Hey, this isn’t a circus show; it’s a boxing battle!
Top Rank and PBC reached a deal on the WBO welterweight title bout between champion Terence Crawford and former world champion Shawn Porter just hours before a scheduled purse bid. Carl Moretti of Top Rank told Yahoo’s Kevin Iole that the bout will take place on November 20th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. According to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, the event will be broadcast on ESPN+ pay-per-view. Unlike Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, this will be a Top Rank-only event with no co-promotion.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is regarded as one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters. In 2014, he defeated Ricky Burns for the lightweight title, then in 2017, he defeated Julius Indongo to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion. He won the WBO welterweight belt from Jeff Horn in 2018, but has faced a mixed bag of opponents since then. Crawford’s most recent bout was a TKO victory against a seemingly fading Kell Brook in November of last year.
Porter is a former IBF and WBC welterweight champion (31-3-1, 17 KOs). Paulie Malignaggi, Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner, and Yordenis Ugas are among his significant victories. His most recent title fight ended in a split decision loss to Errol Spence Jr in a thrilling 2019 bout. Porter’s lone appearance in 2020 came at the expense of Sebastian Formella in a landslide decision. Only the best at 147 have ever defeated him, including a prime Kell Brook in 2014, Keith Thurman in 2015, and Spence in 2019.
November is already a crowded month for pay-per-view. UFC 268 and Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant will take place on November 6th, with Crawford vs. Porter two weeks later.
Source: MSN Sports