The welterweight division is one of the best and deepest divisions in the sport of boxing. So many great fights can be made at 147, which we saw last month when Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman to capture the WBA welterweight title.
In September, we are going to see another great fight at 147 when IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence battles WBC 147-pound champion, Shawn Porter, in a unification fight, on September 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The undefeated Spence(28-0, 21 KOs) has been angling for a unification fight for a long time, and now he has his chance to prove that he truly the best at 147.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for,” Spence said at a press conference to promote the fight in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I had to be on the sidelines and watch Shawn fight Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, but now I’m in that group. I have the opportunity to fight these top guys and make my name known.”
If he wins, Spence wants the big money fight against Pacquiao.
“My whole thing is that I’m looking for the stoppage,” Spence said. “I want to make a statement that I’m clearing out the division. I want Manny Pacquiao and all of the top names in this division.”
At this point, there is no doubt that Spence is the favorite, but you can’t underestimate Porter(30-2-1, 17 KOs), who is a tough night for any fighter.
“People don’t understand the level that Errol and I are on. He’s expecting the same thing I’m expecting.,” Porter said. “We’re both training to go 12 hard rounds and outclass each other. It’s all about that one moment, and I know I have what it takes to make that moment all mine. I’m looking forward to it.
“It was only a matter of time until this fight happened. I’ve been patient my entire career and never rushed anything. For me, this fight is happening on time. He’s amongst the elite of this division now and will be after September 28 no matter what.”
Just like Spence, the goal for Porter is to fight Pacquiao, which he hopes to do after this fight.
“When I beat Errol Spence Jr., it doesn’t mean he’s going away,” Porter said. “He’s still elite. But I’m going to take care of him September 28 and go after Manny Pacquiao. That’s the plan.”
It is almost an unofficial tournament going on right now at 147. Pacquiao handled his business against Thurman, and now, we will see if Spence or Porter will advance to fight Pacquiao.
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