Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter First Look Fight Preview

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Terence Crawford enters the ring. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

WBO Championship boxing returns to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford will defend his title versus Shawn Porter. Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Crawford vs Porter, including updated odds, free expert boxing betting picks, and predictions.

Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter

WBO Welterweight Championship Main Event Bout

Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 10:04 PM EST at Mandela Bay Hotel & Casino

As one of six boxers in the sport’s history to hold all four major world titles (WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO), iterating the elite level of Terence Crawford’s boxing prowess isn’t a complicated task.

The 34-year-old Omaha, Nebraska native held the WBO and Ring magazine lightweight title between 2014 and 2015, the unified WBA (Super) WBC, IBF, WBO, and Ring light-welterweight titles from 2015 to 2017 before taking the WBO welterweight strap he wears around his waist today.

As of November 2021, Crawford is the number two ranked pound-for-pound greatest boxer on the planet. Alongside his exceptional amateur and professional boxing career, Crawford’s stylistic approach inside the ring is unique – owning the ability to switch between southpaw and orthodox effortlessly, this particular skill presents a plethora of technical difficulties for most boxers who possess a lone stance.

Boxing Pick: Terence Crawford -700 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Crawford vs. Porter Analysis and Breakdown

  • How Can Terence Crawford Defeat Shawn Porter?

It’s no secret that Crawford is a slow starter, his fight IQ is exceptional, and he’ll attempt to read his opponents before making the correct adjustments to his game plan. This is where Porter can pounce and attempt to disrupt Crawford’s rhythm-building style by forcing the pressure on him.

Porter’s most unique asset is his aggression. To truly blemish the undefeated record of Crawford, he’ll want to inject his relentless style early and often – perhaps focussing on the body can drain some life from the champ.

  • How can Shawn Porter defeat Terence Crawford?

It’s no secret that Crawford is a slow starter, his fight IQ is exceptional, and he’ll attempt to read his opponents before making the correct adjustments to his game plan. This is where Porter can pounce and attempt to disrupt Crawford’s rhythm-building style by forcing the pressure on him.

Porter’s most unique asset is his aggression. To truly blemish the undefeated record of Crawford, he’ll want to inject his relentless style early and often – perhaps focussing on the body can drain some life from the champ.

Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter Betting Picks and Odds

The available boxing odds at Bookmakers Review naturally favor the unbeaten WBO welterweight champion, but Shawn Porter is undoubtedly the most challenging opponent of Crawford’s career.

Kell Brook gave Crawford problems during their bout by focussing on the jab and keeping him on the outside, with an occasional right bomb for good measure. However, when Crawford switched into the southpaw stance, he eliminated Brook’s success, and I can visualize a similar outcome this Saturday.

Terence Crawford. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Porter has two dimensions of the game to contemplate, and this is a rare occurrence for most boxers who are usually presented with a singular stance to deal with. The frustrating need for Porter to consistently switch his attack will give Crawford a key advantage, and I’m sensing we’ll see the champion retain his title.

However, with the Moneyline, betting odds juiced to the high heavens. I’d instead prefer to reduce my risk with the over 10 and a half rounds. The durability of Porter is solid, and I think he can survive the mighty blows of Crawford until a unanimous decision goes against him.

Boxing Pick: Over 10 ½ rounds -215 with Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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