After serious talks and negotiations, the fight between Terence Crawford and Kell Brook is finally on, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum confirmed Wednesday. ESPN reported, citing an unnamed source, that the welterweight bout is now set for Nov. 14, with the venue still to be determined. Locations in Las Vegas and Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, are being considered as possible venues, the report said.
The headliner will be the first bout for both Crawford and Brook since the start of the pandemic. The undefeated American has not fought since beating Egidijus Kavaliauskas via technical knockout in December 2019, while Brook last entered the ring in February when he pulled off a seventh-round KO victory over Mark DeLuca.
The upcoming card, however, will not be available on pay-per-view as organizers had to adjust amid the continuing economic challenge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These networks have to understand how people are hurting, how many people in this country and in the U.K. are out of work because of this pandemic,” Arum said as he revealed that the event will be on a linear ESPN platform.