Shawn Porter doesn’t take it personal when he hears or reads about boxing fans wanting to see Errol Spence Jr. fight Terence Crawford more than a Spence-Porter rematch.
Spence-Porter was one of the most entertaining fights of 2019 and Porter definitely wants a rematch. But as an analyst for FOX Sports and a passionate fan of the sport, Porter really wants to watch Crawford-Spence, too.
If that much-discussed welterweight title unification fight ever actually happens, Porter expects Crawford to win. Porter and Crawford are friends, but he gave a detailed breakdown of why Crawford would win during the newest episode of “Stars and Champions,” which will debut on Impact Network on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.
“When I analyze that fight and I take a look at the fighters and what they bring to the ring, that’s a fight that I think Terence Crawford could win and will win,” Porter told host Dan Rafael, a BoxingScene.com contributor and former ESPN.com writer. “I think that Terence is, I think he’s the more intelligent fighter in the ring. I think that he has more experience than Errol Spence. And I think that he’s been in a championship arena longer than Errol Spence. And I think that you take those things into account.”
Porter dropped a split decision to Spence in their 12-round, 147-pound championship unification match September 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Spence was a tremendously tough opponent, but Porter is more impressed by Crawford’s versatility.
“Take into account that Terence Crawford is great with his right hand, and also his left hand,” Porter said. “You know, he’s got power in both hands. That makes him unpredictable, you know? He’s gonna come out one round, see how he feels at the orthodox position. And he’ll come out the next round and see how he feels at the southpaw position. And he’s trying to determine how he wants to beat you. And on the other hand, Errol Spence is trying to figure out how to beat him with just the right hand and the left hand [from strictly a southpaw stance].
“Now he’s gotta figure out which way Terence Crawford’s gonna come at him. So, I just think that Terence Crawford has more dimensions to his game. I think that Terence Crawford is the faster and better boxer from the outside. And I think that if Errol Spence were to win that fight, he would have to win that fight on the inside. It would be an inside battle for him, but I do think that Terence Crawford would win that fight.”
The 32-year-old Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs), who owns the WBO welterweight title, and the 30-year-old Spence (26-0, 21 KOs), the IBF/WBC champ, are not expected to fight until 2021 at the earliest.
Spence could encounter Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) in a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View fight sometime in the fall.
The DeSoto, Texas, native hasn’t fought since suffering cuts to his face and dental damage during a one-car accident October 10 in Dallas. Spence was charged with driving while intoxicated as a result of that scary crash, in which he was ejected from a Ferrari that was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Crawford, meanwhile, might fight Kell Brook in the Omaha, Nebraska, native’s first fight following the COVID-19 pandemic. Spence knocked out Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) in the 11th round to win the IBF welterweight title in May 2017 in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.