Can Shawn Porter Play Spoiler Against Terence Crawford?

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Can Shawn Porter Play Spoiler Against Terence Crawford?

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Can Shawn Porter Play Spoiler Against Terence Crawford?

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Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Shawn Porter will compete in one of the biggest fights of his career on Saturday, Nov. 20 against Terence Crawford. Most people expect Crawford to retain his title, but if anyone can upset Crawford, it will be Porter.

Porter will challenge for Crawford’s WBO welterweight world championship. This territory is not new to Porter whatsoever. This will be Porter’s eighth welterweight world title bout since 2018.

He is a former two-time welterweight world champion, who held the IBF welterweight belt from 2013-2014 and the WBC welterweight title from 2018-2019.

Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) has always been in dog fights, even if he was on the losing end. To this point, he was the toughest fight for Errol Spence Jr. in September 2019. Spence defeated Porter via split decision in that contest.

Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is regarded as a top-five pound-for-pound boxer and he needs this win over Porter to stay at the top of the welterweight division and pound-for-pound rankings. Porter is not an undefeated fighter like Crawford, but he knows what it takes to dig deep and hang in for a 12-round fight when he is the B-side.

Crawford is a problem for most boxers because he is a switch hitter and one of the slickest boxers on the planet. As a counter, expect Porter to move in close on Crawford and exchange fire in the pocket. Porter needs to turn this boxing match into a brawl to get the upper hand on the WBO titlist, Crawford.

In a period where boxers are not willing to fight top opponents, Crawford deserves respect for fighting Porter. There is a clear danger to defending your title with someone as experienced and tenacious as Porter. Case and point of this danger were when Keith Thurman and Spence narrowly escaped separate title defenses against Porter.

The one knock on Porter’s career has been his inability to take out the top titleholders in the welterweight division. He has losses to Kell Brook, Thurman, and Spence. Not that there is anything wrong with losing to those fighters, but Crawford is in the same league as they were when they faced Porter. There will be doubters who will question Porter’s ability to beat an elite welterweight because he has never done so before.

Porter’s best win is against Danny Garcia in 2018. That win clinched his WBC welterweight title berth and made him a two-time champion.

It will be an uphill battle for Porter to pull off the biggest upset of 2021, but he has the tools to do it. Expect a 12-round war that will come down to the wire. Crawford is the champion, but Porter has what it takes to get his hand raised on Nov. 20.

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