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Terence Crawford to leave Top Rank after October fight

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"Better late than never" is a phrase many die-hard fight fans may be repeating throughout the spring of 2022.

For the past several years, the real bosses of boxing, the long-suffering fans of the sport, have clamored to see the two recognized best fighters at 147 pounds "get it on" to determine supremacy in the talent enriched welterweight division.

But because of money, politics, COVID or whatever the reason, Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. has not materialized. And for anyone keeping score, it hasn't even come close to happening.

As a result, avid fans of Errol Spence Jr. have religiously blamed Bud's current promoter, Top Rank, Inc, for the fight not taking place up to this point, while Bud's fanbase has consistently held Team Spence and power adviser Al Haymon responsible for not seeing the elite level match-up thus far.

Whatever the case may be, longtime co-trainer Red Spikes insists that the Crawford/Spence superfight may be right around the corner.

The loyal Team Crawford member recently made the long-awaited claim that his fighter will no longer be working with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum after his contract expires in October.

"I'm not going to speak on it, but things are coming to fruition right now and things are about to get 'real', real quick," Coach Red recently stated during a conversation with "Bernie tha Boxer" on YouTube.

"October is the final month of Bud's contract. We have a disgruntled promotional company that's promoting us, and they aren't going to give us s***"

"But they owe us $4 million. So we're going to fight Jose Zepeda for $4 f***ing million, and that will be that!"

Subsequent to recent comments made by promoter Bob Arum, discussing a potential match-up between Bud and current undisputed Jr. Welterweight champion Josh Taylor for a potential Spring 2022 fight date, many fans and critics perceived the 89-year-old promoter's words as a clear indication that Top Rank was still very much invested in the Terence Crawford business.

According to Red Spikes, that couldn't be further from the truth. Spikes did more than merely insinuate that Crawford would indeed be leaving the Hall of Fame promoter after fulfilling his existing contractual obligation later this year.

Apparently, Bud will be severing his longtime partnership with Top Rank, Inc, due to numerous promises the promotional company couldn't keep.

"They promised us the Pacquiao fight. They promised us all these things. But when it came to the corner, it didn't happen. Then we were stuck. Just like many other fighters before us were."

"Oscar De La Hoya left Top Rank. Manny Pacquiao left Top Rank. Floyd Mayweather left Top Rank for the same reasons."

"If y'all know your history, you know that the best fighters in the world were with Top Rank at some point in time. But the business wasn't right, and they left and got their s*** right."

"That's what's going to happen after Bud's contract expires in October."

The news may come as a surprise to some, but a welcomed revelation to most, as the great majority of the boxing community have hoped for the promotional split.

With the departure, fans may finally get to see Terence Crawford lock horns with Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Yordenis Ugas, and current IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr.

Coach Red warns Spence's most ardent sympathizers and Bud's biggest detractors that the inevitable is drawing nearer...should Errol get past eight-division boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on August 21.

Should both fighters remain undefeated following their respective match-ups this year, will fans finally get to see Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. in 2022?

"So all y'all laughing and joking, talking about resumes and all this s***, but we're going to get the last laugh. It's coming to fruition right now!"

"Y'all tell Spence to stay at 147 for another fight, and we'll fight him next when we're a free agent. We'll go knock on Al Haymon's door and be like, hey, we're not with Bob Arum no more, so what's the excuse now? What y'all want to do now?"

"And the best thing about this situation is that Bud is still in his prime. He ain't no 36 or 37-year-old man. Bud is still in his prime and working harder than anybody in the sport today."

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