Shawn Porter: “I’ll Fight Whoever But The Preference Is Terence Crawford”
By: Hans Themistode
At this point, just about everyone who holds a world title in the welterweight division should be preparing themselves for an inevitable showdown with Shawn Porter.
The former two-time 147-pound titlist is fresh off a one-sided win against fringe contender Sebastian Formella on August 22nd. With the win in his back pocket, Porter will play the role of a fan this weekend as unified champion Errol Spence Jr. and two-division belt holder Danny Garcia battle it out at the AT&T Stadium, in Arlington Texas.
Having faced both men, Porter, 33, doesn’t care who comes out with the victory. All he’s concerned with is facing either the winner or, another belt holder who could be forced into a showdown with him next.
“I’m in a very blessed position,” said Porter on The Jake Asman Show. “I am the mandatory for the WBO title held by Terence Crawford and I’m also the mandatory challenger for the IBF and WBC titles which will be carried by one fighter leaving the ring this weekend. It’s really just a matter of figuring out who is going to be next. Is it going to be Terence Crawford or is it going to be the winner of Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr. I have no doubt that it’s going to be one of the three guys in my next fight. It’ll most likely be in the early part of next year.”
Should Spence Jr. walk away from his contest against Garcia with his world titles still draped around his shoulders, that would set up a rematch with Porter. In September of 2019, the Ohio native dropped a very close split decision to Spence Jr. and in the process, he watched his WBC title slip through his hands. Since then, he has shouted for an immediate rematch.
Should Garcia upset the odds and strip Spence Jr. of his titles this weekend, Porter would also welcome a chance to run things back with him as well. Roughly one year before his contest with Spence Jr., Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) would squeak by Garcia to become a two-time world champion.
Matchups with both fighters in the main event this weekend, along with showdowns against Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas and Kell Brook have all taken place. While he isn’t opposed to running through that same gauntlet again, he would much rather take on a new face instead.
“Honestly, I’ll fight whoever but the preference is Terence Crawford simply because you guys have not seen me against Terence. Styles make fights and now my style needs to be set up with Terence Crawford.”
The opportunity to become a three-time champion is a matter of if, not when, considering his placement in three of the four sanctioning bodies. But at this present time, Porter isn’t comfortable with directing the conversation toward his own career goals. Instead, he shifted focus and spoke on the importance of this weekend’s welterweight showdown and the immediate aftermath that is sure to take place because of it.
“This is a historic fight,” explained Porter. “I think this is a fight right now that will kind of decide the fate of the welterweight division moving forward.”
Terence Crawford: “Everybody Always Coming At My Throat Saying I Ain’t Fought Nobody But Danny Ain’t Beat Nobody In The Welterweight Division”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr.’s place in the welterweight division is just about ready to take another leap. In just a few more days, the Dallas native will take on former two-division world champion Danny Garcia. While Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) sits back and continues to soak in the praise for making Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) his first fight back since his horrific one car wreck in October of 2019, WBO belt holder Terence Crawford is incredulous to what he’s seeing.
For years now Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has been castigated for the level of opposition that he has faced during his welterweight tenure. With a knockout win over Kell Brook just a few weeks ago, Crawford found himself at the top of the criticism ladder. At this point though, he’s fine with it. The Nebraska product simply wants everyone to keep that same energy with Spence Jr.’s upcoming opponent.
“Everybody always coming at my throat, saying I ain’t fought nobody at the 147-pound division but I just be laughing. Let’s all be real, why should we consider Danny Garcia a top welterweight in the division?” Asked Crawford on his social media account. “Somebody tell me that.”
Crawford’s question may come off as malicious but in actuality, he revere’s Garcia.
“That’s my boy so I’m not hating on him or nothing. I’m cool with Danny, I came up with Danny. He can fight his ass off and that’s why I consider him one of the top welterweights in the division. I got him up there but if we go by what the media say then he’s not a top welterweight. He lost. He did his thing but he lost. Just being honest and keeping it real. His two shots that he had, he lost. Everybody always slamming my record and coming at my throat so let’s be real, Danny ain’t beat nobody in the welterweight division. He beat Paulie and Robert Guerrero but everybody beat them.”
While in the midst of questioning Garcia’s credentials at welterweight, Crawford also took aim at another former champion. One who is regarded as one of the very best as well.
“Shawn Porter ain’t beat a top welterweight y’all claim. He’s another one that came up short in a few fights but he made em close.”
When discussing who is the best at 147 pounds, the discussion normally begins and ends with Spence Jr. and Crawford. Despite all of the nonstop trash talk that takes place between the two, Crawford has a ton of respect for what Spence Jr. brings to the table. With that being said, when debating who’s the best in the welterweight division, Crawford doesn’t want to hear anything about Spence Jr., Porter, Garcia or even Keith Thurman and Manny Pacquiao.
“When we talking the number one guy in the division then we gotta be talking about Terence Crawford. You can say what you want but I won the fights that I had to win.”
Derrick James Rips Terence Crawford’s Resume: “On The Pound For Pound List He Has The Weakest Resume, They’re Matching Him Like A Prospect Still”
By: Hans Themistode
Derrick James, trainer of unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., isn’t amongst those heaping praise on Terence Crawford for his latest performance. The WBO welterweight belt holder made it look easy in his fourth round stoppage win against former titlist Kell Brook last weekend.
Crawford, 33, struggled with Brook in the first two rounds before dropping and pounding him out shortly after. Following the win, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) received loads of praise for his handiwork. Yet for James, although Brook was a former champion, he wasn’t the same.
“I watched the fight,” said James on Fight Hub TV. “But to be honest, I don’t know how to take it. Kell looked pretty decent but he was kind of shot and going in, they had to know that.”
Before James considered Brook a broken fighter, his champion in Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) fought the best version of him in 2017. Up until that point, it was by far the toughest challenge of Spence Jr.’s career but one that he passed with flying colors as he picked up the IBF title via 11th round stoppage.
The win by Crawford three years later isn’t viewed as impressive in the eyes of James. But even with the addition of Brook to Crawford’s ledger, it doesn’t compare much to whom Spence Jr. will be facing on December 5th.
“Even when you add Kell Brook to his resume, it still doesn’t add to what Danny Garcia has done. Danny Garcia has the deepest resume other than Manny Pacquiao and this is in boxing period.”
For James, resume and who you fight, along with when you fight them, is important. Because of that, he doesn’t believe that Crawford deserves to be considered the best fighter in the world, a distinction that has become the consensus in boxing circles.
“On the pound for pound list, he has the weakest resume. All of these other guys are fighting champions and they’re matching him like a prospect still.”
As of late, Crawford has received a ton of flak for the names plastered across his record. James struggles to remember any of the opponents that Crawford has fought during the course of his career. To the highly touted trainer, most of those names are unrecognizable.
“It’s apples and oranges. One guy has proven himself, the other guy tells you who his opponents are. With the Russian kid, Postol, we didn’t know who he was. They told us who he was. Then he fought the other guy after that, Indongo, we had no idea who he was. We still don’t know who he is.”
Angel Garcia On Terence Crawford’s Performance Against Kell Brook: “They Act Like He Just Beat Superman”
By: Hans Themistode
Fans and media members continue to play matchmaker. Fantasy matchups between unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and fellow belt holders Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao, continue to be on mostly everyone’s mind.
While it’s fun to discuss who would win those contests, the never-ending discussions have become disrespectful in the mind of Angel Garcia. The continued conversations essentially mean that his son, former two-division belt holder Danny Garcia, has no chance of dethroning Spence Jr. when the two face off on December 5th. While Angel respects Spence Jr. as a fighter, he believes that his team is looking way too far ahead.
“Right now they counting their chicks without hatching,” said Angel to Fight Hub TV. “Talking about fighting Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. They counting their chicks before it hatches.”
To the chagrin of Angel, a showdown between Crawford and Spence Jr. only intensified with the Nebraska native’s latest performance. Just last weekend, the WBO belt holder dropped former champion, Kell Brook, before ultimately stopping him dramatically shortly after. Since then, Crawford has received his fair share of praise.
Brook, 34, was beaten twice before in 2016 and 2017. Once at the hands of middleweight belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG) in the fifth round of a contest where Brook moved up two weight divisions and again, one year later. This time to Spence Jr. in the 11th round.
Still, Brook was competitive in both of his losses and never received the sort of beating that Crawford dished out to him before. While the performance may have been impressive to most, Angel simply doesn’t understand why he’s receiving all of this praise and attention.
“Terence Crawford just finished fighting Brook and they act like he just beat superman. GGG put the icing on the cake. He was never going to be the same after the ass whopping GGG gave him. He’s like Khan, he’s a big name in Europe. They love him and he sells tickets but his chin is done.”
Beyond Angel’s issue with Crawford receiving a disproportional amount of credit for what he believes was an easy fight, he also takes umbrage with the lack of respect that his son has received over the course of his career.
“Danny was unified champion. Ring magazine. When he unified titles they said Danny just know how to win. They said he was never pound for pound number one ever. But you got somebody else that wins one fight and they say he’s number one in the world.”
Terence Crawford Gives His Criteria For The Pound For Pound List And Defends His Resume: “The Guys That I Fought Are World Class Fighters”
By: Hans Themistode
Pound for pound lists are subjective to each individual. Not everyone views things the same. Some may value a person’s resume and the level of opposition they have fought, while others are more fixated on the length of a particular fighter’s title reign.
For WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford however, he has a different view on what constitutes a fighter’s placement on the pound for pound list.
“For me, when I think of pound for pound, I look at it as, how would you be in another weight class? That’s pound for pound,” said Crawford to Fight Hype during a recent interview. “Not if you just dominate one weight class. How would you do in the weight class above you or below you?”
Currently, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is in the midst of a two and a half year title reign. At no point has Crawford struggled with any of his opponents, including former belt holder Kell Brook last weekend. Crawford, 33, was given a bit of trouble during the first two rounds but quickly adjusted to hand Brook a trip to the canvas in the fourth round.
Much like his previous two title reigns in separate weight classes, Crawford continues to dominate. That consistent pattern is exactly why he believes he’s pound for pound number one in the sport.
“I done traveled from 135 to 140 to 147 and still dominated. That’s pound for pound for me.”
For as great as Crawford has been throughout his career, the former three division titlist has had a long line of detractors. The growing narrative surrounding his career is that he hasn’t fought anyone of note. Although his knockout win over Brook was highlight worthy, many have pointed to other stoppage losses in his career to Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Brook, along with various other names on his resume, have continued to receive a ho-hum reaction when a showdown with Crawford is announced. The nonstop criticism, however, doesn’t bother the slick switch hitter. In actuality, he finds it hilarious.
“When these people say he hasn’t fought anybody, I just laugh because they don’t know anything about boxing. The guys that I fought are world-class fighters. Just because you’re not a fan of that fighter and you don’t know too much about that fighter, he’s not world-class. You put Mean Machine (Egidijus Kavaliauskas) or the Kell Brook that I just fought in the ring with any top welterweight and they would give them fits, if not beat em. When you’re this good they try to downplay you.”
Bob Arum: “I Don’t Give A Shit If Team Crawford Got Mad At Me”
By: Hans Themistode
Bob Arum was all smiles when his WBO welterweight star Terence Crawford scored a fourth round knockout win over former belt holder Kell Brook this past weekend. Yet, Arum was apparently fuming behind the scenes.
Crawford, 34, has never been loquacious. The soft-spoken Nebraska native has always been content with letting his hands do the talking for him. So it came as no surprise that he didn’t go on an adamant rant over who he would like to face next. Crawford simply stated that he would like to resume talks to face Manny Pacquiao while also reiterating that if a fight with unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. did not come to fruition, then he would have no problem with it.
Arum now, is sick and tired of being the mouthpiece for his fighter, and he’s tired of watching his bank account dwindle away because of his lack of star power.
“He’s got to promote like (unified lightweight champion Teofimo) Lopez does,” said Arum following Crawford’s victory. “He’s got to promote like (former featherweight champion) Shakur (Stevenson) does. Like (Floyd) Mayweather did. Like (Manny) Pacquiao did. If he doesn’t, then who the fuck needs him? He may be the greatest fighter in the world, but, hey, I ain’t going bankrupt promoting him.”
The words of Arum weren’t taken too well by team Crawford and his star has since fired back.
“If he feels that way then he can release me now,” said Crawford on the Ak and Barak show. “If he feels like I’m not an asset to his company then he can release me now.”
The hurt feelings and sideway glances coming from both parties is something that Arum could care less about. Business is business and the 88-year-old doesn’t believe he did or said anything wrong.
“I don’t give a shit if team Crawford got mad at me,” said Arum to The Athletic. “This business is not about getting mad. This business is about facts and the reality of the situation. What’d I say that was wrong? I’ll show him how much we’ve lost on his fights.”
For years now, Crawford has asked to face some of the bigger names in the welterweight division including Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and of course, Errol Spence Jr. Crawford though, has settled for the likes of Jeff Horn, Jose Benavidez and most recently, Kell Brook.
More than any of those matchups, fans have been begging for a showdown between Spence Jr. and Crawford. Yet, with the unified titlist currently associated with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon, the road to their contest has been an arduous one. With that being said, Arum is still willing to put up a significant amount of money in order to make the contest happen. And although he has always believed that Crawford is the best fighter in the world, if his promotional rival in Al Haymon decided to snatch Crawford away from it, then he would have absolutely no problem with that.
“If we did this fight with Spence and put our money in for half of the risk, and Crawford wins and Haymon wants to sign him be my guest for Christ’s sake! I don’t have to make a lot of money with him on this (Spence fight). I know I’ll break even or make a couple dollars. In other words, I am not going to go in my pocket anymore for Terence Crawford. I’m no longer in the business of losing money on Terence Crawford.”
Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook Brings In An Average Of 1,758,000; Peaks At 2,078,000
By: Hans Themistode
The results are in, and by all accounts, all parties are fairly satisfied.
A peak audience of 2,078,000 tuned in to watch WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford outmuscle former titlist, Kell Brook, via fourth-round stoppage in their ESPN main event. Overall, an average of 2,029,000 flipped on their television screens to watch the event in its entirety.
Outside of ESPN’s recent telecast which was headlined by then unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and then, IBF belt holder Teofimo Lopez, Crawford vs Brook was the most watched bout on ESPN in several years. An average of 2,729,000 and a peak number of 2,898,000 boxing fans witnessed Lopez make history on October 17th, as he became the youngest undisputed champion in boxing history with his win over Lomachenko.
Crawford’s night at the office may be a massive success but it wasn’t his best showing in terms of the numbers. That would come three years earlier in June of 2017 when Crawford took on Jose Benavidez Jr. The two spent most of their fight build up exchanging verbal threats with one another and had to be kept apart on several occasions. Their words reached its crescendo during their weigh-ins when Benavidez pushed Crawford which resulted in the pound for pound star throwing a punch at his opponent. Just one day later, Crawford would make Benavidez pay for his actions with a 12th round stoppage victory.
Things weren’t nearly as tense during Crawford’s fight build up with Brook. With that being said, the pair exchanged heated words as Crawford became apoplectic with Brook’s threats that he would rip away his WBO title and bring it back home to England. Those words however, failed to materialize on the night.
Brook started well, jabbing his man and winning the early exchanges. Yet, it was Crawford who made several adjustments which resulted in Brook hitting the deck in the deck in the fourth round before he was subsequently stopped a few seconds later.
Terence Crawford: “I want Pacquiao, Everything was already 95 percent done”
By: Hans Themistode
WBO welterweight star Terence Crawford has never been one to call out fighters. He’s simply been content with fighting the best out there no matter who it is. Yet, following a fourth round win over former welterweight belt holder Kell Brook, Crawford kept his answer short and sweet when asked who he wants to go after next.
“I want Pacquiao,” said Crawford following his victory.
Crawford, 33, has been linked to a possible showdown with Pacquiao for years now. But most of the boxing world has pushed for him to face off with unified champion Errol Spence Jr. While a matchup with the aforementioned Spence Jr. is something that he would take in a heartbeat, Pacquiao (62-7, 39 KOs) is at the top of his list.
“Yeah, of course,” said Crawford when asked if he wants to face Pacquiao more than Spence Jr. “I want Pacquiao.”
Facing off with the 41-year-old WBA welterweight titlist was apparently just within the former three division champions reach. Just before COVID-19 made its unwanted presence felt, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) revealed that both his team and team Pacquiao were on the verge of finalizing a deal for a contest that would take place in the Middle East this year. However, with such a big event, the mere thought of having it inside of an empty arena was unsatisfactory which led to the deal falling apart.
Unfortunately for Crawford, COVID-19 is not only still running rampant, but thriving. Spikes in various parts of the world have been reported as there doesn’t appear to be a reprieve in sight. Still, if there is any possibility at all to return back to the negotiating table, Crawford is all in.
“I want to revisit that fight,” explained Crawford. “It’s a fight that should have happened right now but because of the pandemic, they weren’t going to allow fans in the middle eastern so we had to put a halt to that. Everything was already 95 percent done. We had the venue and the money was almost there but not quite there. That was the only thing we were waiting on but the only thing that messed up the fight was the fans.”
For years now, several notable names have expressed a concern in a possible matchup between the two. The soon to be 42 year old Pacquiao has been boxing for a quarter century. Former promoter of Pacquiao and the current promoter of Crawford were amongst those waving the stop sign in front of a possible matchup between the pair.
“He doesn’t want to fight Crawford,” said Arum to FightHype during an interview last year. “He didn’t want to fight Crawford when I was promoting him. There’s no disgrace in Pacquiao not fighting Crawford. Pacquiao is not competitive with Crawford. He’s a great fighter still, but he’s not competitive.”
Despite his trepidation for Pacquiao, Arum seemed more willing to help push that fight over the finish line as recently as this year. For Crawford, he doesn’t view Pacquiao as someone who would avoid him. With 25 years as a professional boxer coupled with eight division world titles, the future first ballot hall of famer has never shied away from a challenge. Even at the age of 41, Pacquiao has shown that there is still plenty left in the tank.
“Manny is a true champion. He’s never shied away from any challenge at any time. He’s fighting young lions and beat two of them in Broner and Keith Thurman.”
Tim Bradley On Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr: “It’s Not Going To Happen”
By: Hans Themistode
WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford and unified champion Errol Spence Jr. are seemingly joined at the hip. Simply put, it’s difficult to mention one without the other.
With Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) recently decapitating former IBF champion Kell Brook this past weekend, the chatter and demand for the pair to face each other began to echo through the empty MGM Grand Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both Crawford and his promoter Bob Arum, have expressed optimism over the years that their contest will in fact take place. Yet for former multiple division champion and now ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley, he simply rolls his eyes whenever anyone gets excited about their possible matchup taking place.
“It’s not going to happen,” said Bradley to FightHype following Crawford’s fourth round victory over Brook.
Issues between Arum and his Top Rank Promotional company and Premier Boxing Champions, the banner in which Spence Jr. fights under, has been an impediment to a possible deal coming to fruition. While Bradley salivates over a possible matchup between them down the line, the former champion can’t help but notice a glaring similarity between Spence Jr. vs Crawford and another high profile fight who many believe took far too long to take place.
“They doing the same thing that they did with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.”
At one point in the mid to late 2000s, both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao not only campaigned in the same weight class, but they were also universally recognized as the best pound for pound fighters in the world. A matchup between them split the opinions of boxing fans as they had difficulty choosing sides. The need to see them face off in the ring became an obvious one, but due to various reasons, the two future first ballot hall of famers spent countless years without coming to terms on a bout agreement. It wasn’t until 2015 where both men were able to hammer out a deal that placated each side.
Their contest was hyped as the fight of the decade, yet, after 12 rounds, most of the public found their matchup to be uneventful and past its expiration date.
For Bradley, the 37-year-old believes that a showdown with Spence Jr. and Crawford is going down that same road. But unlike the numerous contract issues that plagued a Mayweather vs Pacquiao contest for years, Bradley simply views Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) as having too many options on his plate, including his December 5th showdown with Danny Garcia.
“If Spence beats Garcia then he would supposedly fight Porter next. Then who’s next over there? He could fight Thurman and that’s another two years, year and a half from now. And then possibly Pacquiao after that if Pacquiao’s still in the game. And then, Terence Crawford when it’s three years, two and a half years from now.”
The clock between a matchup with the undefeated pound for pound stalwarts is counting down at an expedited pace. But as long as Crawford continues to do business with Bob Arum and Spence Jr. with Premier Boxing Champions, Bradley is left without answers in terms of how a deal is made.
With that being said, Crawford’s promotional contract with Top Rank expires in late 2021 which could open the door for the Nebraska native to jump ship. Still, even if that were to happen, Bradley remains pessimistic.
“If Terence was to somehow end up over there, I still don’t see the fight happening but even if it happens, it’s going to be too long. We want to see it in their primes.”
Although Bradley doesn’t see a pathway to their contest taking place in the near future, the recently retired fighter allowed himself to think positively for a moment. The 37-year-old would love to be wrong and hopes that their contest does take place sooner rather than later. If he is indeed erroneous in his assumptions, Bradley doesn’t hesitate when picking a winner.
“Terence would win that fight. Nobody makes better adjustments than Terence Crawford. They see it, I’m not saying that Spence is scared but I’m just saying that they see it.”
Bob Arum: “Spence And Garcia Are Fighting December 5th, Terence Crawford Beats Both Of Them The Same Night”
By: Hans Themistode
Unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and former two division world titlist Danny Garcia are currently hard at work as they prepare for their December 5th clash. Yet, no matter how hard they work on their craft, according to promoter Bob Arum, neither of them will ever be able to compete with WBO belt holder Terence Crawford.
After witnessing his welterweight star adjust to a game Kell Brook in the early goings last night, before dropping and stopping him in the fourth round of their ESPN main event, Arum’s belief in Crawford has skyrocketed. So much so that even if the 88-year-old promoter stacked the deck against his man, he still doesn’t see him losing.
“Let me tell you something and I mean this,” said Arum following Crawford’s victory. “Spence and Garcia are fighting December 5th. If they really want to make a big Pay-Per-View, I’ll put Terence Crawford in with both of them one at a time and he’d beat both of them the same night. He is far and away the best welterweight in the world.”
Since making the move to 147 pounds in mid 2018, the 33-year-old Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has proven that size is no issue at all, having stopped every welterweight he has faced thus far. When discussing Crawford’s ability, Arum gushes over his smooth transition from southpaw to orthodox, his ring IQ, speed and of course–power.
The combination of skill and grit not only makes Crawford the best fighter in the welterweight division in Arum’s book, but the long time promoter is also under the impression that his skillset would match up with anyone’s across boxing history.
“He goes back to the great welterweights like Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns. He would be competitive with them. The welterweights around now are not competitive with Terence Crawford.”
Terence Crawford Makes Quick Work Of Kell Brook
Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has always been a slow starter and tonight at the MGM Grand Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, he came out sluggish from the opening bell. His opponent on the night in 34 year old former welterweight champion Kell Brook took full advantage.
Over the course of two rounds, Brook (39-3, 27 KOs) out landed the WBO title holder. His slim lead however, wouldn’t last long as Crawford began finding his rhythm in the third round. While things seemed to be just picking up, within the blink of an eye, Crawford ended things.
As the fourth round began, Crawford landed a seemingly harmless jab. Yet, the moment it landed, Brook fell back into the ropes. From there, the former three division champion swarmed his foe until he hit the deck.
To the credit of Brook, he managed to stagger back to his feet. However, it didn’t take long for Crawford to close the show as referee stepped in to call a halt to their contest.
Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook: Fight Preview
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford has always been an active champion. Yet, with a worldwide pandemic ravishing through most of the world, the Nebraska native was forced to sit on the sidelines until things became more clear.
Now, after spending 11 months on the shelf, the consensus number one fighter in the world will return to the ring to defend his WBO welterweight title as he takes on Kell Brook at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brook, a former welterweight champion in his own right, has spent the better part of a year begging to face Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) in the ring. The 34-year-old will now get his wish when the two face off in the main event.
At one point, Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) was considered amongst the very best in the welterweight division. The British native crossed the pond in 2014 to hand then champion Shawn Porter the first loss of his career while ripping away his title. Back to back losses at the hands of Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. however, saw Brook’s title reign truncated and his stay at welterweight vacated.
In his past three fights, Brook has campaigned at the Jr middleweight division but seemingly had little trouble in making the 147 pound limit for his showdown with Crawford. The reviews coming from his camp and from multiple time champion Billy Joe Saunders, is that Brook is coming into this contest in the best shape of his life. Regardless of that, oddsmakers aren’t buying it as they’ve tabbed Brook as high as a 20-1 underdog.
For Crawford, the 33-year-old isn’t looking at his upcoming showdown in the same fashion as the betting public. The former three division titlist has given Brook all of the respect in the world during most of their build up. With that being said, he might be expecting an arduous time on the night but like most of the public, Crawford is also expecting his hand to be raised at the end of the night.
The action begins at 7 P.M. eastern time on ESPN.
Billy Joe Saunders Believes In Kell Brook Against Terence Crawford: “I’m Backing Him, He’s In The Best Shape Of His Life”
By: Hans Themistode
WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is in the minority. The overwhelming thought process surrounding WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford and his showdown against former belt holder Kell Brook tomorrow night, is that it will be an easy night at the office for the undefeated champion.
Brook, 34, hasn’t boxed at the 147 pound welterweight limit since a 2017 loss at the hands of Errol Spence Jr. which resulted in the end of his title reign. Despite years of fighting one weight class higher, Brook decided that an opportunity to face Crawford was simply too good to pass up on and elected to move back down.
Oddsmakers are under the belief that the move for Brook won’t pay dividends as he’s been penciled as roughly a 20-1 underdog. Regardless of those odds, Saunders is standing right behind his countrymen.
“I believe if his mind is right then I’m backing him,” said Saunders to IFL TV during a recent interview. “He’s in the best shape of his life.”
Before Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) suffered back to back broken orbital bones which resulted in back-to-back defeats, the British product was viewed as one of the best welterweights in the world. In August of 2014, Brook made the long trek to make his American debut. On the night, the now 34-year-old handed former two time champion Shawn Porter the first loss of his career.
Saunders belief in Brook doesn’t stem from simply their friendship. Despite being separated by three weight classes, Saunders has spent time in the ring with the former titlist to help his preparation. Although he refrained from giving the exact details of their sparring sessions, Saunders was left impressed with everything that Brook did in the ring. Including carrying enough power to make the much bigger Saunders take notice.
“I think Terence Crawford is pound for pound number one but I’ve sparred Kell. Kell is a very, very good puncher. You don’t see him coming and I just think that if Kell Brook shows up the best that he can turn up then we got a new world champion.”
Kell Brook Believes He Knows Exactly How Matchup With Terence Crawford Plays Out: “I Believe I Stop Him Or He Quits On The Stool”
By: Hans Themistode
Kell Brook has watched numerous Terence Crawford contests, including sitting front row for his sixth round stoppage victory over fellow British native Amir Khan in mid 2019. Brook, by all accounts, views the WBO welterweight titlist as not only a great fighter, but the very best in the sport of boxing.
With that being said, Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) has spent a bit of time looking through Crawford’s resume and when he juxtaposes it with his own, he’s left unimpressed.
“I’m fighting the best pound for pound fighter,” said Brook during a recent press conference. “But Terence Crawford has never been in with a welterweight with the size and the confidence that I own. He’s never been in with Golovkin and Spence these pound for pound champions. He’s never been in with anybody.”
Brook’s sole losses on his resume came at the hands of the aforementioned Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The latter resulted in him losing his IBF welterweight title after a three year reign. On both occasions, the former welterweight champion suffered broken orbital bones before succumbing to their relentless power before reaching the final bell.
Each defeat left Brook crushed, but with three straight victories of his own, the 34-year-old believes he’s not only going to beat Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) this Saturday night and rip away his world title, but also make a statement in the process.
“I believe I stop him or he quits on the stool.”
Saying what he’ll do is easy but following several months sequestered in training camp, Brook is confident that he did all of the work necessary in order to turn his threats into a reality.
“I’ve got to do absolutely everything right,” explained Brook. “I’ve been the first one in the gym and the last one out, putting in the hard work. I’m going to have to show something that I’ve never shown before. I’ve never been ready for a fight like this before, I’m fully prepared.”
Terence Crawford: “I know for A Fact If I Retire, I’m Gonna Be In The Hall Of Fame”
By: Hans Themistode
At the age of 33, Terence Crawford doesn’t believe his career is nearing its finish line. With 12 years as a professional under his belt, no one has come close to blemishing the Nebraska native’s unbeaten record. If you ask Crawford, he’ll tell you that he’s smack in the middle of his prime and still has more that he wants to accomplish.
With that being said, if for some unforeseen reason the 33 year old decided to hang up his gloves this very minute, he believes that the next stop for him will be the hall of fame.
“I feel like I’m able to retire whenever I want, truthfully,” said Crawford to Andre Ward on “Relentless: Terence Crawford. “I feel like I’ve done enough to be in the Hall of Fame right now, today. When I look at fighters that’s in the Hall of Fame, I say, ‘Man, I accomplished way more than them.’ So, I think in my head, ‘I know for a fact if I retire, I’m gonna be in the Hall of Fame.”
While Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) looks around the hallowed grounds of the boxing hall of fame, he continues to notice that his credentials stack up with anyone else’s. Yet, the Nebraska product has been peppered with critical remarks from fans who would like to see him take a step up in competition. Their words however, don’t exactly bother him. With everything that he has already accomplished, the WBO welterweight titlist won’t let anyone diminish his achievements.
“Champion in three different weight classes. Undisputed [in the junior welterweight division]. ‘Fighter of the Year.’ ESPY award-winner. Everything that I have accomplished in the sport of boxing. So, deep down in my heart, I know, you know, where I’m heading. I’m not ashamed if I walked away from the sport of boxing because I’ll walk away with my head high.”
Rattling off his list of accomplishments may bring a smile to his face, but at the moment, he’s tucked those memories away as he focuses on his future. In just a few more days, Crawford will attempt to make the fourth defense of his welterweight title against former titleholder Kell Brook at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford is by no means looking past the 34 year old Brook, but he does expect their contest to play out similarly to his previous bouts. Should that happen, the former three division world titlist has pondered what would be next for him. If the decision was solely his, Crawford knows exactly who he wants to fight before he pulls down the curtain on his career.
“If I could fight all the fighters, you know, and then walk away, Pacquiao would be the number one. Spence, he’ll be right after that. Danny Garcia. Keith Thurman. And that’s it.”