Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter Fight Can See a Purse Bid, PBC-Top Rank Isn’t Making a Deal

Published 08/18/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


The WBO had ordered welterweight champion Terence Crawford to defend his strap against Shawn Porter a few weeks back. However, the fight is yet to be put on the papers. As Crawford fights under Top Rank Promotions and Shawn Porter fights under PBC, it complicates the contractual negotiations to bring the boxers against each other.

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Meanwhile, it’s been over six months for both Crawford and Porter since their last appearances. Hence, it urges an immediate return, especially with a massive engagement going around in the 147 lbs roster. But the current scenario hasn’t confirmed a return from either of the welterweight elites.

That said, PBC-Top Rank needs to work together to secure a joint PPV, or else the highest bidder will secure the rights, per Boxing Scene.

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There have been many examples of fights going to purse bids in the past. One prominent one was the Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr bout. As of right now, it looks like ‘Bud’ vs Shawn Porter could be heading down the same route.

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When WBO had ordered the bout, they also suggested a 60-40 split, instead of the general 80-20 division. Although none of the sides have worked on the same, either FOX or ESPN will telecast the potential fight between ‘Bud’ and ‘Showtime’.

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Following Terence Crawford’s win over Kell Brook, several viable opponents came on his radar. The media also touted a bout between ‘Bud’ and Errol Spence Jr. for a three-belt unification. However, Crawford and Top Rank had severe disputes, which evoked a possible spit-up. These turmoils also affected Crawford’s activity on the ride.

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Meanwhile, Shawn Porter was looking to make a return. Hence, as both men were unaligned, WBO booked them opposite each other.

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Once their promotional teams settle a deal, we can expect both sides to announce the fight officially. Also, it can be one of the best fights in the division in recent times.

Who do you think will have the last laugh? Terence Crawford or Shawn Porter? Also, will the bout go to purse bids?

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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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