As mentioned several times by ringside reporter, Ray Flores, the sport of boxing has never been as exciting. Saturday night, fight fans around the world will be watching one of the most electric division in the sport when Errol Spence Jr. (25-0; 21 KOs) will square up against Shawn Porter (30-2-1; 17 KOs) in a Welterweight unification bout.
In a bout of two fighting styles, this matchup matches two fighting styles: Spence’s technical southpaw vs. Porter’s dogfight mentality. Both fighters have eyes on holding all four belts (WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF) in their career. This fight will give one of them their second belt with Spence currently holding the IBF title and Porter securing the WBC belt (Manny Pacquiao: WBA, Terrence “Bud” Crawford: WBO).
Spence, a large southpaw with KO power has finished 21 of his 25 fights via knock-out with his most recent decision win over Mikey Garcia. Conversely, Shawn Porter won a split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas in March. Both fighters had a relatively similar amount of time off for recovery and training as both fighters last fights were in March. With welterweight implications all over this fight, the only question is who comes out victorious?
Spence is the betting favorite (-850 via Bovada) to Porter’s +525 underdog. But there are several times where the underdog took a shocking victory (i.e. Andy Ruiz Jr.’s recent defeat over Anthony Joshua). At this point you can throw out the betting lines and sit back to watch a great fight between two of the best in the world. This matchup has everything a boxing fan could want. Both fighters are skilled technicians but have knock out power as any champion in this loaded division would. I expect this fight to go the distance and certainly see the judges scoring it a lot closer than the betting lines might forecast.
Catch Errol Spence Jr. v. Shawn Porter Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on FoxSports PPV.
Ryan Sprague will have round-by-round coverage right here on MyMMANews.com.