Derrick James: “I Think Terence Crawford Is Fighting A Guy That Errol Spence Took A Lot Out Of”
By: Hans Themistode
There’s little to no denying that Terence Crawford will face a significant step up in competition come November 20th. On the night in question, Crawford will place both his WBO welterweight title and undefeated record on the line against former two-time champion Shawn Porter, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite being a constant staple on every credible pound-for-pound list, Crawford has heard his fair share of criticism for the opposition he’s faced during his 147-pound tenure. In the case of Porter, the Akron Ohio native has swapped fists with just about everyone in the welterweight division, including unified titlist Errol Spence Jr.
But while most are intrigued with how a Porter vs. Crawford showdown plays out, Derrick James, head trainer of Spence Jr., believes the WBO belt holder will be facing a diminished version of the two-time champion.
“I think Terence Crawford is fighting a guy that Errol Spence took a lot out of,” said James on the PBC Podcast. “So we’ll see how that goes.”
On November 28th, 2019, both Spence Jr. and Porter squared off in a fight of the year candidate. From the moment the opening bell rang, there were no feel-out rounds as it bombs away. While Porter had loads of success, he also absorbed plenty of punishment. Of the 745 punches Spence Jr. hurled in his direction, 221 of them found their mark. In the 11th round, in particular, it was Spence Jr.’s most successful and brutal period, as he floored the former titlist.
Although Porter has shown no ill effects of the damage that was inflicted, pitching a shutout in his most recent contest against Sebastian Formella, James simply isn’t convinced that he’s the same ferocious fighter he once was.
Regardless of what could be a diminished version of Porter, James isn’t expecting him to be a pushover or walk in the park. Since suffering defeat at the hands of Spence Jr. and forfeiting his WBC title in the process, Porter has urged the unified champion to face him in the ring once more. While Spence Jr. has elected to move in another direction, James is receptive to the idea of having his fighter take on Porter for the second time in his career.
With that said, James has all but guaranteed Porter that his wish will be granted. If, of course, he can take care of business come November 20th.
“I think Shawn Porter really wants to fight Errol Spence again. In order to face Errol Spence again, he has to beat Terence Crawford.”
Terence Crawford Is Tired Of The Errol Spence Jr. Comparisons: “He’s Talented, But There’s Levels”
By: Hans Themistode
At times, boxing comes down to one-upping your fellow rivals. Oftentimes, fighters who are at the top of their respective weight class, face off against similar opponents. In cases such as those, the performances of both stars will be juxtaposed.
On November 20th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Terence Crawford will be placed in that same scenario. On the night, Crawford will defend his WBO welterweight crown against former two-division titlist Shawn Porter. Having given current unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. all he could handle in their September 2019 showdown, losing a close split decision, Porter is mostly viewed as the biggest test in Crawford’s career.
While many are fascinated with how things will ultimately play out, the consensus surrounding their showdown is that Crawford will pull off the win. Should the pound-for-pound star do what many are expecting, he’s well aware that his performance against Porter will be compared to his fellow champion.
Crawford though, is sick and tired of everyone placing his name and Spence Jr.’s in the same sentence.
“Who is he to outshine?” Asked Crawford to a group of reporters. “I’m tired of everybody trying to compare me to somebody that’s only had two belts in his whole career.”
Crawford, 34, has dominated every weight class he’s stepped foot in. With world titles at 135, 140, and now 147, Crawford routinely finds himself amongst the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Spence Jr., on the other hand, while also a staple on every credible pound-for-pound list, has yet to achieve championship status in multiple weight classes.
Most recently, Spence Jr. dominated former multiple-time belt holder Danny Garcia, winning a wide unanimous decision in December of 2020. Spence Jr.’s reward for pitching a near shutout was a showdown against future first ballot Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao. Although Spence Jr. described their upcoming showdown as his “dream fight”, he was left incredulous when he was forced to withdraw from their contest due to a torn/detached retina.
Crawford, like many, acknowledges that Spence Jr. is a masterful technician in the ring and would have likely defeated Pacquiao if not for his injury. With that said, the Omaha, Nebraska native simply views himself as being a cut above Spence Jr. all across the board.
“He’s talented, but there’s levels.”
Terence Crawford Views Keith Thurman As A Bigger Fight Than Upcoming Matchup Against Shawn Porter
By: Hans Themistode
After calling out the top names in the welterweight division for years on end, Terence Crawford was pleased when he discovered that one has decided to take him up on his offer. On November 20th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford will place his WBO title on the line when he takes on arguably the most difficult test of his career in Shawn Porter.
Crawford, 34, has long watched his resume get ripped to shreds by both fans and media pundits. However, in Porter, Crawford faces not only a former two-time welterweight champion but someone who is still presumably in the prime of their career.
While Crawford is fully aware that Porter is one of the division’s top contenders, he isn’t willing to name him as the biggest fight that can be made at 147 pounds.
“It’s one of them,” said Crawford when asked about the magnitude of his showdown against Porter. “It’s definitely one of them but you still got fighters out there like Keith Thurman and Ugas.”
Porter, an Akron Ohio native, scratched and clawed his way to a number one ranking in both the WBO and WBC sanctioning bodies. Although Porter was tempted with the opportunity to square off against unified champion Errol Spence Jr. once more, losing their September 2019 showdown via split decision, Porter instead opted to enforce his mandatory position with the WBO. Porter would also claim that Crawford is the most versatile fighter in the division and presents a slew of issues in the ring.
Crawford, on the other hand, views Porter as an opportunity to dig deeper into his bag of tricks than normal. With the pound-for-pound star stopping every single one of his welterweight opponents since moving up in weight in 2018, he’s made his opposition look incredibly foolish in the ring.
With that said, Crawford is of the mindset that while Porter vs. himself is a huge fight, a former Porter opponent would be an even bigger event.
“I don’t believe Porter is the only welterweight out there that I can showcase my talent at a high level. I believe Keith Thurman is a bigger fight in my eyes.”
Approximately five years ago, both Thurman and Porter went toe to toe in a fight of the year contender in 2016. Thurman would ultimately eke out a close split decision win and follow things up by unifying the division against Danny Garcia one year later.
Presently, Thurman has been woefully inactive. But, as Crawford looks at Thurman’s past handiwork, he’s steadfast in his belief that once upon a time, Thurman was the man to beat.
“I feel like Keith Thurman was considered the number one guy in the division. Whether anybody likes it or not. Keith Thurman was the number one guy in the division. Pacquiao beat him. Nobody else beat him.”
Shawn Porter: More Than Just An Opponent
By: Hector Franco
After three long years that felt like an eternity, three-division and current WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) finally has a fight that is worth looking forward to.
He will defend his WBO 147-pound title against former two-time welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs).
The fight will take place on November 20th at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas and will be shown exclusively on ESPN+ PPV.
When Crawford first entered the welterweight division in 2018, he immediately won a title, scoring a dominant ninth-round stoppage over Australia’s Jeff Horn to win the WBO championship.
Since then, Crawford’s career has plateaued.
He has been relegated to the standard one or two fights a year against solid, but nondescript opponents.
The three-division champion is ranked by all legitimate boxing publications as one of the top three fighters in the world pound-for-pound. He was the best lightweight in the world when he plied his trade in that weight class. When he moved up to the junior welterweight division, he became the division’s first undisputed champion in the four-belt era, joining just a handful of fighters who have earned that distinction.
Crawford’s two forays in the pay-per-view market have been unsuccessful from a box office perspective.
The first PPV he headlined was in 2016 in a junior welterweight unification clash with Viktor Postol that garnered only 50,000 buys. His second headlining appearance on PPV performed better when he faced Amir Khan in 2019, earning 125,000 buys.
Fans and pundits have been anticipating a match between Crawford and unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. since joining the welterweight ranks.
But, multiple factors have kept that fight from taking place, ranging from both men being promoted by rival promoters, being unable to come to financial agreements during negotiations, and Spence being in a life-threatening car crash in the fall of 2019.
Most recently, Spence pulled out of a mega-fight with the now-retired Manny Pacquiao when it was discovered that he suffered a retinal tear in his left eye. While Spence is likely to return, it’s unclear how much of his former self will be retained.
Crawford was left in the same position he has been in since arriving at welterweight, waiting on the sidelines for the right opponent.
Enter Shawn Porter.
“I’ve been calling out the top welterweights since I moved up to 147 in 2018, and I’m excited that Shawn stepped up,” stated Crawford. “This fight will bring out the best in me and showcase parts of my game that the world hasn’t seen yet. On November 20, I will silence my doubters and prove that I am the best welterweight in the world.”
Earlier this year, when the WBO ordered Crawford to enter into negotiations with his mandatory challenger Porter, many were still skeptical if the fight would take place.
A purse bid was ordered; however, the two sides were able to come to an agreement saving fans from witnessing another fight head into oblivion in what has been, at times, a disappointing 2021.
Porter will not only represent Crawford’s most significant test at welterweight, but arguably of his entire career.
At lightweight, Crawford’s breakout performance came against the then-undefeated, but undersized Yuriorkis Gamboa. The Nebraska native’s other preeminent victory came against Postol in 2016, who was also undefeated at the time.
Crawford’s opponents have ranged from average to good, but he hasn’t faced an opponent as of yet that would be considered elite.
At welterweight, Porter has been considered one of the foremost fighters since first winning the IBF title from Devon Alexander in 2013.
For almost a decade, Porter has participated in some of the most crucial fights in the division. Some of his most notable wins came against Paulie Malignaggi, Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, and a razor-close decision over current WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas.
The Ohio fighter’s most prevalent victory came against former two-division champion Danny Garcia to win the WBC welterweight title in 2018.
While Porter is highly regarded, he is best known for coming short in his most important fights.
In the second defense of his IBF title, he lost a clear decision to the United Kingdom’s Kell Brook in 2014. When he faced off against the now virtually retired Keith Thurman in 2016, he lost a close unanimous decision for the Florida fighters WBA welterweight title.
Most recently, he dropped a decision to Errol Spence in 2019 with a knockdown in the 11th round, ultimately positioning the fight in Spence’s favor.
The Thurman and Spence fights were great bouts that numerous fans and some media members had Porter winning. However, as of now, he hasn’t been able to put himself over the hump to truly establish himself as the absolute best welterweight.
Although more successful as a two-time champion, Porter draws comparisons to a fighter of a few generations ago.
In the 1990s, the welterweight division was among the best in boxing, featuring fighters such as Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Pernell Whitaker, and Ike Quartey.
One fighter that could very well have won a title in today’s era, but failed to in the 1990s was Detroit’s Oba Carr (54-6-1, 31 KOs).
He was a product of Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym and was in the unfortunate position of being in the welterweight division with some of the best in the history of the weight class.
Carr challenged for a welterweight title three times in his career and came up short each time.
In 1994, on one of Don King’s famous stacked cards that featured Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Ricardo Lopez, and the famous Jorge Castro-John David Jackson bout, Carr challenged Felix Trinidad for his IBF welterweight title.
After flooring Trinidad in the second round, he ultimately succumbed to the Puerto Rican’s pressure and was stopped in the eighth round after being knocked down twice.
The closest Carr came to winning a title was against Ike Quartey in 1996, where he lost a majority decision in a fight where both fighters were deducted points at Madison Square Garden.
The final title opportunity for Carr was in 1999 when he took on Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight title. In this fight, Carr was dropped in the first round and was stopped in the eleventh round after being knocked down again.
In all three of Carr’s title shots, he was competitive and at times had his moments where it seemed that the fight could go his way.
Similar to Porter in today’s landscape, Carr was a rite of passage for welterweights to prove themselves as elite.
However, against Crawford, Porter will get the chance to prove that he is more than just a pseudo-initiation into elite status at welterweight.
“All I know is greatness, and I don’t think greatness comes with taking steps back,” Porter said on his podcast The Porter Way. “No disrespect to any of the other guys that are ranked two or three through ten. But, to me, the step forward is Terence Crawford. And that’s why I wanted this fight.”
For Porter, the fight with Crawford is a turning point in his career. A loss will leave him with the same reputation as being a tough fight for the best at welterweight.
A victory, however, would reshape his legacy.
Porter would be right at the top of the division and be rated as one of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound.
A win may one day get him voted into the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame. It would further the fact that in boxing and combat sports in general, an undefeated record isn’t the quintessential element when rating a fighter.
“I’ve wanted this fight for a long time, and now my patience has paid off,” said Porter. “Throughout my career, I’ve taken on the best and proven myself as a man who gives 100 percent in everything I do. Terence Crawford is a great, versatile fighter who is very athletic, just like myself.
“We are the two best welterweights in the world, and on November 20, we get a chance to prove who is the best. Fight fans can expect a great show that night and, with this victory, I will cement myself as the best welterweight of this era.”
Crawford-Porter is a fight that can deliver on all levels.
Crawford will look to prove that he should be looked at as the best fighter in the world. Porter will attempt to be recognized as more than just an opponent.
Shawn Porter Confident Heading Into Terence Crawford Showdown: “I’m 100% Going To Knock This Dude Out, I’m Not Playing Nice”
By: Hans Themistode
The rest of the world may snicker and laugh whenever Shawn Porter speaks of upsetting the applecart but that doesn’t bother him.
As the former two-time welterweight champion continues to prepare both his mind and body for the monumental task of facing Terence Crawford, his self-belief only increases. On November 20th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the two will officially square off with Crawford’s WBO title on the line.
According to oddsmakers and the vast majority of the boxing public, Porter is in over his head. With Crawford laying waste to his competition at 135, 140, and now – 147 pounds, Porter, by and large, is viewed as yet the latest victim on Crawford’s Hitlist.
Yet, despite watching Crawford stop every single one of his welterweight opponents since moving up to the weight class in 2018, including registering a fourth-round stoppage against Kell Brook in November of 2020, Porter isn’t unnerved with what he’s seen. While he has the utmost respect for Crawford, as Porter peeks through his often criticized resume, Porter can’t help but notice a trend.
“Every fighter, you’re supposed to go to the ring with the mentality that I’m going to win, I’m going to upset the crowd, I’m going to upset the fighter, I’m taking his belt,” said Porter on The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “You’re supposed to have that confidence and belief in yourself. But this is what I believe about everybody that Terence has been in the ring with, those guys haven’t gone to the ring with that mindset.”
Porter’s comments pertaining to the resume of Crawford have been an ongoing theme throughout the Nebraska native’s career. Although he occupies a high placement on every credible pound for pound list, Crawford has yet to face someone of note at 147 pounds.
Regardless of his shallow resume, Porter, who’s taken on the likes of unified champion Errol Spence Jr. and former titlist Danny Garcia, still considers Crawford the most versatile fighter he’s ever faced. With that said, Porter is in no shape, or form backing down from the challenge that the pound-for-pound star presents. Not only does he fully intend on winning their upcoming showdown but if things go the way he envisions, it could be a long and painful night for Crawford.
“Mentally, emotionally, I’m 100% going to knock this dude out. No, I’m not playing nice.”
Terence Crawford Believes A Win Over Shawn Porter Solidifies Him As The Best Welterweight In The World
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford believes it. Those in his circle believe it. And his never-ending supporters believe it as well. Yet, not everyone shares that same mindset.
In the opinion of the WBO welterweight titlist, he is far and away the best fighter in the division. However, with the likes of unified champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBA belt holder Yordenis Ugas nipping at his heels, not to mention up and comers Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Jaron Ennis slowly but surely climbing up the rankings, there’s an ongoing debate centering around who holds the crown as the top dog at 147 pounds.
But, with a showdown against perennial contender Shawn Porter looming on November 20th, Crawford views it as the perfect opportunity to place his flag at the top of the welterweight mountain.
“It’s just putting that little stamp on being considered the best welterweight in the division,” said Crawford to ESPN. “Shawn Porter has fought everybody in the division, dating back to when he was fighting the likes of Julio Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi and those types of guys. Shawn has been in there with everybody.”
In addition to his bouts against the aforementioned Paulie Malignaggi and Julio Diaz, Porter has also shared the ring with Spence Jr., Ugas, Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, and Keith Thurman. In comparison, Crawford’s resume has been routinely chastised for the lack of big names associated with it.
Still, regardless of the criticism that’s consistently thrown in the direction of Crawford’s resume, he currently occupies a spot on every credible pound-for-pound list.
With the opportunity to pick up the most notable win of what appears to be a Hall of Fame career, Crawford doesn’t want to hear anyone’s name mentioned before him when discussing who is the best fighter in the world, once he takes care of business on November 20th.
“They’ll be saying that’s the reason why he’s pound for pound the best fighter in the world. I guarantee it. ”
Shawn Porter: “More Than Errol Spence Jr., Keith Thurman, Terence Crawford Is The Most Versatile Fighter In The World”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter’s career has been built upon facing the best fighters in the world.
As a young prospect, Porter added the scalps of former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Devon Alexander, the latter resulting in Porter’s first world title reign. The Akron, Ohio native has continued to test himself throughout the years and as a result, he realizes that he’s faced just about everyone in the welterweight division.
Porter’s impetuous nature has now led him to a November 20th, showdown against pound for pound star, and current WBO welterweight titlist, Terence Crawford. Having shared the ring against the likes of Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, and most recently, Errol Spence Jr., Porter is convinced that Crawford’s skill and stature stand above all else.
“It is,” said Porter when asked if Crawford is the most difficult fight of his career during an interview with FightHype.com. “Because more than Errol Spence Jr., more than Keith Thurman, Terence Crawford is the most versatile fighter in the world.”
The versatility that Porter alludes to, has been on full display throughout Crawford’s career. In 2014, after being outboxed early on during his showdown against Yuriokis Gamboa, Crawford opted to move away from his orthodox stance and instead, fought Gamboa during the second half of their contest as a southpaw. The change in fighting style proved to be a good call as Crawford went on to pick up the ninth-round stoppage victory.
In Crawford’s 2019 matchup against Egidijus Kavaliauskas, the multiple division titlist was troubled during the early stages by his Lithuanian counterpart. Crawford then opted to move away from his traditional boxing approach and proceeded to bully Kavaliauskas, knocking him all across the ring until he registered yet another, ninth-round TKO victory.
As Crawford continued to show his multifaceted skills, Porter has taken notice. With the pair now set to swap fists in just over two months at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Porter is making sure that his normal top-notch training camp, is taken to a whole other level.
“The preparation is going to be bar none, better than anyone else that I’ve ever prepared for.”
As Porter continues to put his body through the most grueling training camp that he’s ever endured, he’s steadfast in his belief that it’s a necessary evil in order to pick up the win. In the end, the former two-division champion believes that by the time his showdown against Crawford comes to an end, all who tuned in and ordered the pay-per-view or paid their hard-earned money to attend the fight, will give them a standing ovation for an unbelievable night of boxing.
“You’ll see it all, skill vs. skill, talent vs. talent, heart vs. heart. This is one for the ages.”
Shawn Porter On Terence Crawford Showdown: “I Have What It Takes To Beat Him, Don’t Sleep”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter’s resume speaks for itself.
The 33-year-old welterweight contender is highly respected in his weight class and has shared the ring with the best of them. Yet, despite wrapping gold around his waist on two separate occasions and regardless of Porter picking up notable wins against the likes of Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, and Yordenis Ugas, most expect him to fall woefully short in his next ring appearance.
On November 20th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Porter will go toe to toe with WBO 147 pound titlist, Terence Crawford. With the number of world titles Crawford has aggregated throughout his career, he’s regarded by most as the best fighter in the world. Due to that distinction, Porter is viewed by many as having little to no chance at pulling off the upset win.
But while Porter has openly accepted that he is the underdog heading in, that doesn’t mean he isn’t brimming with confidence.
“I have what it takes to beat him, don’t sleep on that, believe that. I do.”
In spite of the odds, Porter is expected to be the biggest test of Crawford’s career. Since making the move seven pounds north to the welterweight division, Crawford has been both impressive and disappointing. While he’s managed to register stoppage wins in every single one of his 147 pound bouts, the Omaha, Nebraska native has fought less than stellar competition.
Most recently, Crawford was last seen in the ring dismantling long-faded former champion, Kell Brook. Although Brook appeared to be in terrific shape, he provided little to no resistance and was subsequently stopped in the fourth round.
Regardless of whom the betting public is choosing as the victor on the night, in the end, Porter is firmly of the belief that the combination of himself and Crawford in the ring will lead to nothing short of a terrific showdown.
“When I say the fight between me and Terence Crawford is going to be great, it’s gonna be great.”
Terence Crawford: “I Don’t Believe I’ve Shown Them My Best Yet”
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford heard the critics loud and clear.
While his trophy case was filled to the brim with numerous awards, Crawford was constantly castigated for the level of opposition he fought along the way. Bob Arum, Crawford’s long-time promoter, consistently pounded the pavement in an attempt to find the multiple division titlist a worthy opponent.
However, after spending years facing fighters who were considered at the bottom of the barrel, Crawford would simply step into the ring and take care of business with relative ease. Now, with Crawford facing whom many consider being his toughest foe yet in Shawn Porter on November 20th, the Omaha, Nebraska native believes for as great as he’s been thus far, he’ll be given the opportunity to go even deeper into his bag of tricks.
“I’m very excited,” said Crawford, during an interview with ESPN. “Now I can show my talent and maybe I can show something for the general public, something that they’ve never seen before.”
Porter, 33, has spent the better part of the past decade as either a world champion or a highly rated contender. After snagging the vacant WBC welterweight title from Danny Garcia in September of 2018, Porter would go on to eke out a close split decision win against current WBA titleholder, Yordenis Ugas. Porter would then attempt to add even more gold to his waist as he took on Errol Spence Jr. in September of 2019. Porter’s dreams ultimately, would fail to come true as he fell just short of his goals.
Since then, Porter has regained that winning feeling, defeating journeymen Sebastian Formella via unanimous decision in August of 2020.
As for Crawford, following his move to the welterweight division in 2018, the three-division titlist has scored five knockout wins in a row. Crawford’s propensity to toy with his competition may have left him atop most pound for pound list but once the bell rings come November 20th, he believes he’ll go to an even higher level.
“I don’t believe that I’ve shown them my best yet.”
Terence Crawford Vs. Shawn Porter Officially Set For November 20th
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford has long been considered one of, if not the best, pound-for-pound fighter in the world. That said, the multiple division titlist lacked the resume to justify those claims. For years, the current WBO welterweight champion urged the biggest names in or around his division to take him on. Now, after hammering out a deal behind the scenes, Crawford has officially gotten his wish.
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Crawford and Shawn Porter are set to square off on November 20th, at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After moving into the number one ranking in both the WBC and WBO sanctioning bodies, Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) had the option to either take on unified titlist Errol Spence Jr. or, the aforementioned Crawford. Having swapped fists with Spence Jr. in 2019 and coming up short via split decision, Porter revealed that he was more inclined to take on Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), citing the desire to face a new foe.
While Crawford was Porter’s preference all along, the former two-time 147-pound belt holder admitted that a showdown between the pair was unlikely. Most of Porter’s doubts stemmed from promoter Bob Arum going on record stating that he wouldn’t offer Porter more than one million to face Crawford, something Porter scoffed at.
The two sides ultimately pushed their differences to the side and sat down at the negotiating table thanks to the WBO sanctioning body ordering a purse bid, something that was set to take place later this afternoon. Now, with both parties agreeing to terms, their previously scheduled purse bid has been canceled.
For Crawford, Porter represents the toughest opponent he’s faced thus far. Earlier this year, the 33-year-old Nebraska native scored a predictable early stoppage against long-faded former champion, Kell Brook.
As for Porter, the highly ranked contender has picked up several notable wins during his 147-pound tenure, including against the likes of Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, Adrien Broner, and Devon Alexander.
Most recently, after losing his WBC crown via split decision to Spence Jr., Porter found himself back in the win column. The Cleveland product handed a one-sided beating to fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020.
Crawford vs. Porter will officially be offered on ESPN+PPV as opposed to a joint PPV.
Tim Bradley On Shawn Porter Vs. Terence Crawford: “Why Is This Fight On PPV?”
By: Hans Themistode
When Terence Crawford was ordered to defend his WBO welterweight title against former two-time titlist Shawn Porter, Tim Bradley couldn’t stop himself from grinning. The former two-division belt holder finds a matchup between the pair intriguing and is interested in seeing how things shake out.
Originally, the two sides attempted to hammer out a deal behind the scenes. But with Top Rank, Crawford’s representatives, and Premier Boxing Champions, the representatives of Porter, unable to finalize an agreement, a public purse bid was set to take place on September 2nd.
After continuing to work diligently, both sides requested an extension as a deal draws closer. They will now have until September 14th, to reach an agreement or a purse bid will in fact take place.
Regardless of the contractual side of things, Bradley isn’t interested in how much either fighter will make or where the fight will take place. The former 140 and 147-pound champion simply wants to see the two in the ring. For a fight of this magnitude, a pay-per-view setting is the likely destination. Yet, in Bradley’s opinion, forcing customers to pay for a showdown between two fighters who aren’t the most ballyhooed, isn’t the best idea.
“You have two guys who aren’t relatively known,” said Bradley.
For Porter, the 33-year-old former belt holder has competed in one PPV thus far and managed to reel in terrific numbers. In September of 2019, Porter went toe to toe with unified 147-pound champion, Errol Spence Jr. While Porter would go on to lose, they reportedly raked in over 300,00 PPV buys. Since the loss, Porter has bounced back, outpointing fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020.
As for Crawford, although he usually finds his name near the top of every pound-for-pound list, his PPV numbers haven’t impressed. In his first appearance on that platform, in July of 2016, Crawford easily outpointed Viktor Postol to unify titles in the super lightweight division. His performance may have been nearly flawless on the night, but his PPV numbers checked in at reportedly 50,000 buys.
Crawford’s second PPV, this time against Amir Khan in April of 2019, performed better as reportedly 150,000 customers purchased the event to witness Crawford score the sixth round stoppage.
While Crawford’s PPV numbers increased during his second go round and despite Porter generating over 300,000 for his fight against Spence Jr., Bradley believes they just aren’t recognizable figures in the regular world.
To prove his theory correct, Bradley revealed that he conducted an experiment.
“I walked around and asked 20 random people who don’t know anything about boxing. Do you know Terrence ‘Bud’ Crawford? They said no. Have you ever heard of Shawn Porter? No. All 20 of them said they never heard of them. So why is this fight on pay-per-view?”
Terence Crawford: “Looks Like Errol Spence Jr. Gone Need Me After All”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford have never quite seen eye to eye. The two welterweight belt holders have failed to hammer out a deal that would see them face off in the ring. They also have a hard time believing that anyone, other than themselves, should be considered the number one 147 pounder in the world.
Despite their differences, both Crawford and Spence Jr. felt the same emotions this past Saturday night.
In front of a crowd of over 17,000 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Yordenis Ugas effectively shocked the world as he outmuscled and overpowered former eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao.
As Ugas raised his hand in victory, Spence Jr. replied “man” on his social media account. Shortly after, Crawford wrote “only if” on his. Both fighters appeared to be eluding to missing out on the chance to face Pacquiao in the ring, as the future first-ballot Hall of Famer is pondering retirement.
Earlier this year, Crawford revealed that he was deep in negotiations to face Pacquiao in the Middle East before their deal fell by the wayside. Spence Jr. on the other hand, landed a mega showdown with Pacquiao but was forced to withdraw less than two weeks before their contest due to a torn/detached retina.
With both fighters watching from the sidelines, Crawford decided to look on the bright side.
All along, Spence Jr. had his game plan right in front of him. After taking care of business against Pacquiao, Spence Jr. eyed a long-awaited showdown against Crawford. If the pair weren’t able to work out a deal, then, the Dallas native stated that he would move up in weight, seemingly closing the chapter on their rivalry for good.
Now, however, with both himself and Spence Jr. losing out on the chance to take on Pacquiao, the WBO titlist would love it if the pair finally laced up their gloves and faced off in the ring.
“Looks like Errol Spence Jr. gone need me after all,” said Crawford. “I know you mad about that fight because I was. But not in a hating way, just in a missed opportunity way. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Get well champ.”
Terence Crawford: “I Never Heard Somebody Say He’s On The Wrong Side Of The Street Until It Came To Terence Crawford”
By: Hans Themistode
No matter how many times his eye-catching knockouts are replayed on various television channels and regardless of how spotless his undefeated record is, fans of Terence Crawford simply want more.
The current WBO welterweight champion has long expressed a desire to face the top names in his division. But, no matter how loud he bellyaches, Crawford has yet to face an elite 147 pounder.
At the age of 33, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has no intentions of hanging up his gloves anytime soon. However, if the Omaha, Nebraska native did in fact call it a career, he would be perfectly fine with the way things ultimately played out.
“I feel like I did everything that I dreamed of,” said Crawford during an interview with Teddy Atlas. “My ultimate dream was to become a champion. I did that in 2014 against Ricky Burns.”
Since winning that aforementioned world title against Burns nearly a decade ago, Crawford has gone on to dominate his competition at 135, 140, and now, 147 pounds. The more he subsequently climbed up in weight, the better he performed and as a result, a proliferation of world titles soon followed. Yet, even while Crawford’s abilities afforded him fame and adulation, he believes that his sublime skills ultimately did him a disservice.
“I had put extra dreams on top of dreams, on top of dreams. After conquering goal, after goal, after goal, it felt like I was stagnant and shelved from fighting these other top fighters because I was such a threat.”
For most of his career, Crawford has been promoted by Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum. His stiffest competition, at least at 147 pounds, resided with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC). Up until recently, before Crawford was mandated to take on Shawn Porter, a perennial contender in the welterweight division who is signed with PBC, the pound-for-pound star grew frustrated with his lack of big-name options.
More times than not, the term, “on the wrong side of the street” was used as an explanation as to why Crawford was unable to land career-defining fights. In a moment of pure candor, Crawford opened up on how he believes 147 pounders associated with PBC, used that term to avoid him.
“What they did was, they going to just wait me out. I never heard somebody say he’s on the wrong side of the street until it came to Terence Crawford.”
Although Crawford is firmly of the belief that the entire 147 pound stable of Premier Boxing Champions has done their best to eschew him, he’s perfectly content with his long list of accomplishments. That said, Crawford does acknowledge that he has one career box that is still unchecked.
“If I was to retire tomorrow, I’ll be happy with my career because I’ve done a lot in the sport of boxing. I did everything that I set my sights on except becoming undisputed at the welterweight division.”
Terence Crawford Believes He Could Be Just As Big A Draw As Errol Spence Jr.
By: Hans Themistode
For much of Terence Crawford’s career, the former three-division world champion has been praised for his ability in the ring and castigated for his lack of star power outside of it.
With two pay-per-view appearances to his name, Crawford has failed to draw big-time crowds and in terms of PPV buys, they’ve been lackluster as well. In July of 2016, Crawford made his PPV debut against Viktor Postol. Despite the two unifying titles at 140 pounds, only 7,027 customers walked through the turnstile at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada to pay their hard-earned money to witness Crawford pick up the unanimous decision victory. As for PPV buys, approximately 50,000-60,000 bought the event.
In his second trip to the PPV scene, Crawford did slightly better. In April of 2019, the current WBO welterweight titlist defended his 147-pound crown against Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A crowd of 14,091 attended the event in person and roughly 150,000 purchased their contest as Crawford went on to stop Khan in the sixth round.
When juxtaposed to his long-time rival and unified welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr., the Dallas native has brought in huge numbers. But while Crawford admits that Spence Jr. has done extremely well, such as the 47,500 who filled up AT&T Stadium in Dallas Texas, to watch the hard-hitting southpaw take on Mikey Garcia in March of 2019, Crawford is adamant that if given the same level of opposition, his numbers would be virtually identical.
“I think if I was fighting the same caliber of fighters he was fighting like a Mikey Garcia, I would fill up the stadium too,” said Crawford during an interview on the Bart & Hahn show on ESPN radio. “Mikey Garcia is a very big draw in Texas.”
Spence Jr., 31, would ultimately go on to dominate Garcia, winning every single round on all three judges’ scorecards. In the aftermath, not only did Spence Jr. vs. Garcia draw a crowd of 47,500 but in total, they raked in an excess of 360,000 PPV buys.
Any mention of Spence Jr. being a bigger draw than Crawford will receive an immediate incredulous gaze from the Omaha Nebraska native. While Crawford may not have the numbers to back his claim, he simply wants everyone to take a closer look at Spence Jr.’s contest against Garcia.
Although the unified titlist is from the Texas area, Crawford places most of their PPV and attendance success on the shoulders of Garcia.
“Not to take away from Errol Spence but I believe Mikey Garcia pulled in more supporters than he did.”
Leonard Ellerbe Believes Terence Crawford, Not Canelo Alvarez, Is The Best Fighter Pound For Pound
By: Hans Themistode
Over the past few years, Canelo Alvarez has truly solidified himself as the best fighter in the world, at least, according to most.
The unified super middleweight champion has gone from weight division to weight division and laid waste to most of the top names. After settling the score with Gennadiy Golovkin, defeating him by majority decision in 2018, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) has gone on to defeat Daniel Jacobs for the IBF middleweight title. He then moved up to the light heavyweight division in 2019, stopping Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round and snatching away his WBO title.
Currently, Alvarez has settled in nicely at 168 pounds, defeating most of the titleholders in the division. Still, despite his impressive resume, CEO of Mayweather Promotions in Leonard Ellerbe, doesn’t have the Mexican star at the top of his own personal pound for pound list.
“Canelo is a very good fighter,” said Ellerbe to a group of reporters. “I think he’s a tremendous fighter, but I still personally say Terence Crawford.”
Crawford, 33, has always been mentioned amongst boxing’s best. However, with his lack of a marquee fight over the past few years, Alvarez’s star has shined slightly brighter. Alvarez, on the other hand, has continually fought in high leverage matchups over the years. The Mexican star was hoping to add another impressive name to his resume but was left beside himself as negotiations between himself and IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant broke down.
Alvarez had hoped to secure a showdown with Plant in an attempt to become the division’s first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time. Although both teams worked hard behind the scenes to hammer out a deal, things ended abruptly with both sides deciding to go their separate ways.
Nonetheless, if team Alvarez and team Plant were able to find common ground during the negations, the two were likely to square off on September 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the mind of many, had both Alvarez and Plant swapped fists, the Mexican product was the heavy favorite. While Plant might be an undefeated titleholder, he has failed to face anyone in the upper echelon of the division over the past two years.
Although Ellerbe won’t defend the resume of Plant, he vehemently believes that if the two stepped into the ring against one another, Plant would have walked away with the victory.
“He can’t beat Caleb,” said Ellerbe when discussing a matchup between Alvarez and Plant. “He has all the wrong things for him. Trust and believe that. What you guys have seen is just glimpses of Plant. Styles make fights, he has everything that he needs to beat Canelo. Y’all say he can’t punch but he can punch, he’s a tremendous boxer, he has great defensive skills and most importantly, he’s a thinking fighter.”