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Errol Spence Jr. set to face Leonard Bundu on August 21st in IBF eliminator

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The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for the winner of Kell Brook vs. Jessie Vargas, which takes place on September 3rd.

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With Konstantin Ponomarev out of commission due to a hand injury, the IBF recently ordered his previously-planned foe, Errol Spence Jr., to face veteran Leonard Bundu for a crack at the winner of Kell Brook vs. Jessie Vargas. Despite an abridged negotiation period, the two have reached a deal to fight on August 21st at a location to be determined.

Spence (20-0, 17 KO) has firmly established himself as the welterweight division’s best prospect with seven consecutive stoppage wins. His last bout saw him knock out Chris Algieri in five, a feat that Ruslan Provodnikov, Manny Pacquiao, and Amir Khan all failed to accomplish.

He should be a comfortable favorite over Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KO), who was recently tabbed to defend his EBU title against Paulie Malignaggi before that fell through. The forty-one-year-old Italian has won two get-well fights since being dropped and swept on the cards by Keith Thurman back in 2014.

A bit of a step sideways for Spence, but it’s a mandated step sideways, and stopping someone Thurman couldn’t finish would be a solid feather in his cap.