Via Mark Eisner: Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is poised to prove his doubts wrong tonight to seal the £1 spot by convincingly beating seasoned Shawn Porter in their match on ESPN. + pay-per-view.
The main battle card starts at 9:00pm. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Boxing News 24 will feature the following live updates on tonight’s action from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas:
- Feather superclass prospect Karlos Balderas (11-1, 10 KO) destroyed Julio Cortez (15-3, 11 KOs) by fourth round knockout. Olympian Balderas 2016 knocked down Cortez injured in the 4th round, leading to the referee’s dismissal of the contest. Injury time is at 2:13 in the 4th round.
- Welterweight Rank Prospects Delante ‘Tiger’ Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) started his career with his right foot on a stop Antonius Grabel (3-2-1, 3 KOs) by fourth round knockout. The 23-year-old American athlete in 2020 Tiger Johnson defeated Grabel in the fourth round. The match was stopped shortly afterwards at 1:54 of round 4. Tiger was cut from an early clash in the third.
WBO Welding Champion Crawford (37-0.28 KOs) is considered the product of careful placement by his Top Rank promoters, who were unable to get him in with him. the best boxers to date.
Tonight is the proving ground for Crawford, and he can’t afford to slip up if he wants to position himself at number 1 in welterweight and number 1 in the pound.
Crawford is no longer shunned
“A lot of these people don’t want to fight you. Meanwhile, Canelo is money-hungry and he’s getting all these boxers in the ring,” Max Kellerman told ESPN.
“Now when people ask me [who the best fighter is in boxing], I said the following: ‘I suspect Bud Crawford is the best boxer in the world, but as of late, I have no evidence to make this case.
“Shawn Porter just crossed the street to fight you, and that helps give you that evidence depending on how you look at that fight,” Kellerman told Crawford.
“First and foremost, like I said, there are no streets, so I don’t know why people keep saying ‘streets’,” Crawford told ESPN.
“We need to get rid of that.”
“What do you mean because when people say, ‘Street’, they mean a different network, so there is economic reason to separate the people fighting there from the people fighting here, ‘ Kellerman told Crawford.
“You would say, ‘There are no streets’, what do you mean?”
“There’s no such thing,” Crawford continued. “PBC worked with Top Rank, and PBC worked with DAZN and Golden Boy. But when it comes to Terence Crawford, it’s a street.”
“It was a street with a barbed wire fence,” said Kellerman.
Terence is ready to prove himself
“You never hear anyone else say, ‘He’s on the left side of the road,'” except Terence Crawford, says Crawford. “Me and Shawn Porter are going to be in the ring and I’m going to show everyone that I’m the best boxer in the world.”
“So how does it feel to finally get one of these guys [Porter] to say, ‘Yes, I’ll get in’ to you. How do you feel about that?” Kellerman said.
Crawford said: “I feel great. “Many people have talked, saying that I have not fought anyone in the welterweight division. Everyone I’ve fought with so far has either been broke or some kind of reason.
“So here we are with Shawn Porter, one of the most elite fighters in the weight class,” said Crawford.
“The peak period of an athlete is not very long,” says Kellerman. “They have to get while earning good, but also legacy. You are considered a great fighter and one day you will be in the Hall of Fame.
Crawford hopes to take the #1 Pound-for-pound spot
“Does pound-for-pound mean anything to you? When you hear them automatically say the best pound-for-pound, do you feel behind that? “Time’s up, I have to prove something against Porter.” “Kellerman told Crawford.
“Not at all,” said Crawford. “Like I said, Canelo takes that spot right now because he just won the whole thing [168-lb] division within a year [editor’s note: It took Canelo three years to conquer the 168-lb division. He captured his first title at 168 in 2018].
Crawford said: “I was told it depends on my performance this weekend. “If I go in there and look spectacular and get Shawn Crawford out of there, we’ll have a discussion to talk about.”
“Talk about getting them out there. Kellerman told Crawford when you were a lightweight athlete, you were a boxer-boxer.
“You can stay in the pocket, make others miss, veer south, orthodox, analyze them, break them down and take them all the way, back foot, forward, sideways, whole pack.
“Now I would describe you as a welterweight, you are more than a boxer, meaning you are primarily looking to do damage.
“You still have your skills, but it seems more offensive. Is that true because for some guys it means you might get hit a lot more now. That things true or false? ‘ said Kellerman.
“Well, I just think that’s the kind of fight I’m used to doing at heavyweight,” Crawford said. “They are a bit slower, so they also tend to get hit more. We’ll see this weekend. “
Pavlik predicts the air battle for Crawford vs. Porter
“He is great for boxing. This will be an interesting fight. This is one of the few matches where I pick a winner,” former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik told Fighthype.
“I want to sit back and enjoy it from a fan’s point of view. Porter never lost a battle. He was never really dominated by anyone, and he fought the top guys.
“Besides Canelo, he [Porter] Pavlik said. “So it will be interesting to see what happens. Crawford is an excellent boxer. He can mix it up, and he has a great game plan and he’s really skilled and it’s going to be fun, especially in the later rounds.
“You are about to watch an air battle. As soon as Porter takes a big hit, it turns into a dogfight. Porter is strong, he’s big for that weight class, so that’s going to be a problem for Crawford,” Pavlik said.
The final round to decide the battle
Pavlik said: “Crawford has also shown that he can change the game plan and make things happen. I think it will be a really interesting fight and the final matchup will be the deciding factor just like Spence and Porter.
“When I was younger on the amateur stage, I got closer to Porter, but he ended up going to Vegas. I still follow him. We’re Ohio boys, and you can’t take that away from us. The Ohio boys made some noise in boxing. I think he will do great, but I am also a fan of Crawford.
“It will be very interesting, and I will sit back and watch this fight and just enjoy the boxing. If I pick someone and I’ve done very well in my choices but I feel bad about it,” Pavlik said.
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