Purse bid for Crawford-Porter bout set for Sept. 2

Boxing

Terence Crawford is inching nearer to the most important combat of his profession.

After High Rank and PBC failed to finish a deal for Crawford to defend his title in opposition to Shawn Porter by Friday’s deadline, the WBO ordered a handbag bid Monday that can be held Sept. 2 the place the rights to the combat can be auctioned off.

Crawford, the champion, is entitled to 60% of the profitable bid. He solely has one combat left on his long-term take care of High Rank, sources inform ESPN.

Together with Tyson Fury, Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko, Crawford has been a staple of High Rank’s partnership with ESPN because it started in 2017. The three-division champion constantly attracts favorable rankings, however he is by no means confronted a very marquee opponent in his prime.

That can change if the combat with Porter pushes by way of. There isn’t any assure each Crawford and Porter will comply with undergo with the bout; a lot of that can rely on the result of the purse bid, and most of all, how a lot is spent. There’s at all times the chance, too, that PBC decides to match Porter with Yordenis Ugas, for instance. Ugas defeated Manny Pacquiao on Saturday and misplaced to Porter by way of disputed resolution in 2019.

High Rank is not any stranger to high-profile purse bids this 12 months. After Lopez and High Rank could not agree on the cash for his mandated title combat with George Kambosos, the combat was auctioned off in February. Triller gained the rights to the bout with a bid of $6.018 million, pushing Lopez off the ESPN platform for one combat.

Now, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) may head off the ESPN platform, too. Regardless of which community he competes on subsequent, High Rank’s one-fight obligation can be fulfilled as lengthy the promoter bids on the combat, which is anticipated to occur.

PBC, too, can be motivated to bid aggressively. Porter, a two-time welterweight champion, has been one in every of Al Haymon’s star fighters since PBC launched in 2015.

He headlined PBC on Fox pay-per-view in a intently contested Sept. 2019 loss to Errol Spence Jr. The 33-year-old’s 2016 loss to Keith Thurman generated substantial viewership on CBS. All three of Porter’s defeat got here by way of shut resolution (Kell Brook is the opposite.

Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) additionally owns a win over Danny Garcia. The Akron, Ohio, native’s aggressive, relentless-pressure fashion at all times delivers thrilling scraps. It is also a handful for opponents to take care of.

ESPN’s No. 4 welterweight, Porter will signify the hardest problem of Crawford’s profession (on paper). The Omaha, Nebraska, native turns 34 subsequent month, and whereas his spectacular ring work earned him the No. 2 rating on ESPN’s pound-for-pound record, it is the results of the attention check greater than whom he is crushed.

Crawford’s finest win got here in 2016, a unanimous-decision victory over former champion Viktor Postol. He is lengthy been challenged for his lack of top-flight opposition regardless of his standing within the sport. A convincing victory over a fighter like Porter would show he is greater than deserving of the popularity he is acquired all alongside (No. 1 in ESPN’s welterweight rankings, too.)

Now the massive query looms: who will win the rights to the combat?

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