Top Rank CEO Bob Arum would like to match unbeaten WBO lightweight titleholder Terence Crawford against the winner of Saturday night's bout between former title challengers Raymundo Beltran and Arash Usmanee, which will take place on the undercard of Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao.
Arum said he envisions a matchup this summer in Council Bluffs, Iowa, adjacent to Crawford's hometown of Omaha, Neb. Crawford (23-0, 16 knockouts), 26, was last in the ring for a dominant, title-winning decision over Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 1.
"Terence is terrfic. He's a great figher and a great success story," said Arum. "He won the fight conclusively. He's the lightweight champion."
A winner of eight title defenses, Burns (36-3-1, 11 KOs) was returning to the site where he scored a controversial draw with Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) last September. Burns' jaw was badly broken in the fight, requiring the surgical implantation of titanium plates.
In his past two fights, the 32-year-old Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) has lost by unanimous decision to unbeaten Rances Barthelemy and battled to a draw with then-IBF titleholder Argenis Mendez in January 2013 and last August, respectively.
"We'll see what happens on Saturday night, because I would like the winner of that fight to fight [Crawford]. This summer, he'll be defending his title in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is three minutes from downtown Omaha," said Arum. "That's where the casinos are and so forth. So the fight might not be held in Omaha, but it will be in Council Bluffs, which is the same thing."