Terence Crawford-Shawn Porter: Fall Heat – Boxing News
The fleas fall into place.
Since former lightweight and welterweight Jr. champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), 33, won a WBO welterweight belt in June 2018, a vocal contingent of boxing fans has made it clear what they wanted to see.
They do not understand.
Former welterweight titlist Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs), 33, is in the enviable position to eliminate the option and turn Crawford’s desire against the WBC / IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) in deserved revenge for Porter against WBA titlist Yordenis Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs). Porter has a competitive loss to Spence and a controversial victory over Ugas.
And now Porter will take on Crawford on November 20.
After a summer of delays and cancellations, this was good news. It was a big missing piece of what looks like a fascinating fall boxing schedule, ensuring welterweights do their part to help the sport regain the steam it had in the first half of 2021.
While this might not be the fight die-hard fans want the most, Crawford-Porter is great on its own. It also proves what everyone else knew anyway: when the street sides are ready to do business, they do business.
People who pay attention to professional wrestling and the relationship between AEW and New Japan are familiar with the term forbidden door. In this case, it reflected a business relationship that did not exist when AEW was first launched.
In boxing, this has been the separate silos of the welterweight division for the past few years. Crawford has been left as an island largely to himself with the Top Rank promoter and the ESPN network. PBC’s relationship with Showtime, Fox and almost everyone important in welterweight besides Crawford meant a high-quality round robin with three of the top four Alphabet titles to add to the marquee.
Crawford vs. PBC welterweight was the no-door in boxing until it was over this week.
It doesn’t matter who is to blame for why it took so long, Porter being the man who opened the door for Crawford should come as no surprise. Porter is one of those fighters who stick to the ages.
Porter is the kind of fighter who doesn’t win them all but leaves the impression of trying to fight them all before they’re done. Fighters like Porter, Carl Froch, or Vic Darchinyan, to name a few in recent vintages, may never push to reach the top of the pound for pound ratings, but they add weight. depth and character in their time.
They are accomplishment fighters who make those who pull through to win it.
Porter will not come to lose in November and could well cause the surprise. Porter gave Spence everything he wanted and more. Crawford will be fighting for the first time in about a year and even without the layoff he should be at his best. The pressure is certainly stronger on the title titlist.
Crawford is 11-0 against fighters ranked in the top ten by TBRB or Ring, but only two of those wins have come at welterweight. He claimed the throne of history at 135 and 140 pounds. but no division was going through a remarkable race at the time. Porter has been a mainstay of the welterweight’s upper echelon for a decade. Sure, he failed a bit against Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Spence, but there were also solid wins against Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia.
Porter is a welterweight degree that Crawford just hasn’t seen yet.
If Crawford continues to be as good as he looks, this all serves as a potential gateway. There has always been a demand for Spence-Crawford, but a Crawford victory over Porter would be gasoline over a long simmering flame.
Crawford-Porter will be a real blast in November.
Cliff Notes …
Artur Beterbiev-Marcus Browne would be an interesting place to see additional street crossings. Beterbiev should be a healthy favorite, but it could be an intriguing style clash… Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III is still up for October. Breathe another week … Bryan Danielson-Kenny Omega in New York next Wednesday? Yes. It works … Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk gets closer and seems to fly a little under the radar. It shouldn’t … Will Naoya Inoue fight again this year? His 20 years are not going to last forever.
Cliff Rold is Editor-in-Chief of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.