Mike Coppinger reports that Errol Spence Jr.’s mandatory WBC/IBF title defense against Danny Garcia is “tentatively set for November,” though it depends on the feasibility of having a live audience at that point. The fight will be Spence’s first since totaling his Ferrari in October.
As Coppinger himself noted in May, the event will be a FOX pay-per-view.
Spence (26-0, 21 KO) will be making the fifth defense of the IBF title he took from Kell Brook in 2017 and the first of the WBC belt he scraped past Shawn Porter to obtain last September. Garcia (36-2, 21 KO) briefly held the WBC title before losing it to Keith Thurman and subsequently failing to recapture it against Porter; “Swift” has since demolished Adrian Granados and Ivan Redkach to claim mandatory status.
As mentioned before, it’s a remarkably ballsy move by Spence to immediately face Garcia rather than attempt a tune-up; Garcia’s aforementioned losses don’t change the fact that he’s a skilled, powerful, and profoundly dangerous welterweight even under the best of circumstances. Spence beating him on the heels of such a disaster would be a monumental accomplishment.
Now we wait to see if this country can even begin to get its shit together within the next four months to let this happen.