Shawn Porter did not want to be the first to test Terence Crawford
Two-time welterweight champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17ko) is a tough fight for anyone. He is one of the top welterweights in the division. So when it was announced that he was fighting WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28ko), fans got excited. Yet, Showtime was leery of making the fight in the beginning.
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the sport of boxing that will say Porter is an easy fight. The one thing everyone knows is he brings it and will fight you to the bitter end. It is the reason why fans are excited to see the two-time champion fight Crawford.
Bud took the welterweight title from around the waist of Jeff Horn back in 2018. Next, he easily defended the title four times against less than desirable opponents, such as past-prime fighters Amir Khan and Kell Brook. In the eyes of many fans, this is a step up for the WBO champion as the criticism of his welterweight resume was under attack.
FANS SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO SEE A DOMINANT CRAWFORD
During the media conference call, Porter revealed he was hesitant about being the first test for Crawford and explained why.
“I don’t want to be the first guy that he fights who people consider elite, and the reason why is because the worst is more than likely going to happen to him, and then everyone is going to look at him like he is not who he is.”
You are undoubtedly wondering what does Porter means by that last statement. Showtime has made it clear he plans on stopping Crawford.
“I’m flat out trying to knock this dude out because he is where he is, he is who he is, he’s done everything that he’s done, and I got to have that.”
Shawn Porter was gracious in complimenting the WBO champion for being an elite boxer. Nevertheless, he warned fans that Bud’s first time against a top fighter like himself is not going to be easy.
“You don’t want that first showing to be against one of the best elite boxers in the world, and it just happens to be the case with this fight. I think that while everyone is like, ‘alright, we finally get to see him against one of the best,’ they are not going to get what they’re used to seeing out of Terence Crawford.”
It all goes down live on PPV from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada on November 20.
By: Garrisson Bland