Terence Crawford Versus Shawn Porter in November…Ideally!
After years of facing fighters that displeased the fans, WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KO’s) has an exciting opponent next…we hope. According to Top Rank founder Bob Arum, he is rounding home on a deal to face Shawn “Showtime” Porter (31-3-1, 17 KO’s).
If everything stays the course then the two friends turned professional foes will clash on November 20 at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas. This will certainly come as exciting news to boxing fans.
Now this goes without saying, Mr. Arum has told us before that a big announcement was pending for his charge. Back in March, the boxing world awaited for an announcement that Crawford would be facing a major opponent. However, that announcement never came.
But this time it’s different. Porter is actually Crawford’s mandatory as the WBO made an order in July for this fight to take place.
Like him or not, hate or love his style, Shawn Porter, ranked #1 (WBC), #2 (WBO) and #2 (IBF), always makes his opponents work and he stays in an action packed barnburner. Porter would also be, by leaps and bounds, Crawford’s most decorated and experienced opponent to date. Showtime is just one fight removed from his November 28, 2019 instant classic with unified champ Errol Spence Jr.
If the fight does come together this will be fantastic news for Crawford whether he realizes it or not. The Nebraskan native has carried himself as if his opposition is meaningless. As if to say, merely watching him perform is sufficient enough for the viewing public.
While this may be the thought pattern of the WBO champion it is not the sentiments of the paying customers. This is why Showtime will be such a refreshing change of pace. Given that Bud makes good on his word and makes Porter look like easy work that will be a testament to his masterclass skillset. That’s because no one on Earth has had an easy night with the Cleveland native. The smarter money is betting that this will be an cerebral back alley brawl. Let’s just hope that it all comes together.
By: Bakari Simpson