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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter: Live stream, start time, TV, PPV price, full list of fights, how to watch boxing 2021




How to watch Saturday’s fights. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)Top Rank via Getty Images

It’s Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter Saturday night as the headliner for a weekend of boxing action. “Bud” Crawford is defending his WBO welterweight title and his unbeaten record against “Showtime” Shawn Porter, the current WBO No. 1 contender. Saturday’s boxing event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada also features Esquiva Falcao vs. Patrice Volny, which is being billed as a co-feature. All of Saturday’s action will be available to watch via ESPN+. However, the primetime main card will only be available via ESPN+ Pay-Per-View.

How to watch Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter (Boxing 2021)

What time does coverage start? Where can I watch it on TV? Saturday’s coverage is broken up into two segments. The Prelims will start at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN+. The main card will start at 9 p.m. EST and air via ESPN+ PPV. The fights will not be broadcast via normal TV channels. However, you can order the fight through your cable provider. Ring walks for the main event are expected to start around 11 p.m. EST

Live stream: ESPN+ (prelims) | ESPN+ PPV (main card) – Saturday’s fight broadcast is only be available to stream via ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Pay-per-view price: How much does the fight cost? – Saturday night’s PPV will cost $69.99. However, the event is limited to ESPN+ subscribers. Viewers can sign up for the fight and an annual subscription to ESPN+ for $89.98.

Crawford vs. Porter Card: Full list of fights

  • Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter (For Crawford’s WBO super welterweight title)
  • Esquiva Falcao vs. Patrice Volny (middleweight)
  • Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Hassan N’Dam (middleweight)
  • Raymond Muratalla vs. Steven Ortiz (lightweight)

How to watch Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter: Live Stream , how to order PPV, start time, fight card

Terence Crawford (L) and Shawn Porter (R) pose during the weigh-in at Islander Ballroom at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on November 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

It’s been a long road for Cleveland boxing star Shawn Porter. He’s fought the best of the best and nearly reached the top of the mountain. On Saturday night, he’ll get another crack at it when he faces Terence “Bud” Crawford for the WBO welterweight title live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

[Order and stream Crawford vs. Porter on ESPN+ PPV]

Tonight’s main card kicks off at at 9 p.m. ET. Crawford and Porter expected to make their walks to the ring at approximately 11 p.m.

Saturday’s showdown is considered in boxing circles to be one of, if not the most anticipated boxing fight left on the calendar for 2021. Much of that is owed to Crawford’s status as one of the top two or three pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

“Crawford is a once-in-a-generational talent,” former world champion and analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. wrote for ESPN.com. “Throughout boxing history, we have seen many styles, but nothing like Crawford’s. Crawford is fluid, calm, and immensely diversified in his craft. His greatest quality is his superior ring IQ. Crawford has an extraordinary sense of distance, positioning, and control that enhances his ability to make adjustments.”

But as everyone, including Bradley, points out, Porter is Crawford’s biggest challenge yet. He is the fourth-ranked welterweight in the world by ESPN and has fought the top welterweights in the world, including a close loss to Errol Spence Jr. Porter has never been knocked out.

“Shawn Porter is the Grim Reaper of the welterweight division,” write Bradley. “He comes into the ring with one thing on his mind — to collect the soul and heart of his adversaries. He is not your typical swarmer, although tremendous pressure is part of his arsenal.”

Crawford is the heavy favorite at -900 favorite (you bet $900 to win $100) with Porter at +600 via Caesars Sportsbook. If Crawford can get past Porter, a dream fight between Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. (fingers crossed) could be next.

You can check out Saturday’s full schedule of fight’s, below:

Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter fight start time: Live stream, PPV price, how to watch


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WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford has waited years to finally face a top name in the division. His opportunity finally arrives on Saturday night when he steps into the ring against two-time former welterweight champion Shawn Porter in a huge pay-per-view showdown.

Crawford, long a staple at the top end of pound-for-pound lists, won his welterweight championship in June 2018 with a TKO win over Jeff Horn. Fighting as a part of the Top Rank stable, he was locked out of fights with welterweight’s biggest names, all of whom fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. Still, Crawford’s skills were on constant display as he made four successful defenses of his championship, all by stoppage.

Porter, a PBC fighter, finally was the man given the task to face off with Crawford when the WBO made him a mandatory challenger. Porter won his first welterweight title in December 2013, beating Devon Alexander by decision. He lost that belt by split decision against Kell Brook two fights later. Porter also suffered a loss in his next bid for a title, dropping a hard-fought, close decision against Keith Thurman in June 2016.

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Porter’s staying power in the division was shown in September 2018, beating Danny Garcia by decision to become WBC champion. He would hold that belt until losing a thrilling war with Errol Spence Jr. by split decision in December 2019.

Spence is the biggest item on the menu for either Porter or Crawford, Porter wanting a chance at revenge and Crawford wanting a showdown with the other top dog in the division. The winner takes home the WBO title and may get the Spence fight in the near future.

Below is the complete info for buying and viewing the PPV event as well as the fight card and latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Crawford vs. Porter viewing info

  • Date: Nov. 20
  • Location: Mandalay Bay Resort — Las Vegas
  • Start time: 9 p.m. ET (main card) | Price: $69.99
  • How to watch: ESPN+ PPV

Crawford vs. Porter fight card, odds

  • Terence Crawford (c) -700 vs. Shawn Porter +500, WBO welterweight championship
  • Esquiva Falcao -650 vs. Patrice Volny +475, middleweight
  • Janibek Alimkhanuly -2500 vs. Hassan N’Dam +1200, middleweight
  • Raymond Muratalla -2200 vs. Elias Damian Araujo +1100, lightweight

Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter fight predictions, undercard, odds, expert picks, preview, date

Watch Now:Terence Crawford Preps For Biggest Fight…(236)

In the eight years since Terence Crawford first arrived on the national scene, the dynamic boxer/puncher has grown to become a three-division champion and a stalwart atop the pound-for-pound rankings.

That doesn’t necessarily mean anyone can confidently claim to know just how great the 34-year-old Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) actually is. This weekend, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, that will all change.

With boxing politics being as forever frustrating as it can be, Crawford has spent the majority of his career feasting on second-rate and long-faded opponents. But thanks to the WBO naming former two-time champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) as his mandatory opponent, the two fighters from the opposite sides of the network and promotional divide will square off on Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown that’s expected to sizzle.

At 34, Porter can make a claim to being the most active and ambitious member of a star-studded welterweight division over the same period Crawford has slowly moved up in weight. The two-division champion has shared the ring with Devon Alexander, Paulie Malignaggi, Kell Brook, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas and Errol Spence Jr. throughout his run at 147 pounds, with the majority of fights coming against prime versions of those fighters.

While Porter hasn’t won all of the big challenges he has taken on, he has been both competitive and exciting in each one. Even more, he has evolved his style along the way.

Originally a bruising brawler who bullied his way inside like a fullback bursting through the line of scrimmage, Porter has added feints and quick footwork to his game while improving his pure boxing ability along with it.

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Finally, Crawford finds himself staring across the ring at an opponent who is capable of bringing out the best in him and the native of Omaha, Nebraska, seems to be just as excited about that as his critics.

“I respect everything that Shawn does. Shawn is athletic, he can box, he can bang, he can move around in the ring, he can cut corners and take angles. I’m not going to sit here and say that I don’t respect anything that he does,” Crawford said. “I’m just going to say that I do a lot of things better than Shawn. I’m going to show him come Saturday.

“Once we signed that contract, the switch was already flipped and I can’t wait to go out there Saturday to display my talent and look good doing it. Until then, right now I’m just chilling, playing Call of Duty in the room by myself all day. I’ve been in the room all day isolating.”

Porter, who grew up in suburban Ohio, has crossed paths with Crawford ever since their amateur days and has been pushing behind the scenes for a fight between the two for years, even despite Crawford’s claim that Premier Boxing Champions founder, Al Haymon, has been purposely freezing him out.

From Porter’s perspective, Crawford has already established himself as a future Hall of Famer and would like to cement his own status with a victory over him.

“I’m pretty sure I am on the brink of the Hall of Fame,” Porter said. “And with that, this fight is not win or go home for me, it’s win or nothing else. My life, right now, is depending upon winning this fight and beating Terence Crawford. He is a dominant fighter and everyone he gets in the ring with, he dominates.

“For me to be that guy he can’t dominate and that beats him to the punch and finishes the exchanges, everything that is required to beat Terence, I’ve got it.”

Despite suffering a flash knockdown in his 2019 stoppage win against Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Crawford has been virtually untouched at both 140 and 147 pounds. One would have to go back to his breakthrough 2014 win at lightweight over unbeaten Yuriorkis Gambos to see a fight in which Crawford was forced to make key adjustments in order to change the momentum while also absorbing punishment in order to hand out his own.

The good news for fans is that Crawford has no plans to try and box Porter from the outside and expects to stand strong in the face of Porter’s trademark pressure.

“Unlike other fighters that [Porter] fought, I’m different,” Crawford said. “The more you push, I’m going to push. The more you come, the more I’m going to come. Everybody is always saying, ‘Why would you throw fire with fire when you can just outbox him?’ It’s because I love that, I love that. You hit me hard, I’m going to hit you even harder. Let’s see who can last.”

Crawford’s impending free agent status makes it unsure whether he will ever land the superfight against Spence that fans have coveted for years. Entering his last bout on his Top Rank deal, Crawford has been largely quiet of late regarding his future, as has Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

The focus, understandably, has been instead on the here and now. And Porter expects to push Crawford in a way no other opponent has been able to accomplish.

“There are people you can get to, and there are people that you can’t get to. I’m one of those people that you can’t get to, and I got a feeling that you can get to him quicker on the microphone than you can in the ring. In the ring, he is solid, but there may be something that is posted or said that might have an affect on him [during] the fight,” Porter said.

“I’m relaxing, I’m drinking water and just biding my time. I am a showtime fighter, and I can’t wait for showtime on ESPN+ PPV. I’m a really even-keeled type of guy. I like things to be easy, and fight week is always easy for me.”

Below is the rest of the PPV portion of the card along with a detailed prediction for the main event.

Fight card, odds

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

  • Terence Crawford (c) -700 vs. Shawn Porter +500, WBO welterweight championship
  • Esquiva Falcao -650 vs. Patrice Volny +475, middleweight
  • Janibek Alimkhanuly -2500 vs. Hassan N’Dam +1200, middleweight
  • Raymond Muratalla -2200 vs. Steven Ortiz +1100, lightweight


Let’s not bury the lede here: this has all the makings to be tremendous theater and a perfect example of high-speed chess between elite stars.

What was somewhat lost in the aftermath of Porter’s thrilling split-decision loss to Spence in 2019 was how Spence admitted afterward to completely abandoning the gameplan in order to stand and brawl with Porter. The reason was because he openly took Porter lightly and was convinced he could walk him down and stop him with relative ease.

Crawford likely won’t be as willing to accommodate Porter as easily. Yet, true to his comments above, he will stand and trade with him provided Porter can consistently force him to by getting inside.

This is where the effectiveness of Porter’s helter-skelter style will decide whether he truly has a shot of winning this fight or if he is simply selling his name to Crawford as a way to cement the unbeaten champion’s resume.

Porter is at his best when he combines the aggressiveness he showed early in his career with the darting footwork and feints he added later. But it’s a style most effective against elite fighters with slower foot speed, which is why it was so effective in his 2018 title win over Danny Garcia.

Crawford is too quick for Porter to be able to overwhelm him with movement alone and will need to harness the perfect mixture of his two styles to have a shot at keeping Crawford guessing. The problem with that, however, is that Crawford is even more versatile than Porter and able to switch stances with such ease that it might perfectly neutralize Porter’s best-laid plans.

The prospect that Porter enters the second half of the fight down on the scorecards and in need of an all-out blitz remains high. Luckily for fans, the results should be pure excitement as Porter goes for broke like a runway train at an aggression level he hasn’t fully shown since his 2017 dismantling of Berto.

Porter will likely succeed in being the most difficult challenge Crawford has yet to face. But playing the bull against a matador like Crawford successfully is a hill even too large for the ambitious Porter to climb.

A late stoppage for Crawford by hitting Porter with something he doesn’t see isn’t out of the question. Either way, this will one should live up to all of its lofty expectations, mostly because Porter is one of the only fighters skilled and daring enough to make Crawford prove just how great he really is.

Pick: Crawford via UD12 

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Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter fight: Five biggest storylines to watch in the welterweight title showdown

Watch Now:Terence Crawford Preps For Biggest Fight…(236)

The next major boxing event is upon us. A pair of top welterweights in the already loaded division are set to meet in the middle of the ring on Saturday night in Las Vegas with the WBO title at 147 pounds on the line.

Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) will attempt to make the fifth defense of his title in arguably the first dangerous test he has faced 147 pounds when he takes on former two-time champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) inside the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

Given the platform and stakes of this weekend’s pay-per-view event, there are no shortage of storylines entering this matchup. Let’s take a closer look.

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1. Finally, boxing did right by Crawford

It may have taken four years since the time Crawford became the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era at 140 pounds before moving up to welterweight, but he finally has an elite foe — one still in his prime — to stack up his impressive skills against. The fact that Crawford is now 34 makes it almost criminal we have been forced to wait this long as “Bud” has lingered in welterweight exile on the outside looking in of the political and network divide. We may not do this often in this routinely unsavory sport, but credit is due to the WBO for ordering the fight after naming Porter the mandatory opponent. Although Crawford has regularly appeared in the top five of just about every pound-for-pound list, it has been difficult to properly rate him due to the smorgasbord of faded names and not-quite-ready for prime time players he has fought against at welterweight up to this point after having his way with the elite at both 135 and 140 pounds.

2. Which version of Porter has the best shot at giving Crawford trouble?

That will be the question trainer Kenny Porter will be forced to answer as the father/son duo prepare for a plan of attack against the sublime Crawford. Porter has become the chameleon of the division. Long known for his recklessly aggressive style of leading with his head and forearms to get inside, Porter showcased an all-new attack against Danny Garcia in 2018 to capture the vacant WBC title when he relied on feinting and herky-jerky footwork patterns to constantly keep the slow-footed Garcia guessing. Porter used somewhat of a hybrid style that was still heavy on pressure to give unbeaten unified champion Errol Spence Jr. all he could handle in their thrilling 2019 unification that ended in a split-decision loss. But Spence has since admitted he abandoned his game plan altogether from the opening round in what turned out to nearly be an ill-advised move that was fueled by overconfidence he would be able to overwhelm Porter with ease. Don’t expect Crawford to play so easily into Porter’s best-laid plans. Therefore, the timing of when to switch up styles will be key. Crawford typically has his way with aggressive fighters, although he has yet to face someone at welterweight with the combination of speed and physical strength that Porter possesses.

3. Crawford’s impending free agency still looms large over the result

Is Porter just the first of the elite welterweights Crawford will face before the end of his career or simply the only one? And what about that Crawford-Spence super fight that is getting dangerously close to its expiration date? With Crawford entering the final bout of his Top Rank promotional deal, these are important questions that need answering, particularly if Crawford wins. With the exception of rising stud Vergil Ortiz Jr., who fights for Golden Boy Promotions on DAZN, all of the 147-pound fighters who matter reside under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. Six months ago, it seemed as if Crawford was a shoe-in to be leaving Top Rank after Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum badmouthed him publicly for being a consistently poor draw. But both sides have been quiet of late and Top Rank has enough elite talent in the divisions below welterweight (including Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez Jr.) who may one day move up to make re-signing a decent move for Crawford. Still, it would be hard to swallow seeing such a generational talent like Crawford not get to fight the majority of his contemporaries, which include Spence, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas and (until recently) Manny Pacquiao. Not to mention a still-rising Jaron “Boots” Ennis.

4. Porter deserves much more love and respect

Even with the majority of elite welterweights in this particularly deep era at 147 pounds all being represented by PBC, that doesn’t mean each have been willing to face one another all the consistently. That’s why the matchmaking decisions by Porter deserve recognition. Since 2013, Porter has faced the following welterweights while they were still in their physical prime: Devon Alexander (25-1), Kell Brook (32-0), Adrien Broner (30-1), Keith Thurman (26-0), Danny Garcia (34-1), Ugas (23-3) and Spence (25-0). In addition, he also fought former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Andre Berto before their full decline, along with a difficult two-fight series against former lightweight champion Julio Diaz, which featured a split draw in their first meeting. No, Porter hasn’t been victorious in every fight. He has, however, consistently dared to be great by seeking out the best, including a failed bid to attract Pacquiao shortly after the Filipino legend handed Thurman his first pro defeat. Porter not only makes fun fights on a regular basis, he makes big ones. That’s why his growing legacy remains extremely underrated.

5. Expect Porter to bring out the very best of who Crawford is

Given his typical wide advantages in everything from speed and power to IQ, most of Crawford’s welterweight run has been one-way traffic. At some point in the first half of the fight, Crawford switches to southpaw. From there, he slowly stalks and breaks down his opponent in almost surgical fashion, with all five 147-pound appearances ending via stoppage. Porter, however, has the ability to force Crawford to fight off the back foot immediately. And should the fight become a high-paced thriller like it has the potential to be, expect Crawford to showcase exactly what makes him so great. If we’re being fully honest, Crawford hasn’t been legitimately pushed — even despite the flash knockdown he suffered in 2019 against Egidijus Kavaliauskas — since his 2014 lightweight title defense against Yuriorkis Gamboa. What was most notable about that fight was how nasty Crawford became in the midst of two-way exchanges, which ended in his spectacular ninth-round stoppage of Gamboa to hand the Cuban dynamo his first pro defeat. Porter has all the making to bring out that same beast inside Crawford, which is why this fight is so anticipated.

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Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: Canelo Alvarez maintains top spot after making history against Caleb Plant


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Similar to the old holiday shopping axiom of “what to buy for the man who has everything,” there isn’t much more to say about Canelo Alvarez’s greatness that hasn’t already been heaped upon him in deserved fashion.

Alvarez, 31, fulfilled his goal of becoming the first Mexican boxer to be crowned undisputed champion when he stopped unbeaten Caleb Plant last weekend to unify all four super middleweight world titles.

The fact that the Mexican icon did so by winning four fights in the span of 12 months to make the division his own says everything one needs to know about what makes Alvarez special — during a pandemic, no less — when many top fighters are struggling to fight even twice in one year.

Alvarez was surgical in breaking down Plant’s guard and elite defensive skills to once again prove he can fight any style needed in a given fight. The 11th-round TKO cemented even further why Alvarez, in an era filled with elite fighters, is pound-for-pound the best in show — and it’s not particularly close.

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After the conclusion of such a busy schedule, Alvarez plans to take some time off before a May return, likely on Cinco de Mayo weekend. The only suspense remaining is which direction Alvarez will head next in his quest to be great.

Recent teasing about a move back up to 175 pounds, where he knocked out Sergey Kovalev in 2019 to claim the WBO title, is nothing short of intriguing. Alvarez would give up a ton of size at light heavyweight, where unbeaten champions Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol reside.

Alvarez could just as easily stay at 168 pounds should he decide to remain aligned with PBC to defend his four-pack of titles against marketable names like David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo. And then there is the trilogy with middleweight titleholder Gennadiy Golovkin, which is undoubtedly the hope of streaming platform DAZN, which broadcasted Alvarez’s previous six fights before Plant.

Whichever direction Alvarez decides to go, the crowds will follow as the sport’s biggest draw continues a career arc unique to his own some 16 years after he first turned pro as an unknown teenager. Somewhere along the way, Alvarez will likely pass the great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. for recognition as the greatest boxer in Mexico’s decorated history.

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