By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Maybe it was a mere coincidence.
Or perhaps, as Elaine Benes once explained during an episode of “Seinfeld,” it was a “big coincidence.”
Whichever’s true, a couple hours after Danny Garcia dismantled Adrian Granados on Saturday night, Terence Crawford’s promoter determined that a fight against Garcia later this year wouldn’t be worth their time. Two weeks earlier, Bob Arum indicated to BoxingScene.com that he would again attempt to make a Crawford-Garcia fight if Crawford beat Amir Khan on Saturday night and Garcia defeated Granados.
Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, stopped England’s Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) in the sixth round of their WBO welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden, the main event of an ESPN Pay-Per-View show. Philadelphia’s Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs) dropped Granados (20-7-2, 14 KOs, 1 NC), of Cicero, Illinois, three times on his way to a seventh-round knockout FOX aired from Dignity Sports Health Park in Carson, California.
Late last year, one of Arum’s employees made Garcia a $4 million offer through his father/trainer, Angel Garcia, to challenge Crawford on Saturday night. Angel Garcia never responded to that offer, which led to Crawford facing Khan, whom Garcia knocked out in the fourth round of a July 2012 fight in Las Vegas
Garcia, like Errol Spence Jr., is represented by adviser Al Haymon. Even if that weren’t the impediment Arum claims it is toward putting together a Crawford-Garcia fight, Arum contends Crawford-Garcia no longer is the “real fight” he apparently considered it to be in the not-too-distant past.
Arum, 87, seems more interested now that Crawford has dismantled Khan in arranging a Crawford-Kell Brook bout for later this year.
England’s Brook (38-2, 26 KOs), Khan’s rival, is a former IBF welterweight champion Spence stopped in the 11th round nearly two years ago in Sheffield, Brook’s hometown. Brook sat ringside Saturday night to watch Crawford-Khan.
“You know, a lot of guys that we’re interested in fighting, like Kell Brook, has said that he wanted to fight Terence,” Arum told a group of reporters early Sunday morning. “And that’d be fun. I mean, the other guys that Haymon has, I’m not really interested in. [Shawn] Porter isn’t a real fight for Crawford. And [Danny] Garcia’s not a real fight. [Keith] Thurman isn’t. The fight that’s a real fight is Spence.”
Crawford-Spence is the welterweight title fight fans most want to watch, but Arum doesn’t believe that bout can be made, either (https://www.boxingscene.com/arum-haymon-tell-spence-listen-white-guys–138214).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.