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Terence Crawford Vs. Shawn Porter Preview, Picks

by Ike Feldman
Updated On: November 16, 2021, 11:25 am ET

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It’s been an absolutely ride in the fast lane this fall for combat sports. Especially for the sweet science as we’ve had epic trilogy fights: the huge upset of a superstar, the #1 pound-for-pound fighter squashing another challenger and now we get an elite showdown between two men in Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter who are trying to etch their names in the history books with a huge win on Saturday night.

-700 Terence Crawford (37-0: 28 KOs) vs. +500 Shawn Porter (31-3-1: 17 KOs)

Being an undefeated boxer who’s one of the pound-for-pound greats in the world comes with the important task of picking opponents that will not only present a higher level of danger but will also broaden your brand. This is exactly the case for undefeated and unscathed boxer Crawford, as he faces a powerful opponent in Porter who has mixed it up with some of this generation’s greats. Crawford is gifted in many ways. The Nebraskan native has pace, patience and a beautiful boxing technique that incorporates an innovative style and the ability to jump on his prey when he smells a finish. 

For Porter, he has answered the door to greater challenges facing elite competition like Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, Andre Berto and Danny Garcia. Unfortunately, the Ohio native fell a bit short in some of those marquee matchups. Though he’s faced the cream of the crop in the 147-pound division, amazingly, Porter is yet to be stopped before the final bell. He is built like a tank and is unafraid to wing bombs inside of the pocket or against the ropes, and Crawford must be aware of this. Pretty in his approach, Crawford will switch stances often -- a rarity in boxing -- and use his push and pull style to drain his opponent's gas tank while exhausting them mentally until, finally, he sees a high-percentage opportunity to end the fight. The straight-up Money Line for this fight would indicate that Crawford will win handily, but I know Porter won’t go down like a chump.

It’s a huge stage and one of the last great fights of the year. I don’t expect these men to produce a boring product this Saturday night. All eyes will be on the soft-spoken Crawford who is trying to avoid being left behind in the pound-for-pound rankings and even more so in the public eye. His record speaks for itself, but even a fighter like Canelo Alvarez, who’s second language is English, climbed into fight fans' minds when he cracked through to the upper echelon of opponents. Even Teofimo Lopez, who is 10 years younger than Crawford and who just asserted himself into elite boxer status with his last win over Vasyl Lomachenko seems to have more buzz surrounding his career at this point than Crawford. It’s so important for Crawford’s legacy to not only win against Porter, but to dominate. If Crawford wins in a supreme fashion against Porter, there are only two, maybe three more fights that stand in between him and clearing out the welterweight division.

I see Crawford being a little tentative in the early rounds but then finding his rhythm and distance that will ultimately lead to him finding a home for his sweeping left hook over and over again.

Selection: Terence Crawford wins

Will The Fight Go The Distance?  -164  YES  or  +120  NO

As previously stated, Shawn Porter is yet to be stopped in his professional boxing career. While many experts would say that Terence Crawford will be his greatest test to this point, he still held his own against elite competition; not only making it to the final bell, but landing heavy shots on his opponents in the championship rounds. I appreciate the guts it takes from Porter to not baby his boxing record and face great boxers like Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. For Crawford, it’s been a very slow burn to get to this point of his career of facing truly dangerous competition. His management had built the perfect bridge to get him to this point, but he is finally matched up with a top-of-the-line opponent. I see Crawford playing things slow early on to shake off his year of being away from competition and then getting into the rhythm of the fight by the middle rounds, but Porter will be right there in his face the whole time. Crawford may land huge shots in the 10th and 11th, usually when he’s downloaded all of his opponent's footwork and offense, but I know Porter’s game face won’t be broken by Crawford’s late surge. I got Porter to easily make it to the final bell, as he has a granite chin and the heart of a lion.

Selection: Yes, Fight Goes The Distance

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Ike Feldman

Ike Feldman is not only a longtime combat sports practitioner, but he is also an Edgy broadcaster that has been covering and handicapping combat sports on a high level since 2016. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @IkeFeldman to get unrivaled MMA and Boxing content, insight and entertainment.