- Tarrian Rodgers
Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter agree to superfight Nov. 20
There’s a big fight feel in Las Vegas as two of the most premiere welterweights in boxing agreed to a November 20th bout. Crawford, ESPN’s No. 2 pound-for-pound (37-0, 28 KOs) boxer has finally agreed to fight his toughest challenge yet in Shawn Porter. The WBO originally ordered the bout to take place in July. However, both camps needed the full 30 days to negotiate the terms as both fighters do business on separate promotions.
It was agreed the fight will be aired on ESPN+ pay-per-view and promoted by Top Rank in association with PBC avoiding a purse bid that was scheduled for noon ET today. The fight will be a defining moment in Crawford's career. Despite being recognized as arguably the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, his legitimacy as a champion is often questioned due to his lack of fighting other top opponents. Most of the sport's top welterweights fight under the Premier Boxing Championship banner. While Crawford is under the Top Rank umbrella. All five of Crawford’s championship bouts were fought against lesser opponents than Errol Spence Jr., the man who holds the WBC and IBF titles.
"I'm very excited," Crawford, 33, told ESPN. "Now I can show my talent and maybe I can show something for the general public, something that they've never seen before. Because I don't believe that I've shown them my best yet." Crawford’s talent has never been up for debate; it's been his lack of competition that has been the cause for speculation.
Porter is the perfect challenger for Crawford as he is a multiple time champion still in his prime. Porter is a relentless pressure fighter known for his strength and grit. His experience on the top level makes him the perfect fighter to challenge Crawford. Porter has tested his skills with some of the top welterweights in the sport such as Errol Spence, Yodenis Ugas, Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman. Porter is certainly not a pushover; his (31-3-1, 17 KO) record speaks for itself.
Porter isn’t coy when being asked about how his wealth of experience helps him in this fight as he told ESPN. "When you consider the experience in this fight and me having more experience than Terence Crawford, that is a fact. ... When I say the fight between me and Terence Crawford is going to be great, it's gonna be great. When I say I have what it takes to beat him, don't sleep on that, believe that. I do!"
If Crawford looks impressive and is able to clear his toughest challenge yet than fight fans maybe one step closer in getting the dream match that boxing fans have been clamoring over for years in Errol Spence and Terrence Crawford. Right now just be glad we finally get to see Crawford against a premiere welterweight.