Welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) has his next fight set, but it won't be against Keith Thurman. Spence will be taking on South Africa's Chris van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on September 11th, according to promoter Yvon Michel. This fight will be broadcast on PBC on Spike TV and will be co-headlined by Adonis Stevenson facing club-level fighter Tommy Karpency.
"I'm excited to get back in the ring in September with another opportunity to fight on the big stage" Spence said. "I've been putting in the work every day and I'm looking forward to a tough challenge. I'm ready for anybody."
In Spence's last performance, he thrashed late substitute Phil Lo Greco within three rounds on NBC during the Broner-Porter card. Chris van Heerden is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak, but hasn't fought anyone of Spence's talent level thus far, which should obviously make him the underdog here. But despite whatever the odds are set at, Yvon Michel views this as a clash between two of the top welterweight talents in the world.
"We are very happy to have Spence versus van Heerden as the televised co-feature on our Sept. 11th event in Toronto. They are two of the most talented welterweights in the world. This matchup has all of the makings of an exciting, explosive, fan-friendly fight."
Should Spence win this fight, and I fully expect him to, it may not be long before he gets his first title shot.