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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter preview and prediction

Terence Crawford takes on Shawn Porter on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas for their welterweight bout. The undefeated Crawford, TBRB rank number two, looks to solidify his claim at the top spot in the division. Above Crawford at the welterweight division is Errol Spence Jr, while Porter, TBRB rank number four, is looking to go back on top of the division. 

The welterweight crown is up for grabs as it is open when Manny Pacquiao retired.

Crawford, (37-0-0, 28 KO's) many still in doubt with is unblemished resume. If you look at his record, none of his past opponents were currently rank at TBRB's top 10. He had beaten notable opponents like Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Yuriorkis Gamboa but are no longer at the top 10. On Saturday, night he will be up against Porter who's currently number four at welterweight division. Porter is expected to give Crawford a close and competitive fight that Crawford's previous opponents failed to do. 

Porter, (31-3-1, 17 KO's) came up short against Errol Spence Jr.. He lost by a split decision. A very close fight that judge Larry Hazzard Jr had him on the scorecard (115-112). If it was Porter declared as the winner, it's a decision that I can't complain. Well if you look at the Crawford-Porter match-up, I can think of this way. Crawford is more of a technically sound boxer that Porter can outbox. But the question is: Does Porter do not have a chance? Of course he has.

There's always a way for Porter to win here. Porter fight likes he's going somewhere else after the fight. He's like in a hurry to finish the fight but doesn't really have that devastating power. His power is respectable, but not superb. But if he could land something that Crawford won't see coming, Porter might score a knock-out, which is a possibility that could turn out into a reality. Porter's overhand right find some home of his previous opponents. Crawford has been tagged too in a fight he all won. 

There's a tendency also that the fight will be stopped due to injuries that a referee might stop the fight. Maybe a clash of heads, cut due to a punch. But I can say most likely would be a clash of heads as Porter tends to come in head first coming forward with that looping right hook.

Crawford can switch between stance at any point of the fight. He was more of a defensive mindset when he goes southpaw, but more aggressive when he turns orthodox. This could lead to Porter to think and adjust his aggression in the fight. 

Porter said that Crawford is an emotional fighter. Once he disrupts Crawford's rhythm he would become emotional. Simply put, he will not let Crawford fight his fight and instead force his swarming style to Crawford, so that Crawford get frustrated. But this approach is easier said than done. Porter should have his tank full going into the fight ready for 12 rounds. Not only that, Porter needs to include defensively responsibilities on his attacks as he could not just go out swinging. He's get tagged by Crawford's counters. 

I got Crawford winning on the scorecards in an action packed fight. 

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