Terence Crawford has always been an active champion. Yet, with a worldwide pandemic ravishing through most of the world, the Nebraska native was forced to sit on the sidelines until things became more clear.
Now, after spending 11 months on the shelf, the consensus number one fighter in the world will return to the ring to defend his WBO welterweight title as he takes on Kell Brook at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brook, a former welterweight champion in his own right, has spent the better part of a year begging to face Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) in the ring. The 34-year-old will now get his wish when the two face off in the main event.
At one point, Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) was considered amongst the very best in the welterweight division. The British native crossed the pond in 2014 to hand then champion Shawn Porter the first loss of his career while ripping away his title. Back to back losses at the hands of Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. however, saw Brook’s title reign truncated and his stay at welterweight vacated.
In his past three fights, Brook has campaigned at the Jr middleweight division but seemingly had little trouble in making the 147 pound limit for his showdown with Crawford. The reviews coming from his camp and from multiple time champion Billy Joe Saunders, is that Brook is coming into this contest in the best shape of his life. Regardless of that, oddsmakers aren’t buying it as they’ve tabbed Brook as high as a 20-1 underdog.
For Crawford, the 33-year-old isn’t looking at his upcoming showdown in the same fashion as the betting public. The former three division titlist has given Brook all of the respect in the world during most of their build up. With that being said, he might be expecting an arduous time on the night but like most of the public, Crawford is also expecting his hand to be raised at the end of the night.
Crawford vs Brook: Date and time
The 12-round welterweight clash will take place on Saturday, November 14 and is being held behind-closed-doors at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
As it’s taking place in the USA, UK fans will face a late night/early morning for this one.
The main event ring walks should get under way from around 5am on Sunday, November 15 but that will depend on the undercard results.
Undercard for Terence Crawford Vs Kell Brook
The card is stacked with few exciting matchups leading up to the main event; even including another title fight. The full card looks like this:
- Terence Crawford v Kell Brook – for WBO welterweight title
- Joshua Franco v Andrew Moloney – for WBA super-flyweight title
- Tyler Howard v KeAndrae Leatherwood
- Joshua Greer Jr v Edwin Rodriguez
- Raymond Muratalla v Luis Porozo
- Duke Ragan v Sebastian Gutierrez
- Vegas Larfield v Juan Alberto Flores
Terence Crawford Vs. Kell Brook prediction
I can see Brook performing well and perhaps giving Crawford some problems in the first few rounds. That’s basically what Brook managed against Spence as well. But Crawford likely needs to look spectacular if he wants to put more pressure on Spence and PBC to make a fight between the two. So, I can see Crawford stopping Brook in the middle rounds. Say, Crawford by stoppage in the seventh.