Andre Ward Predicts Knockout Ending to Shawn Porter vs. Terence Crawford

Published 09/20/2021, 3:02 PM EDT


WBO welterweight title fight between champion Terence Crawford and challenger Shawn Porter can turn into a slugfest when the prime fighters collide on November 20 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Former world champion Andre Ward seems excited about the scrap as he doesn’t envision it going the distance.

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Although Crawford and Porter have shown their abilities in full-length contests, Ward doesn’t see the same happening when the two lock horns. In an interaction with FightHype, Ward shared his views on several things surrounding the boxing world. Hence, he couldn’t miss talking about the Crawford vs Porter fight.

Andre Ward said, “I think it’s going to be all of the above. We have seen Shawn box even though he is not known for boxing. We have seen Shawn press forward and brawl. And you know, get into your kitchen. We have seen ‘Bud’ stad there and fighting exchange, trying to get his shots through.

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“I don’t see this fight going to the distance. I think about all the scenarios. I can’t see this fight going to the distance.”

Both Crawford and Porter are heavy-handed and are known for stopping their rivals in their tracks. Thus, their best versions can unveil a gruesome scrap, especially with a world title up for grabs. However, undefeated titlist Terence Crawford shall remain the favorite under some valid parameters.

In a career of 37-0, ‘Bud’ is currently on an 8-fight KO-win streak. Meanwhile, Shawn Porter’s 31-3-1 reflects his 6-2 in the last 8 fights. Hence, ‘Bud’ has clearly dwarfed ‘Showtime’ under the particular benchmark. Nevertheless, the upcoming fight can still be a thriller.

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So, PBC has offered its best in Shawn Porter against the Top Rank Prodigy Terence Crawford. As the fight is officially confirmed by the WBO, there’s no running away for either side. That said, the result of the fight can influence the future of the welterweight division.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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