- The WBO has ordered a title fight between welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter.
- Crawford is coming off a 4th successful title defense against Kell Brook last November.
- Porter bounced back from a split decision loss to Errol Spence by defeating Sebastian Formella on points last August 2020.
Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter could finally meet each other inside the boxing ring.
The two welterweight stars were in talks to fight last year but promotional differences among others led to the talks falling off the discussion table. But on Wednesday night, the WBO formally ordered a fight between the two.
WBO order Terence Crawford to face Shawn Porter. pic.twitter.com/jL9qMIfMev
— Aussie Boxing Scribe (@el_pollo_loco) July 22, 2021
In a letter sent to Crawford’s promoter Top Rank Boxing and Premier Boxing Champions, which promotes Porter, the parties were ordered to negotiate a title fight within 30 days. If no deal is reached within that specified time, a purse bid will be ordered in which the rights to stage the WBO welterweight title fight will be auctioned.
Having a title fight ordered by an organization doesn’t guarantee that it will happen. But with Crawford unlikely willing to relinquish the belt and Porter not likely to pass up the chance to fight for the WBO belt, there’s a chance this bout could be happening.
Left No Doubt
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) November 15, 2020
Crawford left no doubt in his most recent ring appearance against Kell Brook last November. The Omaha native blasted Brook with a big right hand and then wasted no time in closing the show in the 4th round of his fourth defense of the WBO welterweight championship.
The 33-year old Crawford is a three-division world champion. He burst into fame with a star-making performance against Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2014. After capturing a world title at lightweight, he moved up to 140-pounds where he became undisputed champion. Bud won the WBO welterweight title by stopping Jeff Horn inside nine rounds in 2018.
Undefeated in 37 bouts with 28 knockouts, Crawford is considered among the top pound for pound fighters in the sport, the no. 1 to some. But aside from his finishing ability, one thing that people agree about him is that he has not faced top-level competition, partly because of his inability to land big fights with big-named opponents. Should it happen, Shawn Porter will be the best opponent he has ever faced.
Porter Dominated Formella
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) August 23, 2020
Porter meanwhile, dominated former IBO welterweight champion Sebastian Formella over 12 rounds in August 2020 to bounce back from the third loss of his professional career. One fight earlier, Porter surrendered the WBC welterweight title in a unification bout against IBF champion Errol Spence in September 2019.
Showtime first became world champion when he defeated Devon Alexander to win the IBF welterweight title. He lost the belt to Kell Brook in his second title defense. Porter lost to Keith Thurman in 2016 when he challenged for the WBA welterweight belt. He became a two-time welterweight champion after defeating Danny Garcia via unanimous decision in 2018.
Known for being a high-volume pressure fighter, Porter is considered one of the toughest outs in the welterweight division. Although he has three losses in his record, both were close calls. Porter lost via majority decision to Brook and his loss to Spence came via split decision. Showtime has been calling out Crawford for a while now but several issues have prevented the fight from happening. The WBO’s order may finally get him the fight he’s long asked for.