A deal has been struck, and a purse bid, averted for an early February lightweight clash in Scotland between unbeaten Terence Crawford, of Omaha, Neb., and British WBO titleholder Ricky Burns, according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
The agreement between Crawford’s promoter, Top Rank, and Burns’ promoter, Matchroom Sport, precluded a purse bid slated for the WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that had been set by WBO President Paco Valcarcel for Monday. The two sides had been given 30 days from Nov. 11 to reach the deal.
“We have an agreement within the deal that all of the officials for the fight will be neutral officials,” Arum said of the bout that will take place on Feb. 8 or Feb. 22. “That’s been approved by the WBO and approved by both camps.”
Burns (36-2-1, 11 knockouts) has undergone surgery to repair the broken jaw he sustained during September’s controversial draw against Raymundo Beltran, a Top Rank-promoted fighter who dropped Burns in the eighth round.
Meanwhile, Crawford (22-0, 16 KOs) was last in the ring for October’s unanimous decisioned Andrey Klimov.
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