Terence Crawford v Shawn Porter Welterweight Showdown Locked-in!
At long last, three-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28KOs) will take on a marquee welterweight. On November 20 in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay he will face two-time welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (31-3-1, 17KOs). This will be his fifth title defense. A purse bid was on schedule for today, September 14. However, both PBC and Top Rank reached an agreement hours before.
THE FIGHT IS ON!
After the WBO made Porter the mandatory, in July, immense pressure was placed on Top Rank and Crawford to get this deal done. A former undisputed junior welterweight champion, Bud has been criticized for his lack of quality competition at welterweight. With this fight now official, fans can rejoice and look forward to this tantalizing matchup!
Porter has shared the ring with a plethora of top tier fighters. This list includes Devon Alexander, Kell Brook, Yordenis Ugas, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. He’s 4-3 in those fights, and has provided great tests for all of the men mentioned. Often criticized for his fighting style, which includes roughhousing tactics, occasional headbutts and a non traditional fighting style, the Ohio native simply brings it once he steps in the ring.
Porter will be an underdog heading into this matchup. Still, his big-fight experience and championship pedigree make this fight quite appealing. Crawford knows he’s going to have to be clicking on all cylinders to keep his unbeaten record and WBO title. The winner of this fight will be in prime position for a huge unification bout against either unified champion Errol Spence or WBA champion Yordenis Ugas. Spence v Ugas could very well happen in 2022.
Buckle up people because there’s a huge showdown coming our way on November 20!
By: Jerrell Fletcher