Eddie Hearn unsure about signing Terence Crawford after holding talks

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has held talks about signing free agent Terence Crawford but is undecided about whether to sign him or not.

The undefeated three-division world champion split from Top Rank and Bob Arum after his most recent win over Shawn Porter in November.

Crawford, 34, left Arum in order to secure the biggest fights possible although the other two welterweight champions are set to meet next.

Errol Spence Jr, the WBC and IBF titlist, will collide against WBA titlist Yordenis Ugas on April 16 at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.

It now leaves Crawford - the WBO titleholder - looking for an opponent and while Keith Thurman is an option, he's not a name that will cement his status as an all-time great.

Frustratingly for Crawford, the welterweight division is at its weakest in decades following the retirements of Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya in the last 15 years.

Hearn spoke about Crawford and admitted he has the same problem Arum had in delivering the big fights for one of boxing's Pound for Pound best.

"I've had a couple of chats with his management. The problem Top Rank had is they couldn't deliver him the fights, I'm in the same position, being quite honest.

"Can I deliver him the fights that generate money, the fights that give him a legacy, the fights that interest him? I'm not sure.

"So we have to really look at that and say 'can we deliver for him on the level that he wants to, probably financially, and that's the problem that Top Rank had.

Terence Crawford

"Terence Crawford is an amazing fighter, Pound for Pound great, but he needs a dance partner, and unfortunately for Terence, a lot of those dance partners are on PBC who will want to tie him into a long term deal for giving him that opportunity," Hearn added. "Terence probably doesn't want to play that game so we'll see what happens.

"I don't think Errol Spence really wants to fight Terence Crawford in all honesty. I think he's gonna fight Ugas - those guys have just got to lose a little bit of a chip on their shoulder to think they're bigger than each other.

"Like it's a 50/50 split, of course it is. 'Oh, I did more PPVs' f**k, like neither of you are massive draws on your own.

"Fight each other if you want to prove who's the best if you truly believe you can win. Unfortunately in boxing, you don't see that very much."

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