Pound-for-pound star Terence “Bud” Crawford has called welterweight superstars for years. His long wait for a defining fight for inheritance is now over. Crawford will defend his WBO world welterweight title and unbeaten record on Saturday, November 20 against two-time welterweight champion and WBO No.1 “Showtime” contender Shawn Porter at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with TGB Promotions, Crawford-Porter will be a Top Rank PPV exclusively on ESPN + in the US at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Tickets starting at $ 54 go on sale Monday, October 4 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased by visiting AXS.com. Undercard information will be announced shortly.
“It’s a fight that reminds me of all the great welterweight battles of the ’80s and’ 90s, two leading fighters who aren’t afraid to take on the biggest challenge they face,” said said Top Rank President Bob Arum. “Terence has wanted a challenge like this for a very long time, and I have no doubts he will rise to the occasion. Shawn Porter, however, is not an easy night for any fighter.
“I’ve called up the best welterweights since I went down to 147 in 2018, and I’m delighted Shawn has stepped up,” Crawford said. “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 skeptics and prove that I am the best welterweight in the world. “
Porter said, “I’ve wanted this fight for a long time and now my patience has paid off. Throughout my career, I have faced the best and have proven myself as a man who gives 100 percent in everything I do. Terence Crawford is a great all-around fighter who is very athletic just like me. We are the two best welterweights in the world, and on November 20 we will have the chance to prove who is the best. Fight fans can look forward to a big show that night, and with this win, I’m going to cement myself as the best welterweight of this era.
Matt Kenny, Vice President, Programming and Acquisition, ESPN added, “We are delighted to present this successful welterweight showdown exclusively on ESPN + PPV. This is the kind of fight boxing fans dream of and we look forward to a great event on November 20. “
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), the threeweight world champion from America’s heart, Omaha, Nebraska, has made four world title defenses since defeating Jeff “The Hornet” Horn in June. 2018. A mainstay near the top rungs of the iconic pound-for-pound rankings, Crawford has been world champion since March 2014. He beat WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns on enemy soil in Scotland and made his debut title defense in front of the Omaha faithful with a ninth-round stop on Yuriorkis Gamboa. Crawford became the first man in the four-belt era to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion, and he’s 4-0 with four knockouts since coming to welterweight. His streak of eight consecutive eliminations dates back to July 2016, when he made a one-sided decision over Viktor “The Iceman” Postol at MGM Grand Garden Arena to unify two of the world junior welterweight titles. Crawford just won the fourth round knockout last November against Kell Brook inside the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble.
Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs), a 13-year-old pro from Akron, Ohio, first tasted championship glory in December 2013 when he defeated previously undefeated Devon Alexander for win the IBF welterweight title. He knocked out two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi in his first title defense before Brook edged him out by majority decision in August 2014. Over the next seven years, Porter continued to fight the elite welterweight. , becoming two-time world champion in 2018 when he toppled Danny Garcia to win the WBC welterweight title. He defended that title against future Manny Pacquiao conqueror Yordenis Ugas before pushing Errol Spence Jr. to the limit in a title unification tilt in September 2019. After relinquishing a split decision to Spence, Porter regrouped with a one-sided decision on Sebastian Formella in August 2020 to set up the Crawford showdown.
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