By Matt Lieberman: A handbag bid has been scheduled for the WBO-ordered Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter struggle for September 2nd in Puerto Rico.
There’s a great opportunity the promoters for the fighters received’t be capable of hammer out a deal to avert the purse bid, as Crawford is with High Rank and Porter with PBC.
That proper there tells you all that you must learn about how troublesome issues are to try to get a deal accomplished.
If administration for WBO welterweight champion Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) and obligatory challenger Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) hasn’t been made by September 2nd, there will probably be a handbag bid on that date at 12 midday on the World Boxing Group’s headquarters in Puerto Rico, in response to Lance Pugmire.
There’s nonetheless a lot doubt amongst boxing followers that the Crawford vs. Porter struggle will occur. Many individuals imagine in the long run; Porter will stroll away from the negotiations and select to struggle one of many PBC welterweights reasonably than face Crawford.
There’s no probability Crawford will vacate his WBO 147-lb title as a result of that’s the one pawn that he has to try to lure Errol Spence Jr, Keith Thurman, or Manny Pacquiao to struggle him.
Given Pacquiao’s loss to Yordenis Ugas final Saturday, you’ll be able to scratch him off the listing as potential future choices for Crawford. Ugas is now an possibility for Crawford, however we’re extra more likely to see Spence going through the Cuban fighter.
Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Porter can be an enormous step up in expertise for Crawford, as he’s been form of neglected within the chilly by the highest welterweights within the division.
Crawford is a superb fighter, however you simply don’t understand how proficient he’s as a result of he’s not been combating the A-level fighters since he moved as much as 147. He’s been combating B-level fighters, a few of which didn’t charge a world title shot.
Porter can’t afford to lose this struggle as a result of he’s working out of alternatives. He misplaced to Errol Spence Jr in 2019, and he’s additionally been crushed by Keith Thurman and Kell Brook.
You may as well say Porter ought to have had a loss to Yordenis Ugas in his controversial 12 spherical break up determination win over the Cuban fighter in March 2019.
Had the judges bought that proper, Porter can be coming into his struggle with Crawford with two defeats in his final three contests. In fact, Porter wouldn’t be ranked #2 with the World Boxing Group with a file like that. There wouldn’t be a title shot alternative for Porter.