Current IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KOs) has been calling for a big name fight for years now. His 2017 matchup with Kell Brook, failed to give him the sort of name he was looking for.
More recently, Spence entered the ring in March of 2019 against Mikey Garcia. Again, it seemed like the right name opponent, but the contest was one that he breezed through.
On September 28, 2019, Spence will get the challenge he has been looking for. Fellow champion, Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) who holds the WBC title, will meet Spence in a unification clash at the Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles California.
The bout will headline a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View fight card and will featured a high-stakes Super Middleweight clash between WBC titleholder Anthony Dirrell and David Benavidez.
The winner of this contest will have a legitimate argument as to who is the clubhouse leader in the division. For Porter, he knows that he enters this contest as an underdog.
He also knows that he has failed on several occasions in terms of his two biggest fights against Keith Thurman and Kell Brook. Porter has reassured anyone that will listen that he has grown from his mistakes and is looking to come home with the biggest win of his career.
“I’m really looking forward to becoming a unified world champion,” said Porter during the press conference announcing the fight on Saturday, July 20, 2019. “When I fought Keith back in 2016, I really thought that I was going to win that fight. Unfortunately, I came up short. Since that time I have grown as a fighter. I will not come up short on September 28.”
The confidence of Porter was evident, but it had no effect on the demeanor of Spence as he made it clear that he would be ready no matter what.
“Shawn is a real fighter, so I know this is going to be a really tough fight,” said Spence. “It’s not going to be easy at all but I know that I’m going to win this fight. Whatever he decides to bring to the table, whether it’s boxing or brawling I’ll be ready.”