The fighters are making their ringwalks. First itâ€™s Porter, the two-time welterweight champion, accompanied by the rapper Rapsody as he makes the long walk to the squared circle. And then comes Crawford, ambling to the ring in white robe and black trim to LL Cool Jâ€™s Iâ€™m Bad.
Hello and welcome to tonightâ€™s WBO welterweight title fight between Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter. Crawford, the longtime champion at 147lbs whoâ€™s been on the shelf since a TKO win over Britainâ€™s Kell Brook last year, is out to bolster his claim as the worldâ€™s best pound-for-pound fighter opposite Porter, whoâ€™s fresh off a dominant win over Sebastian Formella in August.
Fascinating scrap, this. Crawford is a heavy favorite on merit â€“ most oddsmakers list him as a 5/1 favorite â€“ but no one ever looks good against the crafty, athletic Porter, a two-time beltholder at boxingâ€™s glamour division. The consensus is tonightâ€™s showdown will either be a virtuoso performance for Crawford against perhaps the highest quality opponent of his career or an all-out war between two of the best welterweights of their generation.
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