A unification fight between IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KOs) and WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) is in the works for September.
This would be a pay-per-view fight, either on Fox Sports or SHOWTIME, and it could take place in Dallas, Texas, according to Mike Coppinger.
Spence, 29, has recently said that he wants to return to the ring in July, as he desires to fight three times in 2019.
At the same time, a Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman fight is being planned for July 13 or July 20, and it won’t work if there are 2 major pay-per-view events in the same month.
American boxing fans wouldn’t be happy paying for 2 PPV fights in July. As such, Spence might have to sit out of the ring for six months before he can fight again.
Spence defeated four division world champion Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on March 16 on Fox Sports pay-per-view at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The PPV buys for the Spence-Garcia fight are projected to hit 400,000 buys.
Spence vs. Porter might not do as well, as Porter isn’t as popular as Mikey Garcia, and he’s coming off of a controversial 12 round split decision win over Yordenis Ugas last March.
Porter has also been beaten twice during his career in losses to Keith Thurman and Kell Brook.
Porter, 31, defeated his WBC mandatory Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) on March 9 by a 12 round split decision in Carson, California. The judges scored it 116-112, 115-113 for Porter, and 117-111 for Ugas.
If the Spence vs. Porter fight does get made for September, it’ll likely mean there will be two huge mega-fights in the same month. The Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin trilogy fight is expected to take place in September, but it’ll be on non-pay-per-view on DAZN.
The fans overwhelmingly saw Ugas, 32, as the winner of the fight. Porter has made it very clear that he’s satisfied with his win over Ugas, and he’s not going to take his career in reverse by giving him a rematch to clear up the controversy. If Porter loses to Spence, he can always fight Ugas again to try and get in position for a title shot.