WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (Terence Crawford) waited for many years to finally face a top star in the department. His chance finally came on Saturday night, when he faced two-time former welterweight champion Sean Porter in a huge pay-per-view matchup.
Crawford has long been a major figure at the top of the pound versus pound list. He won his welterweight title in June 2018 over Jeff Horne in Tseung Kwan O. As part of the stability of the Top Rank, he was excluded from the competition with the welterweight big names, who are all fighting under the banner of Premier Boxing Champions. Nevertheless, Crawford’s skills continue to show, he successfully defended the championship four times, all stopped the ball.
Porter, a PBC boxer, finally became a standoff with Crawford when the WBO listed him as a mandatory challenger. Porter won his first welterweight title in December 2013 and decided to defeat Devin Alexander. After two games, he lost the belt due to the split decision against Kyle Brook. In June 2016, Porter also suffered a failure in the next race for the championship, he gave up the difficult decision of Keith Thurman.
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Porter’s staying power in the department was shown in September 2018, when he defeated Daniel Garcia and decided to become a WBC champion. He will hold this belt until he loses an exciting war with Errol Spence Jr. in the split decision in December 2019.
Spence is the largest item on the Porter or Crawford menu, Porter wants a chance to retaliate, and Crawford wants a showdown with another top dog in the department. The winner will receive the WBO title and may fight Spence in the near future.
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 is the complete information for purchasing and viewing PPV events, as well as battle cards and the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
Crawford vs. Potter watch information
- date: November 20
- Place: Mandalay Bay Resort – Las Vegas
- Starting time: 9pm Eastern Time (Main Card)| Price: USD 69.99
- How to watch: ESPN+ PPV
Crawford vs. Porter battle card, odds
- 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
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