According to Lance Pogmire @pogboxing Errol Spence Jr. vs Shawn Porter Live Welterweight integration will be announced this weekend, September 29th. IBF 147-pound champion Spence (25-0, 21 KO) will face WBC welterweight champion Porter (30-2-1, 17 KO) at Fox Sports’ pay-per-view at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Spence-Porter was originally supposed to be on Fox August 3, but Spence wanted to fight Space-View-Per-View, so it moved to Fox PPV on September 20th, according to @MikePinkinger. It is clearly difficult for Spain to return to regular broadcast TV battles, having tasted a lot of money in its parish per-performance fight against Mike Garcia last March. Spence may find it difficult to find that some fights were not made to pay per view.
Looking back at Errol Spence Jr.’s latest fight against Mirkie Garcia, it is almost embarrassing that many bookmakers determined both fighters to win in this fight, at 1.6.1. Garcia is fortunate to see the final bell, as he advances to win all but one round, as the Spence Masterclass moves to one side.
It was the latest comfortable ride in a comfortable outing career for the unbeaten American, who is still in serious trouble in any of his 25 fights.
Among the world-class fighters who have no answer for Spain’s mix of power, precision and agility are Chris Olgiri (5th round KO), Kell Brook (eleventh round KO), and Lamont Peterson (retired before the seventh round).
In his fourth defense of the IBF World Title, Spence will face his biggest challenge against WBC holder Shawn Porter. Spence is not only fast and strong, but also extremely durable with iron-clad defense and a top-class ring IQ. Reaching his height and advantage even more than Porter.
Shaun Porter is certainly not a warrior to refrain from fighting the best and for the most part the American has risen to the top.
The start of Porter’s 20-fight win of his career was interrupted by a split decision against Julio Diaz, whom he defeated in a rematch to win the IBF World title. It started fighting against top-level opponents.
Former champions Devon Alexander and Paulie Malinaggi were both defeated, with Porter losing a majority decision to Kell Brook in recent years before losing first in his biggest welterweight race of all time.
Porter returned to victory by defeating Eric Boone and Adrien Broner, only to lose the unanimous point of Keith Thurman and taste the defeat again. Since then, Porter has lost Andre Barto, Adrian Granados to the vacant WBC title, Danny Garcia and Eordenis Ugas.
The reason I highlight Porter’s CV is to show how he has played against elite level fighters. His two defeats were against the best fighters he had: a Prime Brooke and a Pre-Injury Thurman.
The Spaniards, however, are on another level entirely to those fighters, and Porter will likely have to find a once-in-a-lifetime performance to leave Staples Center with the belts.
Spence, who is quite ashamed, was little more than a campaigner for the fight. Spain looked sleepy most of the time, as Mikey did all the heavy lifting with his interviews. In the weeks leading up to the fight, Mikey took the fight to another level. Spence can arguably go on a ride. For the Spence-Porter campaign, there will be no one who can generate interest in that fight. It would be a very cool boy to say nice things about each other. This is going to be pure poison when the fight is sold out.
Porter came out of a career-worst performance against Yardenis Ugas last March in Carson, California. The 31-year-old Porter won the fight through a 12-point split decision, but fans did not agree with the outcome of the fight. They saw Ugus win. Boxing News 24 scored 117-111 in favor of the Uggs. To the judges it was 116-112, 115-113 for Porter and 117-111 for Ugus. The results of the fight were so controversial that it was hard to get excited about Spence fighting Porter, as he encountered a man who was beaten at the hands of Ugus. The worst part about it is that Porter looked like a shot fighter in that fight.