The WBO has officially ordered Terence Crawford to defend his WBO welterweight world title against Shawn Porter.
After his knockout of Kell Brook last year, it’s unclear what fight would come next for Crawford.
The American fell out with his promoter Bob Arum, both frustrated with his current situation.
Crawford is a three-weight world champion and widely regarded as one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in all of sport today.
However, he has yet to face another world class fighter in his prime who comes close to his level.
The vast majority of top welterweight fighters today are signed with Al Haymon’s PBC, which rarely does business with Arum’s Top Rank.
The super fight every boxing fan wants to see between Crawford and Errol Spence seems more distant than ever for this reason.
Spence got to face the biggest names in welterweight also signed with PBC such as Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia.
Now he even won his biggest fight against Manny Pacquiao on August 21.
With fighters such as Porter out of his grasp, Crawford had to settle for lesser-known opposition and therefore was unable to generate large numbers of PPVs – part of the reason for the feud with his own promoter.
Now, however, the WBO has thrown him a lifeline by ordering the bout with Porter.
Both parties have 30 days to negotiate, or the WBO will hold a hearing on the stock market offers with a decided 60/40 split in favor of the champion.
Crawford and Porter are friends outside the ring, but recently said they would put that aside to fight.
Now we’ll see if they can put boxing politics aside and give fans a fantastic welterweight title fight to look forward to this year.