Terence Crawford has been ordered by the WBO to place his welterweight championship on the road towards Shawn Porter.
The undefeated champion responded on-line with a ‘thumbs up’ so might be set for his in-ring return.
Crawford and Porter have till August 20 to agree phrases to a battle or it’ll go to purse bids, the place completely different promoters can bid for the appropriate to stage the bout.
Crawford is among the many world’s finest pound-for-pound fighters however, till Wednesday evening when the WBO delivered their ruling, he had no battle within the offing.
The three-weight world champion is undefeated in 37 outings – he has defended his WBO belt in stoppage wins over Amir Khan and Kell Brook.
Porter, a former two-time welterweight champion, misplaced an exhilarating back-and-forth battle with Crawford’s nice rival Errol Spence Jr in 2019.
Spence Jr is ready to face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title unification battle subsequent month.
Crawford has been focused by Josh Taylor, who adopted within the American’s footsteps by changing into undisputed super-lightweight champion.
Taylor instructed Sky Sports activities: “I imagine in my very own means. I imagine I’ve fought higher opposition than Crawford has, though Crawford could be very, excellent, he is elite degree.
“However he hasn’t fought one of the best opponents in his division. He is fought good fighters, good opposition, however I imagine I fought on the higher degree. I fought higher fighters on the way in which up.”
Prime Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes each, instructed Sky Sports activities: “We hope early subsequent 12 months we can do a battle that may blow the lid off of every part within the UK.
“That might be Taylor difficult Crawford for the welterweight title.
“It could be primetime within the UK. We might like to do it there within the spring with 60,000 individuals in Scotland.”