It was recently announced that WBO welterweight champions Terence Crawford (37-0) will face former world champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1) on November 20 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will feature a pay-per-view ESPN + event.
The fight was ordered by the WBO in late July with a scholarship offer slated for September 2. The scholarship offer was delayed until September 14 when the two sides asked for a delay in hopes of reaching an agreement. A deal between Top Rank, the longtime Crawford promoter and TGB, who represents Porter, was reached just ahead of the September 14 deadline.
With Errol Spence out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for a retinal detachment, Crawford vs. Porter is one of the biggest fights that can be made in the deep welterweight division. It is expected that he will generate a lot of interest among fans and also among other professional fighters.
Multi-division champion Leo Santa Cruz, who fights under the Premier Boxing Champions banner, was recently asked to comment on the fight. Like many observers, he expects a close fight.
“Porter is a fighter who comes to fight all the time. He puts the pressure on and is on top of you, destroying you. I don’t know if Crawford has faced a fighter like that who will keep pushing you and you. push. It’ll be a big fight for Porter and Crawford. They’re both top of the line. I think it’s going to be a very close fight and whoever pushes him the most will take it, “Santa Cruz told Rainbow Fighthype.com Alexander.
Crawford was last in action in November when he demolished former faded champion Kell Brook in 4 rounds. Porter last fought in August 2020 when he threw a shutout against Sebastian Formella in 12 rounds in Los Angeles.
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