Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter have struck a deal for a welterweight title struggle on Nov. 20 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay on ESPN+ PPV, a number of sources advised ESPN, avoiding a handbag bid that was scheduled for midday ET the place the rights to the struggle had been slated to be auctioned off.
The pact ends weeks of negotiations between High Rank, which promotes Crawford, and PBC, which handles Porter. The 2 sides hardly ever do enterprise, with a pair of fights between heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder being a uncommon exception.
Not like these fights, this is not going to be a joint pay-per-view with Fox, the community that has a take care of PBC. High Rank will promote and lead the occasion in affiliation with PBC.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), the WBO welterweight champion, has one struggle left on his take care of High Rank, sources advised ESPN, and will depart the promotion after this struggle.
He final fought in November when he defended his title with a fourth-round TKO of light contender Kell Brook in Las Vegas.
Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs), a former welterweight title holder, is understood for his relentless strain type and all the time delivers thrilling scraps.
ESPN’s No. 4 welterweight, Porter will signify the hardest problem of Crawford’s profession, on paper. The Omaha, Nebraska, native turns 34 later this month, and whereas his spectacular ring work earned him the No. 2 rating on ESPN’s pound-for-pound listing, it is the results of the attention check greater than whom he has crushed.
Crawford’s finest win got here in 2016, a unanimous-decision victory over former champion Viktor Postol. He has lengthy been challenged for his lack of top-flight opposition regardless of his standing within the sport (he is presently No. 1 in ESPN’s welterweight rankings). A convincing victory over a fighter like Porter would show he deserves that recognition.
https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/32207808/sources-terence-crawford-shawn-porter-strike-deal-nov-20-welterweight-title-bout | Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter strike deal for Nov. 20 welterweight title bout