The stars ascend on Las Vegas this weekend for another big one in the welterweight division – it’s Terence Crawford v Shawn Porter for the WBO strap at 147 pounds, and freebets.com have you covered with everything you need to know.
Terence Crawford has run a perfect pro career so far, going 37-0 and picking up world titles in three different weight classes.
The reigning WBO welterweight king has stopped Jeff Horn, Jose Benavidez Jr, Amir Khan, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and Kell Brook in the 147 pound division and has climbed into the top three of most people’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Shawn Porter always brings the heat.
“Showtime” holds a record of 31-3-1, dropping defeats to Errol Spence Jr, Keith Thurman and Kell Brook over a 13-year carrer.
He’s a former titlist at welterweight and has been a serious contender at 147 for some time.
Will an all-action, aggressive, front-footed style, Shawn Porter has become one of the most-loved fighters in the United States and worldwide.
Will there be a changing of the guard in Vegas? Or will Crawford stamp his authority on the division?
We at freebets.com are going to take a closer look at the bout, as well as those all-important tips and free bets on offer.
When Is The Fight?
Crawford v Porter is on Saturday November 20, 2021 (approx: 4am UK time on November 21)
Where Is The Fight?
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Nevada, USA will host the fight.
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The Big Prediction
Terence Crawford comes into this title fight as an unbeaten champion and the rightful favourite, but his price of 1/8 to win the fight seems far too wide.
The challenger has wins over Yordenis Ugas and Danny Garcia over his past four fights, and lost a contested split decision to Errol Spence Jr. in his only loss over this period.
Sure, at 34 years old there are miles on the clock of “Showtime” Shawn Porter, but he doesn’t look like slowing down his tenacious style inside the ring any time soon.
Crawford is an extremely intelligent fighter – his switch-hitting is one of the very best in the sport – and will fancy himself in negating Porter’s fairly one-dimensional style.
Still, Porter is a nightmare fight for anyone. He’ll continue to come forward throwing bombs, sit on your chest and hit you wherever you are.
Back this contest to go the distance provides value at 4/7 considering Porter has never been stopped as a pro.
A Crawford win on the cards by Decision or Technical Decision comes in at 4/5 and is the best way to squeeze value out from the champion.
Porter can bang and we don’t really know how good Crawford’s chin is at 147 – 11/2 that Crawford gets knocked down and wins the fight is tempting.
Crawford’s pound-for-pound standing
Along with Canelo Alvarez and Oleksandr Usyk, Terence Crawford occupies a majority of people’s top three in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings.
World titles over three weight classes including undisputed status at super-lightweight, “Bud’s” accolades are building and his status is growing.
He’s still yet to land that signature fight to quash all theories that he owns a padded record.
Porter is a solid name to have on his record if he is to register a 38th career victory, but until Errol Spence Jr. and Crawford duke it out, Crawford will still have a few question marks over his head.
The Matador and the Bull
If Shawn Porter is to gain success against the slick champion, then he’s going to need to cut the ring off successfully.
This doesn’t mean just marching forward, swinging wildly and allowing Crawford to box off of the back foot and pick and choose his attacks.
Porter will need to double up on the jab and deploy intelligent aggression, hoping to time the champion onto one of his big power shots.
If he’s wasteful, predictable or reckless, then Crawford may have a comfortable evening.