Reigning WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford defends his title against WBO No. 1-ranked contender Shawn Porter at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, November 20. The date when the fight airs live in the UK and Australia is Sunday, November 21.
At the kick off press conference held earlier today the fighters met face to face and previewed their upcoming matchup. Check out below what they had to say.
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Terence Crawford: A dominating win will boost my status as the number one pound-for-pound
Undefeated Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) makes the fifth defense of his belt. He promised “fireworks” over the course of a 12-round battle against Porter, adding “if you last that long”.
“We always have had a good relationship ever since the amateur days. There has never been any bad blood. It’s always been all love, but come November 20, we step on him.
“It’s put up or shut up. In my eyes, I can stand up and pull my shirt out and I can really show this 8-pack I got because you know I stay working. I stay working. That is nothing new to me, and it isn’t anything new to you. You know what you are up against on November 20. I know what I’m against on November 20.”
“We are going to give the fans a great night of boxing. It will be fireworks from the first bell to bell 12 if you last that long.”
“Unlike other fighters that you fought, I’m different. I believe you know that I’m different. The more you push, the more I will push. You hit me hard, and l will hit you even harder if you can last. That’s what makes this fight a great fight.”
“A dominating win against Porter will boost my status as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”
“Everybody is excited. My family, my friends, my supporters have been dying to be at a live event and this will be the first time in a long time where they can see Terence Crawford live in action. Everybody is hungry for it, just like I have been dying to get in the ring. The time is now. I’m going to give everyone what they have been asking for.”
Shawn Porter: My life right now it’s all about beating and dominating Crawford
Two-time former welterweight champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) anticipates “crazy energy”. He said he wants to be the only fighter Crawford could not dominate.
“When I get in the ring, I command the ring. When I get in a room, I command the room.
“I believe this fight is happening right on time. There’s no secret that there is a lot of respect between me and Terence.”
“We can talk all about resumes, but when I look at his resume, nobody that has been in the ring with him, knows him as I know him. The best of Terence Crawford will bring out the best of Shawn Porter. What I do know is November 20 is a big day for boxing and it will be a big day for Team Porter.
“I’m sure I’m on the brink of getting into the Hall of Fame. For me, it’s not only win or go home. It’s win, or nothing else. My life right now it’s all about beating and dominating Crawford. My legacy will depend on beating Terence Crawford.”
“He is a dominant fighter. Everyone he gets in the ring with, he dominates. I want to be the one fighter that he can’t dominate. Everything that is required to beat Terence, I got it. It’s time to take on this challenge.”
“On November 20, the energy will be great. Fight night will be unlike no other. This will be the crazy energy you ever felt and I’m looking forward to it.”
The list of bouts featured on Crawford vs Porter undercard is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.