Terence Crawford Must Face Shawn Porter To Stay Champ

Last week, the WBO ordered its current welterweight champion, Terence “Bud” Crawford, to face former WBC and IBF welterweight champion, “Showtime” Shawn Porter.

The request came from the WBO late Wednesday night via letter to Crawford’s promoter, Top Rank.

In the letter, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum and TGB Promotions’ Tom Brown, who works with Premier Boxing Champions, were informed that they have 30 days to negotiate the fight. However, if no deal can be reached within that time frame, a purse bid will be ordered, auctioning off the rights to the title bout.

This process happened with Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos, which went to streaming platform Triller after an auction.

Crawford, 33 (37-0, 28 KOs), who hadn’t seen action since November 2020, delivered a fourth-round TKO to Kell Brook to retain his title in Las Vegas.

Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) regained the title with a win over Danny Garcia in 2018. However, he lost to Errol Spence Jr.via split decision in a title unification bout back in September 2019. Since then, he defeated Sebastian Formella in August 2020.

Many have criticized Crawford his whole career for not fighting the top athletes in their prime in his division. Since moving up to welterweight after being the undisputed light-welterweight champion, Crawford has dispatched former champions like Jeff Horn and a weird bout against Amir Khan. Still, Crawford is perceived as never fighting anyone significant.

Porter changes that, and with his go-forward style, it will indeed be a massive test for Crawford’s boogeyman status.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.