In the eight years since Terence Crawford debuted on the national stage, the energetic boxer/boxer has grown into three championships and a leader in the pound-to-pound ranking.
This does not necessarily mean that anyone can confidently claim to know how great the 34-year-old Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is actually. This weekend, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, everything will change.
Since boxing politics is always frustrating, Crawford spent most of his career feasting on second-rate and long-declining opponents. However, since WBO named the former two-time champion Sean Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) as his mandatory opponent, the two fighters from both sides of the network and promotion divide will pay on Saturday Way showdown-a showdown according to the view that is expected to sizzle.
At the age of 34, Porter can claim to be the most active and ambitious member of the star-studded welterweight class, while Crawford’s weight is slowly rising. The two-tier champion played against Devin Alexander, Pauli Malinaji, Kyle Brook, Adrian Bronner, Keith Thurman, Andrea Berto, Dany Garcia, and Jodanius in the entire competition. Gas and Errol Spencer share the ring, he weighs 147 pounds, and most of the matches are against the main version of those fighters.
Although Porter has not won all the major challenges he has undertaken, he is competitive and exciting in every challenge. More importantly, he has been developing his style.
Porter was originally a scarred boxer. He was as domineering as a defender who broke through the melee line. Porter added fake moves and fast footwork to his game while improving his pure boxing ability.
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In the end, Crawford found himself staring at his opponent on the opposite side of the field. He was able to play his best side, and the natives of Omaha, Nebraska seemed to be as excited about this as his critics.
“I respect everything Sean does. Sean is athletic, he can box, he can hit the ball, he can move around the basket, he can cut corners and angles. I won’t sit here and say I don’t” No respect for anything he did,” Crawford said. “I just want to say that I do a lot better than Sean in many things. I will show it to him on Saturday.
“Once we signed that contract, the switch was flipped. I can’t wait to go there on Saturday to show my talent and look great. Before that, now I’m just shuddering and playing Call of Duty all day long. People stay in the room. I stay in the room all day to isolate.”
Porter grew up in the suburbs of Ohio and has had intersections with Crawford since his amateur days. He has been pushing the fight between the two behind the scenes for many years, despite Crawford’s claim that Al Haimon, the founder of the premier boxing champion He has been deliberately frozen.
From Porter’s point of view, Crawford has established his position in the future Hall of Fame and hopes to consolidate his position by defeating him.
“I’m pretty sure I’m on the brink of the Hall of Fame,” Porter said. “With this, this battle is not for me to win or go home, it is victory or something else. My life now depends on winning this battle and defeating Terence Crawford. He is a dominant one. The status of the warrior, everyone in his presence is used, he is the master.
“For me, he can’t control and defeat him and complete the communication. I understand everything needed to defeat Terence.”
Although he suffered a lightning strike in his stoppage time victory against Egidijus Kavaliauskas in 2019, Crawford was barely affected at 140 pounds and 147 pounds. One will have to go back to his breakthrough victory over the undefeated Yuri Olkis Gambos in the 2014 Youngweight Division to see Crawford being forced to make key adjustments to change momentum while also absorbing Punish to distribute one’s own game.
The good news for fans is that Crawford has no plans to try to suppress Porter from the outside, and hopes to gain a foothold in the face of Porter’s trademark pressure.
“What’s different from other fighters is [Porter] Fighting, I am different,” Crawford said. “The more you push, the more I push. The more you come, the more I come. Everyone is always saying,’Why do you even set fire to fire when you can box him up? That’s because I like that, I like that. You beat me hard, I want to beat you hard. See who can hold it. ”
Crawford is about to obtain free agent status, which makes him uncertain whether he can play a super showdown with Spencer, whom fans have dreamed of for many years. As he entered the final game of his top trade, Crawford was largely silent about his future lately, as did Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Understandably, the focus has always been on the here and now. Porter hopes to push Crawford in a way that other opponents cannot.
“There are some people you can reach, and some people you can’t reach. I am one of those people you can’t reach. I have a feeling that you can find him with a microphone faster than you can in the ring. In the ring , He is reliable, but what he may have posted or said may affect him [during] Fight,” Potter said.
“I am very relaxed, I am drinking water, just waiting for my time. I am a performance time fighter, I can’t wait for the ESPN+PPV performance time. I am a very calm person. I like things to be relaxed, but fighting Zhou is always easy for me.”
The hole cards are filled with some interesting names. Former junior lightweight champion Isaac Dogbe returns to the featherweight preliminaries against Christopher Diaz. Dogbe, with a 132-pound NABF championship title, has won two consecutive victories. Diaz lost to Emauel Navarrete in April. In addition, middleweight forward Janibek Alimkhanuly returns because he wants to continue his undefeated record with Hassan N’Dam.
Also in the qualifiers, junior lightweight rookie Karlos Balderas returned in the game against Julio Cortez. The 25-year-old Balderas from California has a record of 10-1 and has nine knockouts so far in his career. He recovered from the TKO loss to Juan Rene Tellez in December 2019, and TKO defeated Fidel Cervantes in August. Cortez entered the game with a score of 15-3, but lost a decisive defeat in his last game.
Below are the remaining PPV parts of the card and detailed predictions of the main events.
Battle card, odds
Odds for betting on Caesars Sports
- Terence Crawford (c) -700 vs. Shawn Porter +500, WBO welterweight champion
- Esquiva Falcao -650 vs. Patrice Volny +475, middleweight
- Janibek Alimkhanuly -2500 vs. Hassan N’Dam +1200, middleweight
- Raymond Muratalla -2200 vs. Elias Damian Araujo +1100, lightweight
Let’s not bury lede here: this has all the qualities to be a perfect example of high-speed chess between giant theaters and elite stars.
After Porter’s exciting split decision to lose to Spencer in 2019, what was somewhat lost was that Spencer later admitted to completely abandoning the game plan in order to stand with Porter and quarrel. The reason was because he publicly despised Potter and was convinced that he could drag him down and stop him with relative ease.
Crawford may not accept Porter so easily. However, as he commented above, as long as Potter can continuously enter to force him to do so, he will stand up and trade with him.
This is how the effectiveness of Porter’s non-stop style will determine whether he really has a chance to win this battle, or whether he just sells his name to Crawford to consolidate the resume of the undefeated champion.
When Porter combined the aggressiveness he showed early in his career with the fast footwork and feints he added later, he was at his best. But this is the most effective style against elite fighters with slower feet, which is why it was so effective in his 2018 victory over Daniel Garcia.
Crawford’s speed is too fast, and Potter can’t overwhelm him by action alone. He needs to use the perfect combination of his two styles to make Crawford guess. The problem, however, is that Crawford is more versatile than Porter and can easily switch positions so that it may perfectly offset Porter’s best plan.
The likelihood of Porter entering the second half of the battle on the scorecard and needing a full blitz is still high. Fortunately for the fans, the result should be sheer excitement, because Porter is bankrupt at an aggressive level like a runway train, and he hasn’t fully shown it since Beto was demolished in 2017.
Porter is likely to be the most difficult challenge Crawford has yet to face. But successfully fighting against bullfighters like Crawford was a mountain, and it was too big for the ambitious Potter.
It was not impossible for Crawford to stop Crawford by hitting Potter with something he couldn’t see. Either way, this should meet all its lofty expectations, mainly because Porter is one of the only skilled fighters who dare to let Crawford prove that he is truly great.
Pick: Crawford via UD12
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