An agreement has been reached for Omaha native Terence "Bud" Crawford to get one of the biggest fights of his championship career.
Crawford will face Shawn Porter on Nov. 20 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in a mandatory defense of his WBO welterweight title. A deal between the two fighters' promoters was reached Tuesday, just hours ahead of a purse bid that was scheduled.
Had the fight gone to a purse bid, any certified promoter would have had an opportunity to secure rights to stage the fight. Instead Top Rank (Crawford's promoter) and TGB Promotions (Porter's promoter) agreed to put on the fight, with Top Rank reportedly taking the lead on promotion.
The WBO (World Boxing Organization) announced around 10 a.m. Tuesday that the purse bid had been canceled following an agreement between the parties. The purse bid was supposed to be held at 11 a.m.
More details are awaiting official announcement, but the fight is expected to be on ESPN Plus.
Crawford has struggled to get elite opponents since moving up to welterweight following his historic title unification in the junior welterweight division. But Porter, a former titleholder ranked near the top of the weight class, will be the high-profile opponent Crawford has sought.
Crawford (37-0) won the WBO welterweight title in June 2018 when he defeated Jeff Horn by technical knockout. He has successfully defended his WBO welterweight title four times — all by TKO — with his last fight coming against Kell Brook last November.
Porter (31-3-1) is widely regarded as one of the top welterweight boxers. He most recently held the WBC title after defeating Danny Garcia in September 2018. After a successful title defense in March 2019, Porter lost that belt to Errol Spence Jr. in September 2019.
Porter's last fight came in August 2020 when he defeated Sebastian Formella by way of unanimous decision.