The WBO has ordered Terence Crawford to fight Shawn Porter for his welterweight belt

Terence Crawford
Source: Skysports

Bob Arum of Top Rank previously stated: “We expect to be able to stage a bout early next year that will blow the lid off everything in the UK. Josh Taylor is defending his welterweight belt against Terence Crawford.”

The World Boxing Organization has ordered Terence Crawford to defend his welterweight title against Shawn Porter.

The undefeated champion gave a ‘thumbs up’ on social media, indicating that he is ready to return to the ring.

Crawford and Porter have until August 20 to agree on terms for a boxing fight, after which it will be put up for purse bids, with several promoters bidding for the privilege to organise the fight.

Crawford is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but he had no bout scheduled until Wednesday night when the WBO announced their decision.

The three-weight world champion is undefeated in 37 fights and has won stoppage victories over Amir Khan and Kell Brook to retain his WBO title.

Porter, a two-division welterweight champion, was defeated by Crawford’s great opponent Errol Spence Jr in an exciting back-and-forth bout in 2019.

Next month, Spence Jr will meet Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight belt unification showdown.

Crawford has been singled out by Josh Taylor, who, like Crawford, became the unchallenged super-lightweight champion.

“I believe in my own talent,” Taylor told Sky Sports. I believe I’ve faced tougher opponents than Crawford, despite the fact that Crawford is an elite level fighter.

“However, he hasn’t faced the best competitors in his division.” He’s faced some tough opponents, but I believe I competed at a higher level. On my journey up, I faced tougher opponents.”

“We hope early next year we will be able to do a bout that would blow the roof off of everything in the UK,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told.

“That would be Taylor vs. Crawford for the welterweight championship.”

“In the United Kingdom, it would be primetime. We’d want to perform it with 60,000 people in Scotland in the spring.”

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