Spence vs. Porter Official for Sept. 28
On the day of two welterweight champions — WBA (Super) champ Keith Thurman and WBA (Regular) champ Manny Pacquiao — colliding in Las Vegas, another welterweight title bout has been made official. Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) has officially confirmed the unification bout between IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBC champion Shawn Porter will take place on Sept. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Just Announced! Errol Spence Jr. takes on Shawn Porter at STAPLES Center on September 28. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 22 at 12pm. pic.twitter.com/iuuF12y2K3
— STAPLES Center (@STAPLESCenter) July 20, 2019
Both men are on a mission to unify boxing’s welterweight division, and perhaps there is some hope the winner of these two boxing fights will do battle with one another in the future.
Spence, who debuted in November 2012, won 21 straight fights (all but 3 by KO/TKO) between then and 2016 before knocking out Kell Brook in May 2017 to claim the IBF Welterweight Championship. Spence scored finishes in title defenses against Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo before a highly-anticipated unbeaten vs. unbeaten showdown with multi-division champion Mikey Garcia in March. Spence made it a one-sided beatdown, easily scoring a unanimous decision and handing Garcia his first professional loss.
Porter went unbeaten in 25 fights and defeated Devon Alexander in December 2013 to win the IBF championship. He’d successfully defend it against Paulie Malignaggi before losing it to Brook. Porter would then defeat Erick Bone and Adrien Broner before an unsuccessful bid at Keith Thurman and the WBA Welterweight Title. He’s since won four straight, defeating Danny Garcia for the WBC Welterweight Title in September 2018 before besting Yordenis Ugas in a split decision in March to retain the WBC belt.