Bob Arum broke some pretty exciting news earlier today, that Terence Crawford will be defending his WBO Welterweight Championship on November 14 against former IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook.
Arum stated that it’s going to cost a lot of money to put this fight on, probably because of the lack of an audience, but also stated that they’re going to make it happen.
There’s been talk about this fight happening for a couple months now, but it turned into a stalemate since we first heard the rumors, until today that is! Now we know we can look forward to Terence Crawford vs. Kell Brook.
These are two of the most successful boxers in the business today. Crawford still has yet to lose a single time as a professional, boasting a perfect 36-0 record, while Brook also started his career out at 36-0.
That streak was ended by Gennady Golovkin via TKO in round five back in September of 2016. Brook also lost his next fight, where he was defeated by Errol Spence Jr. via TKO in round eleven in May of 2017, losing his IBF title.
Since then however, Brook has gone 3-0, winning the WBC Silver Light-Middleweight Championship, as well as the WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight Championship in the process. Now, with a 39-2 record, he gears up to challenge Crawford for the WBO Welterweight Championship.
Crawford is about as good of a boxer as we see today, he’s certainly as technical as anyone in the game today. He’s been a world champion since 2013, with all but one fight since then being a title fight, some titles of which he’s had to vacate.
These two also had relatively short, but successful amateur careers, where Crawford went 58-12, and Brook went 31-5.
Brook won two Amateur Boxing Association of England titles, and two National Association of Boys Club British Boxing Championships, as well as a gold medal in four different international tournaments.
Crawford won the National PALS Championships, Blue & Gold National Championships, and the US Pan American Games Box-Offs as an amateur. Only one fight kept him from going to the 2008 Olympics, a fight he lost to Sadam Ali.
Both Crawford and Brook are right in the middle of their athletic peaks, with Crawford having just turned 33-years-old, and Brook being 34-years-old. Of Crawford’s 36 wins, 27 come via knockout, while Brook also has 27 knockouts in his 39 wins.
They have relatively similar frames as well, though Crawford has the advantage, standing 5’8” with a 74” reach, as opposed to Brook standing 5’9” with a 69.5” reach.
This is going to be a very technical, fun-to-watch 12-round battle with two of the sports best boxers.
Who walks away with the WBO Welterweight Championship?