24 Nov 2021 | 08:10
Another major PPV event is on tap this week with the return of Terence “Bud” Crawford to the ring. The WBO welterweight champion is back in Las Vegas for arguably his biggest test to date in the 147-pound division when he faces former champion Shawn Porter in the main event of an ESPN+ PPV from the Mandalay Bay.
Crawford is a perfect 37-0 in his pro career with 28 wins by knockout. After holding titles at both lightweight and becoming undisputed junior welterweight champion, he captured the WBO welterweight title with a TKO of Jeff Horn in June 2018. He has made four defenses of the title, all by TKO, though criticism of his level of opposition has remained.
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That criticism is largely a product of Crawford being a Top Rank fighter while the rest of the welterweight elite fight under the PBC umbrella. Porter is one of those PBC fighters, giving Crawford the opportunity to meet a new level of challenge.
“I respect everything that Shawn does. Shawn is athletic, he can box, he can bang, he can move around in the ring, he can cut corners and take angles,” Crawford said at the final press conference. “I’m not going to sit here and say that I don’t respect anything that he does. I’m just going to say that I do a lot of things better than Shawn. I’m going to show him come Saturday.”
Porter, 34, has just three losses on his resume — all against elite foes at the time of their meeting. He earned the IBF welterweight crown in 2013 with a win over Devon Alexander before dropping it to Kell Brook in 2014. He then failed in his bid for the WBA crown in a thriller against Keith Thurman in 2016. He bounced back to secure the WBC crown in 2018 with a win over Danny Garcia before dropping that title in his unification with Errol Spence Jr. in 2019 that was razor thin.
“There are people you can get to, and there are people that you can’t get to. I’m one of those people that you can’t get to, and I got a feeling that you can get to him quicker on the microphone than you can in the ring. In the ring, he is solid, but there may be something that is posted or said that might have an affect on him [during] the fight,” Porter said.
Below is all the latest information for the welterweight championship showdown and how you can watch the action set for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Plus, the latest fight card news and rumors with the latest odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook