Terence Crawford has been widely recognized as one of the best boxers in the world. The only thing against him is that he hasn’t actually been tested. On November 20 in Las Vegas, the world’s questions about Crawford’s greatness will be answered when the WBO weight champion defends his title against two-time “Showtime” champion Shawn Porter.
Crawford (37-0.28 KOs) is an undisputed former junior welterweight champion who moved up to the welterweight division in an attempt to start his belt collection at 147 pounds. He won the WBO title back in 2018 by punishing Jeff Horn but was unable to face one of the other title holders due to boxing politics. However, he made four consecutive title defenses all of which ended in a knockout to establish him as one of the best.
But if the boxing world believes he has the potential to become the undisputed champion in the second weight division, he will have to beat a man who arguably has the best résumé of any of the categories. The scale is working.
Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) faced the likes of Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, Adrian Broner and Kell Brook. He’s a former IBF and WBC champion who is looking to get his gold back after his loss to Spence in 2019. The only top 147-pound boxer he hasn’t faced yet is Crawford and we’ll find out. understand how good this boxer is. WBO Champion is because Porter will give him the toughest test to date.
Sporting News provides current odds and offers some insight on how to bet on Crawford-Porter.
Odds between Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter
- Terence Crawford: -650
- Shawn Porter: +410
- Drawing: +2300
Based on Odds from FanDuel , Crawford is a significant favorite at -650, which means a $650 bet would be required to get a $100 profit. Porter is under +410, so a $100 bet will return $410.
Bets on Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter
- Crawford by (T) KO: +190
- Crawford by decision: -115
- Porter by (T) KO: +950
- Porter by decision: +700
Terence Crawford predictions vs. Shawn Porter
Line betting here is completely disrespectful. Crawford should be the favorites in betting but no one who’s ever been in a round with Porter has won comfortably. A -650 for Crawford to win is too serious and makes it unthinkable to bet on him to win in a row.
Porter is not a knockout artist but a physical ball that is sure to push Crawford to his limit in every second of every round. Errol Spence needed a late knock to make the split decision and Keith Thurman almost got away by surging Porter by a single round in their 2016 clash. It is highly unlikely that this will be an easy fight for Crawford. Instead, one should expect a dogfight that would force Crawford to work his way out of the predicament. Porter won’t give him any breathing room and will lie in his chest from the opening bell.
What Crawford has proven is that his boxing IQ is among the best in the sport. He has a reputation as a slow starter who ramps up activity when he sees what his opponent has to offer. And Crawford has a habit of finding his opponent’s problem areas and causing them to suffer terrible results. He hasn’t come far since the clinical destruction of Viktor Postol in 2016.
There are two actual outcomes here: Porter or Crawford by decision.
Porter has never come close to being knocked out despite being in the ring with big boxers Spence, Thurman and Garcia and he is not known as a finisher. It’s likely to see the judges’ scorecards, which could turn out to be trouble for Crawford if he doesn’t figure out how to turn Porter into a fight with him sooner rather than later.
True, Crawford had never faced someone like Porter who relied on pressure and physicality to get the job done. Porter wasn’t reckless but he wasn’t too hard of a target to hit either. Crawford will soon have to concede Porter and find a way to throw clean punches in the hope that he can stop Porter at some point. If not, we’ll have some bumbling rounds where the umpires will have a hard time separating Crawford’s accuracy from Porter’s aggressiveness.
There will be some suspenseful moments in this fight as Porter will use clever aggression to get inside, denying Crawford’s reach and roughing him up. But Crawford was a brilliant boxer and a brilliant counter-attacker with a personality that was annoyed at seeing his opponent in any kind of danger. Timing will be key and Crawford will weather the storm early to advance in the championship rounds by looking to keep up with Porter’s strides with clear counter-attacks. Don’t be surprised if this is a majority or split decision for Crawford.
Sporting News prediction: Terence Crawford decides (-115)