Terence Crawford-Shawn Porter Unable To Close Deal, WBO Orders September 2 Purse Bid
What some fans might call the most anticipated purse bid of the year is now taking place in front of a live audience.
Top Rank and PBC failed to seal the deal last Friday for the welterweight title showdown between Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter. On Monday, the WBO ordered a purse bid be held on September 2 in Puerto Rico where the rights to the fight will be auctioned. The session will air live on the official Facebook page of the WBO, who will host the event remotely.
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.
This would change if the fight pushes through, but there’s no guarantee that both boxers will agree to go through with the bout – it depends on the outcome of the purse big and how much is spent.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is one of the staples of Top Rank’s partnership with ESPN. Porter (31-3, 17 KOs) fights under Premier Boxing Champions and is represented by TGB Promotions, its primary promoter.
Crawford will attempt his fifth defense of the WBO belt, which he claimed over undefeated Jeff Horn in June 2018.
Porter, meanwhile, has cruised with two separate title reigns including his IBF belt which he won in December 2013 and his WBC strap from September 2018.