On Saturday, September 28th, IBF Welterweight Champ Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (25-0, 21KOs) will clash with WBC Welterweight Champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter (30-2-1, 17KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This should be a blockbuster fight. It could be a fight of the year candidate given the rough and gritty style of Porter, while Spence never shies away from a physical fight. The winner of this fight will unify the IBF and WBC welterweight titles and put himself in line to potentially fight Terence “T-Bud” Crawford, the reigning WBO welterweight titleholder (35-0, 26KOs) next.
Errol Spence Jr. is coming off a dominant win over previously undefeated Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30KOs). Garcia came up two weight classes to challenge Spence and was simply outclassed. Spence showed he was more than a big puncher, controlling the range the entire fight and showing a completely different side of his game. Against Porter, I’d imagine he’d rely more on his big punching, physical style. Porter isn’t a lightweight like Garcia. He’s got size and is a bonafide welterweight. Porter is a junkyard dog, that likes to fight inside and get dirty. It’s the perfect clash of styles that make fight fans think this will be a classic fight.
Shawn Porter is coming off a win against Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas (24-4, 11KOs), in which he just edged him out for the victory. Porter tried to change his style for the fight and he didn’t look very good doing it. He tried to box a boxer instead of his normal rough and physical style. Most people would assume he goes back to his original gritty style for this fight. He was lucky to get the decision against Ugas, who I personally had winning that fight. But, life goes on and here we are. We get, what could be a very action packed fight.
Keys to Victory for Shawn Porter:
- Turn it into a dirty brawl. Headbutts, elbows, borderline belt shots. Try to cut him. Anything to get into Spence’s head. Most people would agree that Spence is the more complete boxer, and that he has the better skillset. Porter is gritty and he’s good at getting physical and dirty with his opponents. If the referee doesn’t take control of the fight early, Porter could frustrate Spence and possibly get in his head.
- Go to the body consistently. Porter has mentioned leading up to the fight, that Spence has never faced someone who went to his body consistently throughout a fight. Shawn will need to be smart when he does this, making sure not to throw caution to the wind when going inside and trying to rip shots at the body. If Porter can get inside and hit the body consistently, it could be a game changer.
- Slip the jab, fight inside. For Porter to legitimately have a chance of winning, he will need to “fight in a phone booth” all night. He will need to slip the jab and intelligently charge in. He has to keep his hands up, use feints, and a lot of upper body and head movement to avoid counters. If he can avoid too much punishment, this fight could go the distance and in dirty brawl type of fights, you get a wide variety of scorecards.
Keys to Victory for Errol Spence Jr.:
- Counter-Punching. We know Porter is going to come inside. We know he’s going to go for the body. Porter is 5’7 and has opened himself up for counters in the past, particularly against Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24KOs), and Keith Thurman (29-1, 22KOs). I will be looking for that check hook he is prone to eating when he comes inside careless. I’ll also be looking for the uppercut. Spence lands either of those punches consistently and he may end this fight quicker than expected.
- Rip to the body. Similar set of circumstances here. Porter has never really had anyone go to his body consistently in a fight. Spence is known as a big time body puncher. Could he disrupt any rhythm that Porter can muster with a consistent body attack? Will be interesting to see.
- Fight fire with fire. We know there’s a good chance that Porter will try to cut Spence and frustrate him with dirty tactics. If he chooses to do that, keep him honest. Land some of your own elbows, maybe a good low blow that’s well placed and doesn’t look blatant. I’m not one to advocate for dirty fighting, but if the referee lets them really bang it out and loses control of fight, you gotta do what you gotta do.
This should be an all out war. I expect both guys to go out guns blazing, but perhaps feeling each other out early. I can see Porter trying to force the action early, because he won’t outbox Spence and he has to make it a real fight. He needs to get in Spence’s head, if that’s possible. Porter has been talking a big game leading up to the fight about how he will expose Spence and how he’s going to knock him out, etc etc. I always say, talk is cheap. Let your hands do the talking, and go to war. I don’t expect a super technical fight. It’s not to say it can’t happen. Spence has shown that he can box really well, but the way both men have been talking leading up to the fight, I expect them to go to war and throw bombs with bad intentions all night. My prediction: Spence by late TKO
The fight will be televised on FOX PPV. The ringwalk for the main event is estimated to be around 11:00PM ET. The main card begins at 9:00PM ET. And it is STACKED. Other fights on the PPV are as follows:
- WBC Champ Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1, 24KOs) vs David Benavidez (21-0, 18KOs) Super Middleweight
- Mario Barrios (24-0, 16KOs) vs Batyr Akhmedov (7-0, 6KOs) for the Vacant WBA (Regular) Super Lightweight title
- Josesito Lopez (36-8, 19KOs) vs John Molina Jr. (30-8 24KOs) Welterweight