Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr will 'hopefully' end wait for super-fight says WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman

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Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr have been encouraged to finally stage one of the most in-demand fights in boxing by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

The undefeated American welterweight champions are yet to finally decide who the division's true No 1 is, but Sulaiman has lent the support of his governing body to the fight.

Crawford must first defend his WBO championship in the hardest fight of his career so far against Shawn Porter, live on Sky Sports in Las Vegas from 2am on Sunday morning.

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Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter
Image: Crawford will fight Porter, live on Sky Sports from 2am on Sunday morning

"There is Crawford and Porter fighting on November 20 in a big fight, and hopefully the winner fights in the future with our champion Spence Jr," Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

Porter is a former two-time welterweight champion. He was beaten by Spence Jr in 2019 in a sensational scrap that unified the IBF and WBC belts.

But shortly after that fight, Spence Jr was involved in a horrific car crash which left him in a critical condition.

He recovered to outpoint two-weight world champion Danny Garcia but has since struggled with a serious eye injury.

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Shawn Porter, Errol Spence Jr
Image: Porter was denied by a split decision against Spence Jr

"I have been in communication with Errol," Sulaiman said. "He is a fantastic human being, a miracle man who survived an accident.

"Now he is having a retina problem and had to pull out of fighting Manny Pacquiao.

"It has been a difficult time for him but he is very strong mentally and physically.

"He has begun training."

Terence Crawford, right, punches England...s Amir Khan during the fifth round of a WBO world welterweight championship boxing match Sunday, April 21, 2019, in New York. Crawford won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Image: Crawford stopped Amir Khan in 2019

Crawford and Spence Jr are regarded as two of the world's top pound-for-pound fighters and a clash between them has, for years, been one of the sport's most anticipated.

Yordenis Ugas holds the only other belt in the division, the WBA title, after he replaced Spence Jr as the next opponent for Pacquiao and pulled off a shock points win.

Crawford teased his rival Spence Jr when he was forced to withdraw from fighting Pacquiao: "Looks like Errol Spence is going to need me after all.

"Don't beat yourself up about it, get well champ."

Terence Crawford
Image: Crawford is unbeaten in 37 and beat Kell Brook last year

The rivals have each won emphatic world title fights on UK soil - Crawford beat Ricky Burns in 2014, and Spence Jr stopped Kell Brook in 2017.

Crawford has since sealed ruthless stoppage wins over Britain's former champions Brook and Amir Khan.

Sky Sports Boxing schedule

November 20 - BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
Florian Marku vs Jorick Luisetto
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez - British light-heavyweight title
Mikael Lawal

November 20 - Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter - WBO welterweight title

December 11 - BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin

December 11 - Top Rank in New York
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
Jared Anderson vs Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico Ali Walsh
Xander Zayas

December 17 - Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne - IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles

February 26 - Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall - undisputed super-lightweight title

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