Image Credit: Ryan Hafey- Premier Boxing Champions
The welterweight division in boxing is the most competitive, and arguably the best, in the sport.
Tonight’s battle between the legend, Many Pacquiao, and Keith “One Time” Thurman, is one of the fights that highlights the division’s dominance and excitement. Another is the highly anticipated match between IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBC champion, Shawn Porter, which was announced earlier today.
Scheduled for Saturday September 28th at the Staples Center in LA, this will be another exciting battle between two fighters that bring it every time, and a battle for welterweight bragging rights.
“It’s going to be a very exciting fight,” said Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) in the press release. “Shawn is never in a boring fight and I always entertain. It will be a ‘Fight of the Year’ type fight because our styles mesh. Shawn Porter is a guy who tries to rough you up. That’s what he’s always done. With Yordenis Ugas he tried to box and he said he didn’t like that style. He said he is going back to his original style. If he brings that style to me, it’s going to be a great fight because I’m going to bring it right back to him.”
“There haven’t been too many fights as a professional that I’ve been this excited about,” said Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) . “I was really excited about the Danny Garcia fight and I’m really excited about this one. Ever since Spence got a belt, I really circled this fight on my calendar. Preparation is the key. I think I have everything it takes to beat Errol Spence. I’m very confident and my team is confident in what I have to do on September 28. We’ll be ready.”
Both Spence and Porter are tough, hard hitting fighters, neither of whom will back down or shy away from close combat. This will be a slug fest, one that should lead to a packed crowd for the Staples Center.
The other fight of the night, which will be the co-feature of the evening, will pit WBC Super Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell against unbeaten former champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez in what looks to be another hard hitting, 168-pound battle.
It all goes down on Saturday, September 28th, on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View.