One of 2021’s most pivotal Welterweight matchups hits the pay-per-view airwaves this evening (Sat., Nov. 20, 2021) when unbeaten WBO champion Terence Crawford meets two-time titlist Shawn Porter.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of tonight’s main event below. The ESPN+ PPV broadcast kicked off at 9 p.m. ET, while Crawford and Porter will likely make the walk closer to midnight.
Though indisputably a pound-for-pound talent, Crawford has long struggled to find quality opponents due to most of the division’s elites fighting under different management. Tonight represents a rare collaboration between Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions, who came to terms when the WBO mandated that Crawford and Porter fight.
The main card will also see former Olympians Esquiva Falcao and Janibek Alimkhanuly take on Patrice Volny and Hassan N’dam, respectfully, while Raymond Muratalla takes on late replacement Elias Araujo in the opener.
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter — Crawford def. Porter by TKO (corner stoppage) in Round Ten
Esquiva Falcao vs. Patrice Volny — Falcao def. Volny by technical decision (58-57, 56-58, 58-56)
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Hassan N’Dam — Alimkhanuly def. N’Dam by TKO in Round Eight
Raymond Muratalla vs. Elias Araujo — Muratalla def. Araujo by TKO in Round Five
WBO Welterweight Championship: Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter
Round one: Porter on the front foot early, as expected. He tries to maul on the ropes, gets clinched. Right hands inside. Porter again marches in and again Crawford ties up. Again halfway through the round. Jabs from Crawford, who swings to Porter’s back and clinches when the latter tries to retaliate. Porter jabs the body. Not sure on that one. 10-9 Porter on activity.
Round two: Sharp jab from Crawford, busy clinch from Porter. Crawford whiffs on a check hook. Short right hook stings Porter for a moment, but he comes back with a good cross. Halfway through the round. Quick exchange, clinch. Check hook lands for Crawford. Porter enters with an overhand right and lands some solid shots, walking through a check hook. Counter from Crawford, clinch. Nice counter left at the bell. 10-9, 20-18 Porter.
Round three: Porter storming forward, solid movement from Crawford in response. Nice check hook. They trade near the ropes. Halfway through the round. Weirdly tentative moment in the corner. Crawford digs to the body and they slug in the center. Good right from Porter, clinch. Porter sporting a cut around his right eye. Their feet get tangled. 10-9, 30-27 Porter.
Round four: More early exchanges. Sharp 1-3 from Crawford, solid counter left that knocks Porter back. Combination upstairs, hard counters. Porter punches into the clinch. Good 1-2 lands for him halfway through the round. Double jab. Clinch. Crawford counter left. To the body on the counter, clinch. He matadors Porter in the corner. Porter storms in, tanks an uppercut. 10-9 Crawford, 39-37 Porter.
Round five: Solid rights from Porter in the first exchange. Both fire two-pieces. Hard counter left lands for Crawford. Porter comes back with a right hand and looks to maul in the clinch. Another charge from Porter halfway through the round. Effective aggression, nice series of hooks to the body and head. Crawford shoving him away. 1-2 from Porter. Crawford targets the body late in the round. 10-9, 49-46 Porter.
Round six: Some heavy early artillery from Crawford. Porter storms in and looks to open up until they clinch. Crawford body shot, another clinch. Porter 2-1. walks into a clean left. Halfway through the round. Clinch, clash of heads that cuts Crawford. Crisp combo lands for him soon after. Porter with some phone booth slugging. They trade power hands inside. 10-9 Crawford, 58-56 Porter.
Round seven: Jabs from Crawford. Check hook. 1-3. Porter ties up and slugs with the other hand. Clinch. Solid overhand right from Porter prompts a clinch in the corner halfway through the round. Sharp Crawford jabs. Clean counter left, clinch. Left hand to the body. Porter with another maul. Left hands by Crawford. 10-9 Crawford, 67-66 Porter.
Round eight: Nasty counter combo lands for Crawford. Porter slugging it out with him inside but Crawford’s just so damn clean. Clinch. Crawford counter lefts, clinch. Halfway through the round. Clean jab, just misses on a step-back uppercut. Clinch. Nice overhand right from Porter, then another that prompts a clinch. Porter coming on strong but eats a thudding body shot in the process. Three-piece combo by Porter. 10-9 Crawford, 76-76.
Round nine: Jabs from Crawford. Check hook once again. Good head movement to avoid the next burst. Porter to the body. Halfway through. Body shots, clinch punching from Porter. They trade jabs. Nice exchange, heavy lefts by Crawford. Nasty body work. Counter lefts low and high. 10-9, 86-85 Crawford.
Round ten: Crawford lands yet another heavy counter left and this one puts Porter on his seat. Porter back up with plenty of time to spare. Crawford stalking. absorbs an overhand right and comes back with a combo that drops Porter again. Porter’s pissed off and wants more, but father Kenny calls it off.
Final result: Crawford def. Porter by TKO (corner stoppage)
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