Crawford & Brook Set For
The pound-for-pound king, WBO welterweight world champion
Terence Crawford, renewed acquaintances with Kell Brook
Wednesday afternoon, nearly nine months after they had a
brief conversation at the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury 2
weigh-in inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This time, they
sat six feet apart on a socially distanced press conference
dais three days before their championship showdown, which
will air LIVE on ESPN and Deportes (10 p.m. ET), and
exclusively on Premier Sports in the UK. When it came time
to face off, they edged closer, neither man willing to give
In the co-feature ó a rematch of one of the most memorable
Bubble bouts ó WBA super flyweight world champion Joshua "El
Profesor" Franco will attempt to repeat the deed against
Andrew "The Monster" Moloney. Franco upset Moloney via
unanimous decision on June 23, as Moloney faded in the later
rounds after suffering a pair of perforated eardrums.
At the press conference, this is what they had to say.
ďIíve always felt that Iím number one pound-for-pound in the
world. This is what I do.Ē
ďIím not the one to quit on a fight, but I canít say the
same about him. I wish him the best."
ďAt the end of the day, this is nothing new to me. I have
fought in an arena where there are 50 people. I'll go in
there and get the job done as I always do.Ē
"Iíve been after this fight for a long time. Iím more than
ready! Iím in the best condition of my life, and Iím ready
to become a two-time world champion. Iím like fine wine. Iím
getting better as I get older. Iím ready."
ĒI think Terence knows Iím not an easy fight. I want him to
bring the best out of me. Iím pushing myself to perform the
best I can. I pulled myself away from my family and from all
the distractions. Iím making the sacrifice of being away
from my family because I want to be great."
ďIt will be great for the UK for me to come through and
become world champ against the number one fighter in the
world. I know who Terence is, and thatís why I have prepared
the way I have. Iím a big welterweight, and I can punch with
both hands. This is what I do. The talking is done. All the
work has been done. Itís time to perform."
ďItís great to be back in The Bubble, and now that I have
the title, it is even better. I have more confidence and Iím
getting better. I have the confidence of having Robert
(Garcia) in my corner. That is great. He has great
experience. We are looking for better opportunities after
ďIíve never been so determined to do something in my life.
Iím thankful for the opportunity to redeem myself. For the
past five months, I have prepared myself to leave with that
belt around my waist. That belt means everything to me. Itís
my sonís future. Iím not leaving without it."
ďIt wasnít my best night, but you are going to see a much
better fighter this time around. He is going to think he is
in the ring with a different fighter."
ESPN & ESPN Deportes, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Terence Crawford vs. Kell Brook, 12 rounds, Crawford's WBO
welterweight world title
Joshua Franco vs. Andrew Moloney 2, 12 rounds, Franco's WBA
super flyweight world title
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