One of the best pound for pound boxers of the last decade will enter the ring for the first time in almost a year this week as Terence Crawford defends his WBO welterweight title against Kell Brook. Crawford (36-0 with 27 knockouts) hasn’t seen any of his last seven fights go to the cards. He is a three-division champion that is now dominating the welterweight class after formerly holding titles at lightweight and light welterweight. Brook (39-2 with 27 knockouts) is a former IBF welterweight champion, but he is a significant underdog per the boxing betting odds. The undercard for this fight will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus with the title fight starting at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.
When: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Where: The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Why: World Boxing Organization World Welterweight Title
Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook Betting Odds
Kell Brook +828
Terence Crawford -1550
Unsurprisingly, Crawford is a big favorite to defend his strap in Sin City. At these boxing betting odds, a bettor would have to wager $1550 on Crawford to win $100. That means a $100 wager on Brook can return some serious coin if the pulls off the upset.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook Preview
Crawford won his first major title six-and-a-half years ago. He was 22-0 coming into his WBO lightweight title fight with Ricky Burns, and he won a unanimous decision to claim the strap. That victory was followed by two relatively easy title defenses against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ray Beltran before he made the move to light welterweight.
We saw Crawford easily dispatch of Thomas Dulorme to win the WBO light welterweight belt. He successfully defended that title twice before facing Viktor Postol with the WBC and The Ring light welterweight straps on the line in July 2016. Crawford won a unanimous decision there and defended those three belts twice before fully unifying the division with a third-round knockout of Julius Indongo.
That victory led to Crawford going up another division to welterweight. He won the WBO welterweight title against Jeff Horn on June 2018, and he has successfully defended that title in his last three fights. This will be Crawford’s first fight in Las Vegas in more than four years.
Brook began his career more than 16 years ago, and that’s why he has 41 fights under his belt at the age of 34. He ran his record to 32-0 before receiving his first major title fight, a bout with Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight belt. Brook won that bought by majority decision, and he defended the title three straight times with knockouts of opponents within the first six rounds.
Those victories led to a big payday as he moved up to middleweight to face Gennady Golovkin. Brook lost by fifth-round TKO, and then he lost his welterweight title almost a year later against Errol Spence Jr. He has responded with three straight victories though, so he might have more of a chance than the oddsmakers are giving him at this price.
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