Terence Crawford told ESPN that he has been trying to lure an elite welterweight into the ring since he moved up from junior welterweight in 2018. Could the time finally be at hand? The WBO, whose belt is held by Crawford, has ordered a title defense against No. 2 contender Shawn Porter, according to multiple reports. The fighters have 30 days to reach a deal or the fight will go to a purse bid, meaning it will go to an auction that is open to outside promoters.
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Top Rank has confirmed the undercard action for the massive welterweight clash between Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter on November 20.
There will be plenty of fistic reinforcements at Michelob ULTRA Arena inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
- What: Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter PPV
- When: Saturday, November 20, 2021, @ 9 p.m. EST
- Where: The Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada
- TV Broadcast: ESPN+, Sky Sports, Main Event
- Watch Anywhere: Fitepass
Two high-stakes middleweight showdowns and a 50-50 fight featuring undefeated lightweights will comprise the televised PPV undercard of the super fight between the undefeated WBO world champion former two-time welterweight world champion.
The co-feature, a 12-round IBF middleweight world title eliminator, will see Brazilian 2012 Olympic silver medalist Esquiva “La Pantera” Falcao fight fellow unbeaten Patrice Volny.
The PPV telecast also includes a 10-round middleweight tilt between rising star Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly and former world champion Hassan N’Dam. Also, an eight-round lightweight duel between unbeaten prospects Raymond “Danger” Muratalla and Steven “The Hitman” Ortiz.
Before the PPV telecast, a special feature will set the stage. Former junior featherweight world champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe will face two-time title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz in a 10-round featherweight bout. Dogboe-Diaz will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Additional undercard fights will be announced shortly.
Falcao (28-0, 20 KOs) is a seven-year pro who signed with Top Rank following the 2012 Olympics. The 31-year-old southpaw has steadily climbed the world rankings and has knocked out five straight foes dating back to 2019.
In his last outing, he stopped former world title challenger Artur Akavov in four rounds. Volny (16-0, 10 KOs), from Montreal, Canada, has fought all his pro fights in his home country and is coming off a March knockout over noted tough man Janks Trotter. The winner of Falcao-Volny will be in line to fight for the title currently held by Gennadiy Golovkin.
“I have waited for a
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter date: UK start time, live stream, full undercard, and how to watch WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas
n opportunity like this for a long time, and I will grab it with both hands,” Falcao said. “I have an Olympic medal, and now it’s time to add a professional world title to my trophy case.”
Volny said, “I had several major opportunities fall through, but I am ecstatic that the fight with Falcao is happening. It won’t be an easy fight, but I have been training for a long time, and I will do whatever it takes to earn my shot at the title.”
Alimkhanuly (10-0, 6 KOs) is ranked the No. 2 middleweight by the WBO and, coming off his signature win, an eighth-round stoppage over former world champion Rob Brant. From Zhilandy, Kazakhstan, the 2016 Olympian has knocked out four straight opponents dating back to April 2019.
N’Dam (38-5, 21 KOs), a 17-year pro from Cameroon, held the WBA middleweight world title in 2017 and was challenged for world titles on three other occasions. After a pair of defeats at super middleweight, N’Dam returns to the middleweight ranks, where he most recently defeated the formidable Martin Murray via majority decision.
Moratalla (12-0, 10 KOs), from Fontana, California, has risen to prominence fighting out of the famed Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California. He last fought on the Josh Taylor-Jose Ramirez card in May, knocking out Jose Gallegos in five rounds. Ortiz (12-0, 3 KOs), from Philadelphia, has made a habit of knocking off undefeated prospects.
In his last six fights, he has defeated four undefeated fighters, including a unanimous decision over 14-0 Jeremy Hill in March.
DOGBONE vs. DIAZ
Dogboe (22-2, 15 KOs) has revitalized his career since back-to-back title fight losses to Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete.
After a comeback knockout over Chris Avalos, he bested Adam Lopez by majority decision in June. Diaz (26-3, 16 KOs) is a two-time world challenger coming off a 12th-round TKO loss in a bid for Navarrete’s WBO featherweight world title.
The Puerto Rican veteran had won two bouts as a featherweight entering the Navarrete fight. He hopes a win over Dogboe leads to a third crack at world title glory.
“I’m excited for this challenge, a massive opportunity to get closer to becoming a two-division world champion,” Dogboe said. “This is a fight the fans won’t want to miss. I know Christopher is tough, but I’m stronger, tougher, and smarter.
“I’d like to commend everyone at Top Rank for making this fight possible and to Diaz for accepting the challenge. I always want to give the fans something to remember. That’s why I leave it all in the ring.”
Diaz said, “I’m coming back. I’m very excited about fighting on a great stage like Crawford vs. Porter.
“Dogboe is a solid fighter who only has two losses against Navarrete. We both have a lot to give to boxing.
“The fans already know what to expect every time I get in the ring. I’m sure this fight will steal the show on November 20.”
“I’ve been begging for a real challenge for years,” Crawford told ESPN. “All the so-called elite welterweights have shown no interest in fighting me. Now one of them is finally being forced to.
American fans might be green with envy with their UK counterparts with them not having to fork out a bunch of money to watch WBO welterweight champion Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) defend his title against mandatory Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs).
It’s unknown if British fans will be all that enthralled at watching Crawford and Porter mix it up because neither of them is from the UK. It would interest British fans if Conor Benn took on Crawford for his WBO welterweight title.
It’s a good fight, but it’s not the one that American fans wanted to see involving Crawford, They’ve been waiting years for Crawford to fight Errol Spence Jr, and Porter is not popular enough to appease the U.S fans that have been waiting on the big Crawford-Spence fight for the last three years.
It’s a great deal for British fans to watch the Crawford – Porter fight on regular Sky Sports because, in the U.S, fans will need to purchase it on pay-per-view in addition to subscribing to ESPN+, which is $7 per month.