Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter odds, predictions, betting trends for 2021 boxing match
Terence Crawford has been widely recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. The only blow against him is that he hasn’t really been tested. On November 20 in Las Vegas, any questions the world has about Crawford’s greatness will be answered when WBO welterweight champion defends his title against two-time “Showtime” champion Shawn Porter.
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Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is the former undisputed junior welterweight champion who moved on to welterweight in a bid to start his belt collection at 147 pounds. He won the WBO title in 2018 by punishing Jeff Horn but was unable to face one of the other title holders due to boxing politics. However, he made four straight title defenses which all ended in a knockout to claim his claim as one of the best.
But if the boxing world is to believe that he can potentially become an undisputed champion in a second weight class, he will have to beat a man who arguably has the best CV among active welterweights.
Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) faced Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Yordenis Ugas, Adrian Broner and Kell Brook. He’s a former IBF and WBC champion looking to grab gold after failing against Spence in 2019. The only top 147-pound fighter he hasn’t faced is Crawford and we’ll find out just how good the The WBO champion is due to Porter going to put him through his toughest test yet.
Sporting News provides current odds and gives an overview of how to bet on Crawford-Porter.
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter odds
- Terence Crawford: -650
- Shawn Porter: +410
- Prize draw: +2300
According to FanDuel odds , Crawford is a big favorite at -650, which means it will take a bet of $ 650 to make a profit of $ 100. Porter is the underdog at +410 underdog, so a bet of $ 100 would pay $ 410.
Bets on props Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter
- Crawford by (T) KO: +190
- Crawford by decision: -115
- Carrier by (T) KO: +950
- Bearer by decision: +700
Prediction Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter
The betting line here is downright disrespectful. Crawford should be the betting favorite, but no one who has been in the ring with Porter has won comfortably. A -650 for Crawford to win is blatant and makes it inconceivable to bet on him to win directly.
Porter isn’t a knockout artist, but he’s a ball of physics that will push Crawford to his limits every second of every round. Errol Spence needed a late reversal to make a split decision and Keith Thurman narrowly escaped edging Porter by just one lap in their clash in 2016. It is highly unlikely to be an easy fight for Crawford. Instead, expect aerial combat that will force Crawford out of a difficult place. Porter will not give him any leeway and will be in his chest from the opening bell.
What Crawford has proven is that his boxing IQ is one of the best in the sport. He’s a notoriously slow starter who speeds up activity once he sees what his opponent has to offer. And Crawford is used to finding his opponents’ problems and exposing them to devastating results. He has not come the distance since a clinical dismantling of Viktor Postol in 2016.
There are two realistic outcomes here: Porter or Crawford by decision.
Porter has never come close to being knocked out despite his presence in the ring with big punchers Spence, Thurman and Garcia and he is not known as a finisher. He’ll likely see the judges’ scorecards, which could end up being a problem for Crawford if he doesn’t figure out how to turn Porter’s assault on him sooner rather than later.
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It is true that Crawford has never faced someone like Porter who relies on pressure and physique to get the job done. Porter is not reckless, but he is also not a very difficult target to hit. Crawford is going to have to sting Porter early and find ways to land clean punches in the hopes that he can put Porter back at some point. Otherwise, we’re going to have multiple pinch-and-fold rounds where the judges will struggle to separate Crawford’s precision from Porter’s aggressiveness.
There will be some risky moments in this fight as Porter will use clever aggression to force his way inside, nullifying Crawford’s reach, and brutalizing him. But Crawford is an exceptional fighter and a brilliant counter-punch with a nasty streak when he finds his opponent in danger. Timing will be key, and Crawford will weather the early storm to move away from the championship rounds by finding ways to fend off Porter’s advances with a clean backlash. Don’t be surprised if this is a majority or split decision for Crawford.
Sporting News prediction: Terence Crawford by decision (-115)