Crawford and Porter find an agreement


Terence Crawford has gotten the big challenge he’s been looking for. Crawford, who has long been ranked number two on ESPN’s pound-for-pound chart, and Shawn Porter have struck a deal for a WBO welterweight title fight that will take place on November 20 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, an event that will be broadcast on pay-per-view on ESPN+. Mike Coppinger on ESPN revealed that Crawford will get six million dollars for this fight, while Porter will get four million.

The deal ends weeks of negotiations between Top Rank, which promotes Crawford, and the PBC, which has Porter’s power of attorney. The two sides put a lot of effort into finding this deal, as they rarely work together, the only exception being the match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. This challenge in spite of the one between the two heavyweights, will not be broadcast by multiple television stations, but a single broadcast that will show the challenge exclusively.

Crawford will be making his fifth defense of the WBO welterweight title, which he won by beating Jeff Horn in June 2018. Since moving up to welterweight, Bob Arum’s fighter has always looked for a high-level challenge with one of the top guys in the class, but without much success. One of the main reasons lies in the fact that most of the valuable fighters at welterweight are managed by Al Haymon, who rarely does business with Bob Arum.

The mandatory challenge imposed by the WBO between Crawford and Porter has broken the ties between the two promoters, who have come to an agreement without resorting to an auction.Crawford told ESPN, “I’m very excited. Now I can show my talent and show who I am to the general public as well, something they haven’t seen before. Because I don’t think I’ve shown them my best yet.”

Porter, a two-time welterweight world champion known for his aggressive style and grit, has often fought top-tier fighters such as Spence, Thurman, Garcia and Yordenis Ugas. The former world champion scored a win against both Ugas and Garcia, while he lost his reunion to Errol Spence Jr, surrendering his WBC title in the category.

“It’s extremely big…but experience doesn’t mean anything if you don’t use it; my record speaks for itself though,” Porter told Saturday ESPN. “Everyone has seen what I’ve done, every fight I’ve had. If you look at the experience in this match, I’m the one who has more than Terence Crawford, that’s a fact. Obviously I’m telling you that this fight between Crawford and I is going to be great. I’m telling you I have what it takes to beat him, so rest assured, I will.”