Terence Crawford and Shawn (*20*) have struck a deal for a welterweight title combat on Nov. 20 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay on ESPN+ PPV, a number of sources advised ESPN, avoiding a handbag bid that was scheduled for midday ET the place the rights to the combat have been slated to be auctioned off.
The pact ends weeks of negotiations between High Rank, which promotes Crawford, and PBC, which handles (*20*). The 2 sides not often do enterprise, with a pair of fights between heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder being a uncommon exception.
Not like these fights, this is not going to be a joint pay-per-view with Fox, the community that has a deal with PBC. High Rank will promote and lead the occasion in affiliation with PBC.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), the WBO welterweight champion, has one combat left on his deal with High Rank, sources advised ESPN, and will depart the promotion after this combat.
He final fought in November when he defended his title with a fourth-round TKO of pale contender Kell Brook in Las Vegas.
(*20*) (31-3-1, 17 KOs), a former welterweight title holder, is thought for his relentless stress fashion and all the time delivers thrilling scraps.
ESPN’s No. 4 welterweight, (*20*) will characterize the hardest problem of Crawford’s profession, on paper. The Omaha, Nebraska, native turns 34 later this month, and whereas his spectacular ring work earned him the No. 2 rating on ESPN’s pound-for-pound checklist, it is the results of the attention take a look at greater than whom he has crushed.
Crawford’s greatest win got here in 2016, a unanimous-decision victory over former champion Viktor Postol. He has lengthy been challenged for his lack of top-flight opposition regardless of his standing within the sport (he is presently No. 1 in ESPN’s welterweight rankings). A convincing victory over a fighter like (*20*) would show he deserves that recognition.