Terence Crawford Says Shawn Porter Will Do Everything To Win The Fight
Terence Crawford is getting ready for whatever Shawn Porter throws at him Saturday night.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) said he knows Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) will try and take his WBO welterweight title by any means necessary.
“He makes fights ugly. That’s what he do best,” Crawford said during a live on-air interview with ESPN. “… If he gotta go in there and stink it up just to get the victory, he gonna go in there and stink it up to get the victory.
“That’s someone you gotta worry about. He’s someone that’s gonna do everything in his possible will to win the fight.”
Crawford has dominated a majority of his opponents by KO or TKO, racking up status as a three-division world champion in lightweight, super lightweight and now welterweight.
But the Nebraska native has tipped his hat to Porter, who he previously claimed could be his toughest challenge yet, despite making it publicly known that he would’ve preferred a fight with Errol Spence Jr. or Keith Thurman.
Still, Crawford said he’s now only focusing on Saturday’s fight with Porter, a former two-time welterweight titleholder.
Porter has shared the ring with eleven former or current titlists, holding a 7-3-1 record in those fights.
Some fans have dubbed November 20 as one of the biggest fights of the year, and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said he expects a big night at the box office.
“The other platforms don’t do particularly well on PPV. We thought, and I’m sure it’s going to work, going on ESPN+ exclusively, we will do UFC kind of PPV numbers,” Arum said during a recent Zoom media conference call. “[It] can be as low as 500,000 and as high as a million and a half.”
In Crawford’s last fight versus Kell Brook, where he scored a fourth-round technical knockout, it peaked at 2,078,000 and averaged 2,029,000 viewers.
When Porter met Spence in the ring in 2019, their PPV tracked over 300,000 buys.
Crawford-Porter was ordered by the WBO in July.
“That’s our goal. I really believe these fighters, Terence and Porter, are in for a big, big surprise when they see the PPV results.”