The WBO has ordered a mandatory fight between undefeated welterweight champion Terrence Crawford (37-0-0) vs former IBF / WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1) and they have until August 20 of the current year to reach an agreement, otherwise, the fight will go to auction.
Crawford has been targeted by Josh Taylor, who followed in the American’s footsteps by becoming an undisputed super-lightweight champion.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum previously said: “We hope early next year we will be able to do a fight that will blow the lid off of everything in the UK. That would be Josh Taylor challenging Terence Crawford for the welterweight title,” Lo que Bob Arum no esperaba es que la OMB ya emitió su pelea obligatoria por lo que Terrence no puede dejar este cinturón ya que es su única moneda de cambio para acceder a una pelea de unificación contra Errol Spence Jr.
If Crawford gives up his WBO title, he would be reduced to a challenger against Spence, and his chances of getting the fight dramatically decrease.
Porter might be willing to take the fight with Crawford rather than going the route of a match against former WBA/WBC champion Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs).