Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter have agreed to fight in November for what will be an intriguing welterweight fight.
The two fighters are set to meet in the ring on Nov. 20 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be televised on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
What’s unusual about this fight is that the boxers are represented by rival promoters who decided to do business for the overall good of the sport. Crawford is in his last fight under contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Porter is promoted by Al Haymon’s PBC.
Crawford, who is 37-0 and regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, is set to make at least $6 million. Porter is set to pocket at least $4 million. He is 31-3-1 in his career. Porter has been beaten by Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr.
This fight could be Crawford’s biggest test in the ring. The WBO welterweight title belt will be on the line in the fight.
Details of a rumored title unification fight between Errol Spence Jr and Shawn Porter have now been reported.
FOX Sports boxing insider Mike Coppinger reported on Tuesday night that Spence and Porter are expected to fight on Aug. 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The real surprise is that Coppinger reports that fight is expected to be available on FOX and not pay-per-view.
Spence and Porter are among the top welterweights in the world, along with Bud Crawford.
Spence, 29, has fought at Barclays Center three times in his career, though his last two fights have been at Jerry Jones/Dallas Cowboys locations (AT&T Stadium and The Star in Frisco). He is 25-0 with 21 knockouts in his career and holds the IBF welterweight title.
Porter, 31, is the WBC welterweight champ. He is 30-2-1 with 17 knockouts and has fought four of his last five fights at Barclays Center.
This will be the first fight between any of the trio among Spence, Porter and Crawford. Spence and Porter both fight under the Premier Boxing Champions promotion, while Crawford is a Top Rank fighter.
Shawn Porter made weight for his fight on Saturday by a literal hair.
Porter is set to defend his WBC welterweight title against Yordenis Ugas at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The weight limit for the fight is 147 pounds, which posed a problem after Porter initially weighed in at 148.8 pounds on Friday.
With two hours left to make weight, Porter headed to a gym to do some exercise and sauna. He returned and weighed himself again but was still over. So as a last measure, he cut his hair. That took him under the mark so that the fight could qualify as a title defense.
Porter officially weighed in at 146.8 pounds. The 31-year-old will look to run his record to 30-2-1 now that he has made weight.
Danny Garcia created some fireworks during his knockout win over Brandon Rios on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and the fireworks continued in the ring even after the fight.
The 29-year-old from Philadelphia ran his record to 34-1 after his 9th-round TKO of Rios on this huge shot:
The referee stopped the fight after determining Rios could not continue. Garcia was leading 7-1 on two cards and 6-2 on the third judge’s card at the time of the stoppage.
After his win, Garcia was interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray. He expressed interest in fighting Keith Thurman in a rematch, but then Shawn Porter came in and interrupted. The two exchanged some serious trash talk that included harsh language:
The Showtime video cuts out before the real gem, which was Garcia declaring, “This is the Danny Garcia show! Get the f— out of here!”
At 28-0 and having secured wins over both Porter and Garcia, Thurman is sitting on the top of the mountain at welterweight. He’s set to fight next in May. Porter, at 28-2-1, is not as attractive as an opponent as Thurman despite his best trash-talking efforts.
Shawn Porter defeated Adrien Broner by unanimous decision in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, though he did have one moment of uncertainty.
After dominating the action for most of the first 11 rounds, Porter came out for the final round and was dropped within seconds by Broner, who nailed him squarely in the face with a left.
Porter beat the 10-count and finished out the round so that the fight went to the judges, but his reaction to being knocked down was hilarious. His face was full of shock, and he gave a semi-nod of approval as if to say, “wow, I didn’t know you had that.”
That was awesome. And with all the clinching he did, Broner might want to consider switching from boxing to MMA. He was trash in the fight.
Paulie Malignaggi was demolished by Shawn Porter during their welterweight fight on Saturday in D.C., and the 33-year-old fighter began talking retirement after his defeat.
Paulie went down twice in the fourth — the first time looked like a potential slip after a punch to the back of the head — but the second was indisputable. Malignaggi was throttled by Porter, who belted him several times and knocked him out to the point that the ropes could no longer keep him up.
Referee Sam Williams called an end to the fight when Paulie went down, marking the sixth defeat of the Magic Man’s career.
In his postfight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Malignaggi talked like a man who was seriously considering calling it a career.
“I told [Porter] to go be great so if I do retire right now — I’m not sure I don’t want to make emotional decisions — I don’t want to do it all by losing to an average champion, I want to do it losing to a great champion, so I can say if this is my last fight, I lost to a great champion,” Malignaggi said of what he told Porter after the fight.
Gray then asked a follow-up question about whether Malignaggi is going to retire.
“I dunno, I can’t really think about that right now. If I give you an answer right now, I’ll tell you I’ll stop fighting, but maybe I’ll change my mind. I’m going to go home and think about it.”
That’s usually the case. Whether it’s boxing or MMA, most fighters who make impetuous decisions after getting the crud kicked out of them end up changing their minds. When a bad loss is fresh in your mind, you don’t want to experience it again. But a few months down the road when you’re all healed, bored, and looking for something to get your juices going again, your mind usually changes. I’m guessing that will happen with Malignaggi, who also enjoys the payday fights bring.