Former Two Division Champion Timothy Bradley believes the Terence Crawford Vs Shawn Porter WBO Welterweight Championship fight will be very competitive and could go either ways.
Unbeaten titlist and three Division Champion Terence Crawford will be outing his WBO world title on the line against two time welterweight titlist Shawn Porter on the 20th of November in Las Vegas, Live on ESPN Pay-Per-View.
Shawn Porter had been able to give top welterweight fighters issues in the past and has mostly lost close decisions in cases where he doesn’t emerge victorious. This was noticeable in Porters Unification fight with unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
“When you’re fighting a guy like Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford, there’s not one thing that you can say that’s how you get over the hump. I think Shawn Porter, mentally, is one of the toughest guys. His mentality, I love it, he reminds me of mine – he just wants to fight the best in the world – so I respect that and I respect him,” Bradley told Fighthype.com.
“Crawford, he gets a chance to show if he’s special, like truly, truly special. Shawn Porter’s given everybody in the division hell — everybody. He either lose by split decision, close when he fought against Errol Spence. So this is a measuring stick, I think, that Crawford needs. We need to see what he can do against a guy like Shawn Porter. But I like the fight a lot. I think it’s a 50-50 fight.”
Porter is viewed as the underdog by many ahead of the fight but Bradley doesn’t think so and explained why he believes, the fight will be much more competitive than expected. Bradley also sees Porter as Crawford’s measuring stick.
“This is Shawn Porter we’re talking about, with a granite chin, a guy that’s cerebral, a guy that’s knows how to think inside the ring. He can change rhythms off and on. Terence Crawford is a rhythm type of fighter. Once he gets going he starts tapping on you, tapping you, tapping you — it’s almost similar to [Emanuel] Navarrette — once he starts tapping you, getting his jab going, then the combinations are flying,” Bradley said.
“And I understand that so the fact that Shawn Porter, I know he knows how to change rhythms, he knows how to make adjustments inside the ring, he can box you at times, he can swarm you at times. One of the areas maybe he needs to be careful with is his lunging, because Terence Crawford has the craziest reaction time when it comes to intercepting offense coming his way. Many people think he stops Shawn Porter, I want to see that. I don’t know, Shawn Porter’s a different beast.”
Terence Crawford has already seen what Porter brings to the table and believes that, defeating Porter will solidify his position as the best Welterweights on the planet.