Crawford-Porter Fight Continues To Move Towards Purse Bid
As time ticks, it seems that the Terence Crawford versus Shawn Porter bout will be heading an August 20 purse bid for their WBO-ordered fight.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) and Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) have until the end of the week to iron out a deal. If this is the case, Crawford would receive a 60/40 split.
Was told today that he fight is likely headed to a purse bid. They have until end of this week to make a deal or the bid will be scheduled by the WBO. https://t.co/G4Ig1IvAxd
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) August 17, 2021
Bob Arum’s Top Rank represents WBO welterweight champion Crawford whereas PBC handles Porter’s affairs. Both brands have reportedly been at odds to reach a deal since both fighters are asking for huge pays.
Arum spoke about wanting to stage the but in November.
“Oct 23 is not in play, and we wouldn’t want to do it in October because it would be a pay-per-view, and we already have an October pay-per-view (Fury-Wilder III), so it would be November,” Arum told WBN’s Dan Rafael.
Crawford currently holds the WBO world welterweight title and is supposed to be defending it against Porter.
This may move the fight to pay-per-view if they give in to fighters’ demands but putting it on PPV is a risk as Crawford and Porter are not known for putting up massive numbers that someone like Canelo Alvarez or GGG are capable of pulling off.
In a separate development, Egidijus Kavaliauskas feels that Vergil Ortiz Jr seems well prepared to trade haymakers with Crawford.
Kavaliauskas lost to the 23-year-old boxer via an eighth-round knockout last Saturday night at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
“Yeah, I think he’s ready. I think he’s ready for that fight, and I think Terence Crawford should fight him,” the Lithuanian star said.
“All those shots he was putting together, they were just hurting me. I was on the ground, and I got up like everything was good, so I’m healthy. Everything is fine,” the 33-year-old fighter said after the defeat.