• September 27, 2021

Exclusive: Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter could be announced next week for November 20 in Las Vegas, Bob Arum reveals

 Exclusive: Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter could be announced next week for November 20 in Las Vegas, Bob Arum reveals


Bob Arum is hopeful that Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter will be a done deal very soon and officially announced next week.

Following his knockout of Kell Brook last year, it’s been unclear what fight would come next for WBO welterweight champion Crawford.

Crawford is the WBO welterweight champion

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Crawford is the WBO welterweight champion

The American became embroiled in spat with his promoter Bob Arum as both were frustrated over his current situation.

Crawford is a three-weight world champion and widely regarded as one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the entire sport today.

However, he is yet to face a fellow truly world class fighter in their prime who comes close to his level.

The vast majority of the big-name fighters at welterweight today are signed with Al Haymon’s PBC, who rarely do business with Arum’s Top Rank.

Porter is the former WBC and IBF welterweight champion

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Porter is the former WBC and IBF welterweight champion

The super-fight all boxing fans want to see between Crawford and Errol Spence looks further away than ever for this reason.

With fighters such as Spence and Porter out of his reach, Crawford has had to settle for facing lesser-known opposition and so been unable to generate big PPV numbers – part of the reason for the spat with his own promoter.

Last month though, the WBO threw him a lifeline by ordering the bout with Porter.

It initially looked like no deal would be agreed and the fight would go to purse bids, but now it appears there has been serious progress in negotiations.

Arum promotes Crawford and is planning the Porter fight for November 20

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Arum promotes Crawford and is planning the Porter fight for November 20

Arum told ESNEWS: “We talked with PBC as late as yesterday.

“It looks like Porter is on board, or close to on board.

“Hopefully Terence will be on board and we’ll announce the fight next week, hopefully.

“We want it in Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. We’re holding the arena for November 20.”

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