Eddie Hearn’s Money Problem: How to Tempt Terence Crawford Into the Ring with ‘Boots’ Ennis

By Chris Williams - 04/11/2024 - Comments

Promoter Eddie Hearn must come up with enough money to motivate Terence Crawford to fight his new Matchroom addition, Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis. Hearn faces a massive financial burden of trying to come up with enough dough to allow Crawford to wet his beak to take the fight against the young lion, Boots.

Crawford’s Financial Focus

The promotional free agent Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) is at the career stage where he wants to feather his nest with as much money as possible before he retires soon. He’s nearing 37 and trying to maximize his earnings before he leaves the game.

Hearn will probably need to offer Crawford between $10-15 million for him to agree to fight Boots Ennis because it’s a risky fight for him, far tougher than any of his other matches during his 16-year career. Would Hearn be willing to lose much money to overpay Crawford to fight Boots Ennis?

Boots vs. Spence – A Different Story

Hearn will have to come up with the money if he wants to make the Crawford-Ennis fight happen. Crawford will never go anywhere near Boots if Hearn doesn’t pay him a king’s ransom for that fight. He’ll likely be trading in his unbeaten record for that cash. Crawford is so old and inactive now that he’d likely lose badly, and it would be a horrible way to leave the game.

Errol Spence was weight-drained and looked like a shell of himself in his recent fight against Crawford. It’ll be a different story against Boots because he won’t be weight-drained, dealing with eye problems or ring rust. It would be a hard fight for Crawford, and he could lose.

Lackluster Pre-Spence Performances

Before Crawford fought Spence, he’d looked average in his four previous fights against David Avanesyan, Kell Brook, Shawn Porter, and Egidijus Kavaliauskas. You can argue that Crawford suddenly looked good because Spence was so weight-drained, ring-rusty, and still reeling from his two car crashes.

“I think he can beat the likes of Spence and Crawford and all those guys. I’m going to get him active and show the world how great he is,” Eddie Hearn told Boxing News¬†about Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis.

Crawford wanted to fight Canelo Alvarez at 168, but without him proving himself against the top dogs, David Morrell Jr and David Benavidez, the Mexican star has turned a blind eye to his request.