According to Mike Coppinger, the anticipated welterweight unification match between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter is “likely to take place” August 3rd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, headlining a PBC on FOX card.
The fight would unify Spence’s (25-0, 21 KO) IBF title with Porter’s (30-2-1, 17 KO) WBC belt.
The two champions have very different sorts of momentum at the moment. Spence’s stock is higher than ever after his dismantling of Mikey Garcia, which snapped the Olympian’s 11-fight knockout streak but was no less impressive because of that fact. Porter, meanwhile, barely scraped past Yordenis Ugas last March in the first defense of the title he won against Danny Garcia.
Still, these are two of the top five fighters at their weight going at it on free TV, which is something the boxing world desperately needs more of. It’s almost certainly going to be plenty entertaining, too, as Spence is pure excitement and Porter’s always good for a scrap.
The powers-that-be may be playing “the floor is lava” with the Spence-Crawford matchup we all want, but this and Keith Thurman-Manny Pacquiao on July 20th should make for a fun summer.