Terence Crawford fully focused on Shawn Porter
On paper, there is no denying that Shawn “Showtime” Porter (31-3-1, 17 KO’s) is WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford’s (37-0, 28 KO’s) toughest challenger to date. The former world champion has the stamina, skill, experience, toughness and grit to bring Hell on Earth for Crawford. In fact, there has been no one fighter on his entire resume that can say they had an easy night in the office with Porter.
Naturally, Terence Crawford is not losing much sleep over his upcoming assignment. Sure, he knows that Showtime is a monster and he is preparing for him like the leviathan that he is. At the same time however, Bud just can’t see being stressed when he has the skillset that he has. Instead of sweating bullets, as he told Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast, he’d rather take into account all the things that he stands to lose and harness that for motivation.
“This is another fight for me that catapults me into bigger and better things later on in the future. There is a lot riding on this fight for Shawn but as well as me too. You know my title is on the line, my recognition is on the line, so there is a lot on the line for both of us. But I don’t worry about things like that. I just focus on the task at hand and make sure that it gets done.”
It’s been a while since either of them have fought. In fact, both will have been out of action for year when they collide. Porter last dusted off, outclassed and outpointed the German import Sebastain Formella on August 22, 2020. Conversely, Bud last threw to the ropes to rough up and stop the badly faded Kell Brook on November 14, 2020.
Yet, while the last outing for the two competitors might be fuzzy, the WBO champion is rather hazy on when Porter was able to end a fight. Yet, once again, that’s not to say that Crawford is thinking lightly about Showtime. If anything, it’s quite the opposite.
“I can’t remember the last time that Shawn Porter got a stoppage. I’m not trying to be funny or anything, I’m not taking him lightly at all either. But that’s a long shot! Him stopping me [that is] …Shawn Porter is a great fight and on November 20 we’re going to put on a tremendous show and it’s going to be a barnburner!”
Regardless of who prevails in this upcoming potential classic, it doesn’t matter who walks away with the belt because the fans win, no matter what. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that everyone makes it to the ring come November 20 without any sour curveballs!
By: Bakari Simpson