crawford says leaving Top Rank was one of the best decisions he ever made

Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Success in the sport of boxing has always been predicated on the ability of its participants to learn.

That extends to lessons taught on both sides of the ropes.

No one understands this more acutely than undisputed welterweight world champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31), who recently reflected on the change in his approach to the business side of the sport.

For years the 35-year-old switch-hitter from Omaha, Nebraska was tied to Top Rank, but he felt the promotional powerhouse wasn’t pushing his career forward that way he felt it should be.

When his contract expired in late 2021, he quickly moved on. Two fights later he staked his WBO belt against the WBC, WBA and IBF straps on Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29.

Nine rounds later he claimed his second undisputed world championship in two consecutive weight classes.

Crawford does not believe this would have been possible if he stuck with Top Rank, who he says not only failed to get him the fights he wanted, but also played cagey when it came to declaring the sort of money he could be earning.

“Boxing is one of the most corrupt sports there is,” Crawford said on Boardroom’s Out of Office.

“We’ll take a $5 million guarantee not knowing that there’s $30 million that we missed. I used to be that guy. ‘Let me take this [money] and just do my job. Let me sign this contract and get this guarantee.’ But once you get older and once you start noticing that you’re in control of your own business, ‘Okay, so let me see the contracts. Let me see what’s really coming in.’

“Once I started asking those type of questions or learning a little bit here and there, then it became a problem between me and my old promoter and at that point in time, I knew it was time to go.”

Now that Crawford has taken over control of his own career, he is now essentially a gun for hire. The working relationship he has forged with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions should prove a fruitful one with PBC having a strong stable of boxers in and around the 147-pound weight class.

Next up for Crawford will be a likely rematch with Spence, should the 33-year-old Texan southpaw want it. That bout could take place at 154-pounds.

One option that Crawford poured cold water on recently was a bout against Spence’s stablemate and current undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19).

Charlo is slated to jump up two weight divisions to face undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) in Las Vegas on September 30 but will be stripped of his WBO belt the moment the first bell rings.

“I really don’t have nothing to prove, I can walk away right now and I’ve contemplated that,” Crawford said on The Joe Rogan Experience.

“I do that every day, I wake up and think ‘do I still want to box?’ because I don’t need to box. I’ve done great with my money, I invested great with my money, I’ve got a lot of great businesses, I’ve got a lot of great things that I’m doing that generate money, so I don’t need boxing, I’m doing this for legacy.

“If Charlo moves up in weight [to fight Canelo] and they strip him of his belt, there is no need for me and Charlo to fight, because he is not undisputed.

“I’ve been saying that [he is next] for years, that I’m going to whoop Spence, then I’m gonna whoop [Charlo] and I meant that. But yeah, if he is not undisputed then that fight is not interesting to me no more because I’m trying to make all-time history.”