Crawford-Porter: Purse Bid Hearing Postponed To September 14
The anticipated purse bid hearing for the Terence Crawford-Shawn Porter showdown has been delayed.
Representatives for Crawford and Porter were granted requests for an extension of their ordered WBO welterweight title fight. The purse bid has been moved to September 14. It was originally scheduled for today, September 2, and was going to be held in Puerto Rico where the rights to the fight will be auctioned.
“The purse bid for the mandatory bout between WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford and challenger Shawn Porter has been moved to September 14th, following a request from the promoters of both fighters, Top Rank (Crawford) and Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions (Porter),” the WBO said. “Both companies requested additional time to continue ongoing negotiations.”
Crawford, the three-division champion, is entitled to 60% of the winning bid. He only has one fight left on his long-term deal with Top Rank, ESPN reported.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) will be making the fifth defense of his WBO welterweight strap, which he snatched in a ninth-round stoppage over undefeated Jeff Horn in June 2018.
The 33-year-old has not fought since November.
Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) will make a tough matchup for Crawford, some say. He is a former two-time welterweight titlist. He last stepped into the ring last August in a 12-round decision over Sebastian Formella.
It is expected that ESPN or FOX Sports will host the event as pay-per-view if either Top Rank or TGB wins the purse bid hearing.