TERENCE CRAWFORD FACES THE BIGGEST TEST OF HIS CAREER IN SHAWN CRAWORD SATURDAY ON PAY-PER-VIEW. ALSO, DEMETRIUS ANDRADE TAKES ON JASON QUIGLEY.
TERENCE CRAWFORD (37-0, 28 KOs) VS. SHAWN PORTER (31-3-1, 17 KOs)
When: Saturday, Nov. 20
Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
TV/Stream: ESPN+ Pay-per-view
At stake: Crawford’s WBO title
Pound-for-pound ranking: Crawford No. 1
Odds: Crawford 5½-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)
Also on the card: Esquiva Falcao vs. Patrice Volny, middleweights; Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Hassan N’Dam, 10 rounds, middleweights; Isaac Dogboe vs. Christopher Diaz, featherweights
Prediction: Crawford UD
Background: Finally. This is the type of challenge Crawford has coveted for years, a true test of his unusual ability. The 34-year-old Nebraskan has dazzled fans en route to winning major titles in three divisions and climbing to the pinnacle of the sport. However, while he has beaten many capable opponents, it’s difficult to find a defining fight on his resume. He’s coming off a fourth-round knockout of Kell Brook almost exactly a year ago, his fourth successful defense of the title he won by stopping Jeff Horn in June 2018 and his eighth consecutive knockout. Porter, also 34, has been a top 147-pounder for a decade. The swarming fighter from Akron, Ohio, is a two-time titleholder with some big victories, including decisions over Danny Garcia and Yordenis Ugas. He lost to Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr. The Spence fight, a split decision setback, was close. Porter rebounded from that loss to shut out overmatched Sebastian Formella in August of last year, his most-recent fight. He will have been out of the ring for 15 months.
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE (30-0, 18 KOs) VS. JASON QUIGLEY (19-1, 14 KOs)
When: Friday, Nov. 19
Where: SNHU Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire
At stake: Andrade’s WBO title
Pound-for-pound ranking: None
Odds: Andrade 10½-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)
Also on the card: Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Ronny Rios, junior featherweights (for Akhmadaliev’s IBF and WBA titles); Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo, flyweights (for Martinez’s WBC title); Kali Reis vs. Jessica Camara, junior welterweights (for Reis’ WBA and vacant WBO titles)
Prediction: Andrade KO 8
Background: One could debate whether Andrade is one of the most-avoided boxers, which is a common notion. The fact is the two-division titleholder has faced a long list of solid, but second-tier opponents, the one possible exception being Vanes Martirosyan back in 2013. He last fought in April, when he easily outpointed Liam Williams in his fourth title defense. Many observers believe the 33-year-old southpaw could give anyone problems with his athleticism and awkward style but we’d have to see him against a next-level opponent to know for sure. Quigley isn’t that type of opponent. The 30-year-old Irishman had a vast and successful amateur career, which gave him a solid fundamental foundation. This is his chance to do something special in the paid ranks. He has won three consecutive fights since he was stopped after nine rounds by Tureano Johnson in July 2019, including a majority decision over solid, but limited Shane Mosley Jr. this past May. Andrade is a significant step up in opposition for Quigley. Hence the long odds he faces in the fight. The card is solid when you factor in the three world title fights below Andrade-Quigley.
Also fighting this week: Junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu (19-0, 15 KOs) will face Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 12-rounder Wednesday in Sydney (no TV in U.S.). And, on Saturday in Mescalero, Mexico, Hall of Famer Marco Antonio Barrera will take on Daniel Ponce de Leon in a six-round junior middleweight exhibition (FITE).