Unified super lightweight champion Terence Crawford told No Sparring last weekend after the Manny Pacquiao fight that IBF Champion Eduard Troyanovsky had turned him down when Top Rank offered Troyanovsky the chance to fight on HBO in a unification match on December 10th.
Many pundits saw Troyanovsky as a good opponent for Crawford who eventually settled on John Molina. Troyanovsky is a hard hitter with a near 90% KO ratio to go along with his undefeated 25-0 record.
The Russian has been missing a big fight from his resume and could’ve received exponential exposure on HBO and an excellent payday relative to what he’s been making had he accepted the Crawford offer. Bob Arum, Crawford’s promoter at Top Rank, had told media outlets that they needed “more time” to negotiate that fight though Troyanovsky is now slated to return on December 3rd, one week before Crawford.
Ed Troyanovsky didn’t sound confident in his ability to beat Crawford when interviewed by Boxingscene.com last month as he “partially agreed” that Crawford was on another level than him. That being said, Troyanovsky has wanted a unification fight with Ricky Burns, though Burns himself is more interested in fighting American Adrien Broner.
For a champion with such an impressive record yet so unknown to most of the boxing public, one would think he’d be more willing to take chances or at least want to challenge himself as a professional boxer and fight the best, who all agree is Terence Crawford.