Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter: live stream

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford has waited years to finally face a top name in the division. His opportunity finally arrives on Saturday night when he steps into the ring against two-time former welterweight champion Shawn Porter in a huge pay-per-view showdown.

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Crawford, long a staple at the top end of pound-for-pound lists, won his welterweight championship in June 2018 with a TKO win over Jeff Horn. Fighting as a part of the Top Rank stable, he was locked out of fights with welterweight’s biggest names, all of whom fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. Still, Crawford’s skills were on constant display as he made four successful defenses of his championship, all by stoppage.

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Porter, a PBC fighter, finally was the man given the task to face off with Crawford when the WBO made him a mandatory challenger. Porter won his first welterweight title in December 2013, beating Devon Alexander by decision. He lost that belt by split decision against Kell Brook two fights later. Porter also suffered a loss in his next bid for a title, dropping a hard-fought, close decision against Keith Thurman in June 2016.

Crawford vs. Porter viewing info

  • Date: Nov. 20
  • Location: Mandalay Bay Resort — Las Vegas
  • Start time: 9 p.m. ET (main card) | Price: $69.99
  • How to watch: ESPN+ PPV

Crawford vs. Porter fight card, odds

  • Terence Crawford (c) -700 vs. Shawn Porter +500, WBO welterweight championship
  • Esquiva Falcao -650 vs. Patrice Volny +475, middleweight
  • Janibek Alimkhanuly -2500 vs. Hassan N’Dam +1200, middleweight
  • Raymond Muratalla -2200 vs. Elias Damian Araujo +1100, lightweight

From Porter’s perspective, Crawford has already established himself as a future Hall of Famer and would like to cement his own status with a victory over him.  

“I’m pretty sure I am on the brink of the Hall of Fame,” Porter said. “And with that, this fight is not win or go home for me, it’s win or nothing else. My life, right now, is depending upon winning this fight and beating Terence Crawford. He is a dominant fighter and everyone he gets in the ring with, he dominates. 

“For me to be that guy he can’t dominate and that beats him to the punch and finishes the exchanges, everything that is required to beat Terence, I’ve got it.

Despite suffering a flash knockdown in his 2019 stoppage win against Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Crawford has been virtually untouched at both 140 and 147 pounds. One would have to go back to his breakthrough 2014 win at lightweight over unbeaten Yuriorkis Gambos to see a fight in which Crawford was forced to make key adjustments in order to change the momentum while also absorbing punishment in order to hand out his own.

The good news for fans is that Crawford has no plans to try and box Porter from the outside and expects to stand strong in the face of Porter’s trademark pressure.  

“Unlike other fighters that [Porter] fought, I’m different,” Crawford said. “The more you push, I’m going to push. The more you come, the more I’m going to come. Everybody is always saying, ‘Why would you throw fire with fire when you can just outbox him?’ It’s because I love that, I love that. You hit me hard, I’m going to hit you even harder. Let’s see who can last.

Fight card, odds

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

  • Terence Crawford (c) -700 vs. Shawn Porter +500, WBO welterweight championship
  • Esquiva Falcao -650 vs. Patrice Volny +475, middleweight
  • Janibek Alimkhanuly -2500 vs. Hassan N’Dam +1200, middleweight
  • Raymond Muratalla -2200 vs. Steven Ortiz +1100, lightweight


Let’s not bury the lede here: this has all the makings to be tremendous theater and a perfect example of high-speed chess between elite stars.  

What was somewhat lost in the aftermath of Porter’s thrilling split-decision loss to Spence in 2019 was how Spence admitted afterward to completely abandoning the gameplan in order to stand and brawl with Porter. The reason was because he openly took Porter lightly and was convinced he could walk him down and stop him with relative ease.  

Crawford likely won’t be as willing to accommodate Porter as easily. Yet, true to his comments above, he will stand and trade with him provided Porter can consistently force him to by getting inside.

This is where the effectiveness of Porter’s helter-skelter style will decide whether he truly has a shot of winning this fight or if he is simply selling his name to Crawford as a way to cement the unbeaten champion’s resume.  

Porter is at his best when he combines the aggressiveness he showed early in his career with the darting footwork and feints he added later. But it’s a style most effective against elite fighters with slower foot speed, which is why it was so effective in his 2018 title win over Danny Garcia.  

Crawford is too quick for Porter to be able to overwhelm him with movement alone and will need to harness the perfect mixture of his two styles to have a shot at keeping Crawford guessing. The problem with that, however, is that Crawford is even more versatile than Porter and able to switch stances with such ease that it might perfectly neutralize Porter’s best-laid plans.

Finally, boxing did right by Crawford

It may have taken four years since the time Crawford became the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era at 140 pounds before moving up to welterweight, but he finally has an elite foe — one still in his prime — to stack up his impressive skills against. The fact that Crawford is now 34 makes it almost criminal we have been forced to wait this long as “Bud” has lingered in welterweight exile on the outside looking in of the political and network divide. We may not do this often in this routinely unsavory sport, but credit is due to the WBO for ordering the fight after naming Porter the mandatory opponent. Although Crawford has regularly appeared in the top five of just about every pound-for-pound list, it has been difficult to properly rate him due to the smorgasbord of faded names and not-quite-ready for prime time players he has fought against at welterweight up to this point after having his way with the elite at both 135 and 140 pounds.  

Which version of Porter has the best shot at giving Crawford trouble? 

That will be the question trainer Kenny Porter will be forced to answer as the father/son duo prepare for a plan of attack against the sublime Crawford. Porter has become the chameleon of the division. Long known for his recklessly aggressive style of leading with his head and forearms to get inside, Porter showcased an all-new attack against Danny Garcia in 2018 to capture the vacant WBC title when he relied on feinting and herky-jerky footwork patterns to constantly keep the slow-footed Garcia guessing. Porter used somewhat of a hybrid style that was still heavy on pressure to give unbeaten unified champion Errol Spence Jr. all he could handle in their thrilling 2019 unification that ended in a split-decision loss. But Spence has since admitted he abandoned his game plan altogether from the opening round in what turned out to nearly be an ill-advised move that was fueled by overconfidence he would be able to overwhelm Porter with ease. Don’t expect Crawford to play so easily into Porter’s best-laid plans. Therefore, the timing of when to switch up styles will be key. Crawford typically has his way with aggressive fighters, although he has yet to face someone at welterweight with the combination of speed and physical strength that Porter possesses.

Crawford’s impending free agency still looms large over the result  

Is Porter just the first of the elite welterweights Crawford will face before the end of his career or simply the only one? And what about that Crawford-Spence super fight that is getting dangerously close to its expiration date? With Crawford entering the final bout of his Top Rank promotional deal, these are important questions that need answering, particularly if Crawford wins. With the exception of rising stud Vergil Ortiz Jr., who fights for Golden Boy Promotions on DAZN, all of the 147-pound fighters who matter reside under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. Six months ago, it seemed as if Crawford was a shoe-in to be leaving Top Rank after Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum badmouthed him publicly for being a consistently poor draw. But both sides have been quiet of late and Top Rank has enough elite talent in the divisions below welterweight (including Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez Jr.) who may one day move up to make re-signing a decent move for Crawford. Still, it would be hard to swallow seeing such a generational talent like Crawford not get to fight the majority of his contemporaries, which include Spence, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas and (until recently) Manny Pacquiao. Not to mention a still-rising Jaron “Boots” Ennis.  

Porter deserves much more love and respect 

Even with the majority of elite welterweights in this particularly deep era at 147 pounds all being represented by PBC, that doesn’t mean each have been willing to face one another all the consistently. That’s why the matchmaking decisions by Porter deserve recognition. Since 2013, Porter has faced the following welterweights while they were still in their physical prime: Devon Alexander (25-1), Kell Brook (32-0), Adrien Broner (30-1), Keith Thurman (26-0), Danny Garcia (34-1), Ugas (23-3) and Spence (25-0). In addition, he also fought former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Andre Berto before their full decline, along with a difficult two-fight series against former lightweight champion Julio Diaz, which featured a split draw in their first meeting. No, Porter hasn’t been victorious in every fight. He has, however, consistently dared to be great by seeking out the best, including a failed bid to attract Pacquiao shortly after the Filipino legend handed Thurman his first pro defeat. Porter not only makes fun fights on a regular basis, he makes big ones. That’s why his growing legacy remains extremely underrated. 

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