Terence Crawford will fight Shawn Porter in the sternest test of his illustrious career so far on November 20 in Las Vegas.
The 33-year-old will put his unbeaten 37-0 record on the line against Porter, who is a two-time former welterweight world champion.
Crawford is widely considered to be one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world, along with Canelo Alvarez and Naoya Inoue, and will look to cement that once again at the Mandalay Bay.
Terence Crawford will fight Shawn Porter in a huge fight on November 20 in Las Vegas
Porter fought Errol Spence Jr in 2019 in a fight of the year contender, losing by split decision
He has not fought since last November, when he beat Britain’s Kell Brook inside four rounds, and in 2019 he also stopped the Sheffield fighter’s big rival Amir Khan.
Crawford and promoter Bob Arum publicly fell out last year, and the pair have been frustrated about the inability to secure a bout with one of the other major welterweight contenders, due to many of them being promoted elsewhere.
A fight with Errol Spence Jr is one boxing fans have long hoped to see, but Crawford revealed he is fed up of chasing his rivals.
‘I’ve been calling for those fights since I’ve been at 140,’ he told DAZN. ‘If you go back all the way, I was calling out Keith Thurman, Errol Spence, all those guys.
Crawford and Bob Arum have struggled to secure bouts with the biggest names in the division
‘Once I moved up everybody was saying get a belt. I move up to and I get a belt my first fight – no tune-up – at welterweight.
‘I’m not about to be playing these games where they say, ‘We’ll fight you when we’ll fight you,’ on their terms. If we’re going to fight, we’re gonna fight, if we’re not, we’re not. It’s cool.’
Porter has fought both Thurman and Spence, and went the full 12 rounds with two of the division’s best.
Against Thurman he lost by unanimous decision, but his bout with Spence was a fight of the year contender and he lost the unification clash by split decision.
A fight with undisputed light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor could be next for Crawford
Should Crawford get the better of Porter, Arum is hopeful that a fight with Scotland’s undisputed light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor, who he also promotes, could be next.
‘We hope, early next year we will be able to do a fight that will blow the lid off of everything in the UK,’ said Arum.
‘That would be Taylor challenging Crawford for the welterweight title.’
- Terence Crawford: I don’t care about fighting Errol Spence Jr. anymore | DAZN News US