WBO Champion Terrence Crawford is set to take on mandatory challenger Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, later on, to end of the year. The undefeated Crawford had been campaigning on other networks and platforms for months to take on Errol Spence. Spence is set to take on Shawn Porter in a unification bout at the end of the month.
In an interview with Boxingscene, Crawford advised them that talks to iron out details are currently underway for the matchup to take place on December 14th.
“Hopefully,” Crawford said in an interview to BoxingScene.com on Friday at MGM Grand. “We still haven’t had a sit-down to talk about the numbers or anything. We’ve got a date locked down. That’s the start of it, so I just had a meeting with Top Rank and ESPN. Hopefully, we can get that locked down and get everything in order for the fight that’ll happen December 14th.”
— Below the Belt with Brendan Schaub (@btbshowtime) September 12, 2019
The date of December 14th is of significance as reported initially that the Crawford-Kavaliauskas match would take place alongside the IBF title bout between Richard Commey and Teofemo Lopez. Crawford’s expected to main event this card against Kavaliauskas at Madison Square Garden the same night Premier Boxing Champions is slated to have their card in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
Despite Kavaliauskas in his last contest being a majority draw in Philadephia to Ray Robinson back in March, Crawford feels that he isn’t an easy challenge.
“Listen, this guy is not a walk in the park,” Crawford said to Boxingscene. “He’s strong. He’s undefeated. He’s got a deep amateur background, going to the Olympics I think twice. They look at him and say [about me], ‘He’s not fighting nobody because of who he is.’ But l’m like, ‘This dude can fight, no matter what you say. He’s my No. 1 contender for a reason.’ Me, as a fighter, I have never overlooked ‘em or take ‘em lightly or discredit him for getting to where he got to at this point.”
We’ll await the final details, but the date of December 14th for Crawford is the Saturday it should air on ESPN after the yearly Heisman Trophy Award Ceremony in college football is awarded.