Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter Stuck In Their Ways At Final Press Conference

Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter had different strategies at Wednesday’s final press conference – something fans expect to see in the ring Saturday night.

Porter (31-3-1 17 KOs) tried enticing Crawford’s (37-0, 28 KOs) emotions, but the WBO welterweight champion made it clear that his skills will speak volumes.

“I don’t really think there’s much I can say to ‘Bud’ that’s gonna change the way he thinks about himself and the outcome of this fight, and vice versa,” Porter said.

“No, he can’t look at me and say, ‘I’m about to beat your ass,’ and have me believe that. And he knows that, which is why he won’t even dare do it.”

Still, Crawford remained intact.

Both fighters have stayed respectful to one another’s abilities and accomplishments thus far, but Crawford said there’s a gap between him and Porter, who Crawford didn’t originally want to fight.

“I’m the better fighter … period,” he said. “Just all around. I’m the better mover, the better thinker, the better puncher, the sharper puncher. I’m just a better fighter, plain and simple. I’m better all-around.”

The current champion still gave his opponent his dues, reiterating that he respects “everything” Porter does — “he’s athletic, he can box, he can bang.”

But Crawford’s mind isn’t changing on the outcome of Saturday night and neither is Porter’s.

The WBO world welterweight title fight will kick off at 9 p.m. ET with the main event targeted for 12 a.m. ET.

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