Terence Crawford will face Shawn Porter in a highly anticipated defense of his WBO welterweight world title on November 20 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The three-weight champion is widely regarded as one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in all of sport today, but he’s yet to face another world-class fighter in his prime who comes close to his level.
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Crawford is the WBO welterweight champion and has been waiting for a long time to face another top fighter
After his knockout of Kell Brook last year, it’s unclear what fight would come next for WBO champion Crawford.
The American fell out with his promoter Bob Arum, both frustrated with his current situation.
The vast majority of top welterweight fighters today are signed with Al Haymon’s PBC, which rarely does business with Arum’s Top Rank.
The super fight every boxing fan wants to see between Crawford and Errol Spence seems more distant than ever for this reason.
Porter is the former IBF and WBC welterweight champion – he pushed Errol Spence up close in an exciting fight in 2019
With fighters such as Spence and Porter out of his grasp, Crawford had to settle for lesser-known opposition and therefore was unable to generate large numbers of PPVs – part of the reason for the feud with his own. promoter.
Last month, however, the WBO gave him a lifeline by ordering the bout with Porter.
It initially seemed like no deal would be done and the fight would go to stock market offers, but now Top Rank’s Carl Moretti has confirmed to Kevin Iole that the parties have made a deal.
The fight will take place on November 20 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
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