Terence Crawford On Possible Shawn Porter Showdown: “I’ll Show Once Again Why I’m The Best Fighter In The World”

By: Hans Themistode Terence Crawford’s boxing skills have never been questioned. Yet, for years, his overall resume has been ridiculed and picked apart. The former three-division titlist and current WBO welterweight belt holder, sat patiently as he was fed lesser opponent after lesser opponent. All the while, he hoped that one day he would face someone who could truly put his skills to the test. Now, after the WBO sanctioning body has ordered him and former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter to negotiate a fight agreement, the pound-for-pound star is getting exactly what he wanted. “I’ve been begging for a real challenge for years,” said Crawford to ESPN. In June of 2018, after picking up every world title at 140 pounds, Crawford moved up to the welterweight division and immediately snagged the WBO title from former titlist, Jeff Horn. He’s since defended his crown against whom many would consider an uninspiring cast including Jose Benavidez, Amir Khan, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and most recently, Kell Brook. All the while, Crawford has received plenty of criticism for his choice of opponents. Still, the Omaha, Nebraska native has insisted that he doesn't choose who he faces and has attempted to secure bouts against former unified champion Keith Thurman, current unified titlist Errol Spence Jr. and future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao. While he was apoplectic that he’s been unable to get any of the bigger names to face him, Crawford appears ecstatic that one of the division's best fighters will now have no choice but to face him in the ring. “All the so-called ‘elite welterweights’ have shown no interest in fighting me,” said Crawford. “Now one of them is finally being forced to.” Porter, 33, has long expressed a willingness to cast aside promotional differences and face Crawford in the ring. Several months ago, the Akron, Ohio native revealed that his team had attempted to make a showdown with Crawford a reality but ultimately felt disrespected with what was offered to him financially. With a purse bid now set to take place in 30 days if both sides aren't able to find middle ground on a deal, Porter figures to be well compensated for his possible matchup against Crawford. The former titlist was last in the ring in August of 2020, easily outworking fringe contender Sebastian Formella. As a matchup against Porter nears, Crawford views it as a chance to once again stake his claim as the best fighter around, regardless of the weight class. “I’ll show once again why I’m the best P4P fighter in the world. Be ready.” The post Terence Crawford On Possible Shawn Porter Showdown: “I’ll Show Once Again Why I’m The Best Fighter In The World” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Terence Crawford On Possible Shawn Porter Showdown: “I’ll Show Once Again Why I’m The Best Fighter In The World”

By: Hans Themistode

Terence Crawford’s boxing skills have never been questioned. Yet, for years, his overall resume has been ridiculed and picked apart.

The former three-division titlist and current WBO welterweight belt holder, sat patiently as he was fed lesser opponent after lesser opponent. All the while, he hoped that one day he would face someone who could truly put his skills to the test. Now, after the WBO sanctioning body has ordered him and former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter to negotiate a fight agreement, the pound-for-pound star is getting exactly what he wanted.

“I’ve been begging for a real challenge for years,” said Crawford to ESPN.

In June of 2018, after picking up every world title at 140 pounds, Crawford moved up to the welterweight division and immediately snagged the WBO title from former titlist, Jeff Horn. He’s since defended his crown against whom many would consider an uninspiring cast including Jose Benavidez, Amir Khan, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and most recently, Kell Brook.

All the while, Crawford has received plenty of criticism for his choice of opponents. Still, the Omaha, Nebraska native has insisted that he doesn't choose who he faces and has attempted to secure bouts against former unified champion Keith Thurman, current unified titlist Errol Spence Jr. and future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao.

While he was apoplectic that he’s been unable to get any of the bigger names to face him, Crawford appears ecstatic that one of the division's best fighters will now have no choice but to face him in the ring.

“All the so-called ‘elite welterweights’ have shown no interest in fighting me,” said Crawford. “Now one of them is finally being forced to.”

Porter, 33, has long expressed a willingness to cast aside promotional differences and face Crawford in the ring. Several months ago, the Akron, Ohio native revealed that his team had attempted to make a showdown with Crawford a reality but ultimately felt disrespected with what was offered to him financially.

With a purse bid now set to take place in 30 days if both sides aren't able to find middle ground on a deal, Porter figures to be well compensated for his possible matchup against Crawford. The former titlist was last in the ring in August of 2020, easily outworking fringe contender Sebastian Formella.

As a matchup against Porter nears, Crawford views it as a chance to once again stake his claim as the best fighter around, regardless of the weight class.

“I’ll show once again why I’m the best P4P fighter in the world. Be ready.”

The post Terence Crawford On Possible Shawn Porter Showdown: “I’ll Show Once Again Why I’m The Best Fighter In The World” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

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Keith Thurman: “I Saw Some Mitt Work From Pac Man, He Looks A Little Slower”

By: Hans Themistode Keith Thurman is still licking his wounds from his last ring appearance. The former unified welterweight champion hasn't been seen in the ring since picking up the first loss of his career two years ago against Manny Pacquiao. While Thurman continues to bide his time on the sidelines, Pacquiao is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares for his return to the ring. The former eight-division world champion will face arguably the biggest test of his career when he takes on current unified 147-pound titlist, Errol Spence Jr. The two are slated to swap fists on August 21st at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Seemingly every few days, Pacquiao drops a new training video as he prepares to deal with his much younger opponent. While the Filipino native has stated that he feels refreshed and rejuvenated, Thurman believes that by the looks of Pacquiao’s training videos, his age is starting to show. “I saw some mitt work from Pac Man, he looks a little slower this camp,” said Thurman during a self-recorded video. “I ain’t gonna lie, we all know he a little older, he looks a little slower.” At the age of 42, Pacquiao has admitted that he isn't able to push himself in training camp on a daily basis like in his younger years. Still, despite that, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer is confident in his ability to take down Spence Jr. As for the unified champion from Dallas Texas, he’s ostensibly in the prime of his career. After surviving a horrific car wreck in October of 2019, he brushed aside a life-threatening crash and got right back to work. In December of 2020, Spence Jr. successfully returned to the ring and dissected former two-division titlist, Danny Garcia over the course of 12 rounds. Thurman, 32, sat from his ringside seat as he watched Spence Jr. do whatever he wanted to Garcia, a man he also defeated by split decision in 2017. While Spence Jr.'s performance was nearly flawless, Thurman has openly criticized Garcia for failing to let his hands go and land something of consequence on the chops of Spence Jr. Although he isn't exactly a fan of the unified star, Thurman does expect him to pick up the win next month in Las Vegas. With that said, Thurman is hoping that Pacquiao is able to land one of his normally concussive blows at some point during the fight. “I think he got what it takes but I hope he gives Errol something good. We all wanna see that chin get touched.” The post Keith Thurman: “I Saw Some Mitt Work From Pac Man, He Looks A Little Slower” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman: “I Saw Some Mitt Work From Pac Man, He Looks A Little Slower”

By: Hans Themistode

Keith Thurman is still licking his wounds from his last ring appearance. The former unified welterweight champion hasn't been seen in the ring since picking up the first loss of his career two years ago against Manny Pacquiao.

While Thurman continues to bide his time on the sidelines, Pacquiao is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares for his return to the ring. The former eight-division world champion will face arguably the biggest test of his career when he takes on current unified 147-pound titlist, Errol Spence Jr. The two are slated to swap fists on August 21st at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Seemingly every few days, Pacquiao drops a new training video as he prepares to deal with his much younger opponent. While the Filipino native has stated that he feels refreshed and rejuvenated, Thurman believes that by the looks of Pacquiao’s training videos, his age is starting to show.

“I saw some mitt work from Pac Man, he looks a little slower this camp,” said Thurman during a self-recorded video. “I ain’t gonna lie, we all know he a little older, he looks a little slower.”

At the age of 42, Pacquiao has admitted that he isn't able to push himself in training camp on a daily basis like in his younger years. Still, despite that, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer is confident in his ability to take down Spence Jr.

As for the unified champion from Dallas Texas, he’s ostensibly in the prime of his career. After surviving a horrific car wreck in October of 2019, he brushed aside a life-threatening crash and got right back to work. In December of 2020, Spence Jr. successfully returned to the ring and dissected former two-division titlist, Danny Garcia over the course of 12 rounds.

Thurman, 32, sat from his ringside seat as he watched Spence Jr. do whatever he wanted to Garcia, a man he also defeated by split decision in 2017. While Spence Jr.'s performance was nearly flawless, Thurman has openly criticized Garcia for failing to let his hands go and land something of consequence on the chops of Spence Jr.

Although he isn't exactly a fan of the unified star, Thurman does expect him to pick up the win next month in Las Vegas. With that said, Thurman is hoping that Pacquiao is able to land one of his normally concussive blows at some point during the fight.

“I think he got what it takes but I hope he gives Errol something good. We all wanna see that chin get touched.”

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