Fresh off of his 12-round World Welterweight unification win over Shawn Porter Saturday night in L.A., IBF and WBC 147 pound champ, Errol Spence, already knows whom he is fighting next and apparently, when he’s fighting, too.
This according to a report from The Athletic’s boxing insider, Mike Coppinger, who tweeted on Sunday night that Spence will be back in action on January 25th, and once again on Pay-per-view defending both titles against contender Danny Garcia:
Sources: Deal in place for Errol Spence Jr. to defend unified welterweight championship vs. Danny Garcia, pegged for Jan. 25, in a PBC on FOX PPV. Garcia confronted Spence during champ’s in-ring interview with @HeidiAndrol after victory over Shawn Porter last night #SpencePorter
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 29, 2019
Garcia came into the ring shortly after Spence’s split-decision victory over Porter was announced and Fox TV’s Heidi Androl wasted no time in telling the public that Garcia would be Spence’s next fight.
Coppinger further reports that it will be another Fox Pay-per-View for Spence (now 26-0, 21 KOs), which will be the third consecutive time he is fighting on the network and that PBC pay-per-view arm.
Spence also defeated former unbeaten lightweight champion Mikey Garcia on a Fox Pay-per-View last March.
Garcia is 35-2 with 21 KOs, himself and last fought in April, when he defeated Adrian Granados buy 7th round stoppage. Garcia previously lost to Porter by decision last September for the vacant WBC Welterweight Title. He also previously lost to former WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman by decision in March of 2017. That stopped Garcia’s unbeaten record at 33 – 1.
Garcia had previously won the vacant WBC welterweight Championship himself with a 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero in January of 2016.
Back to Spence. Saturday night was the fourth successful defense of his IBF belt, and he now has claimed another major organizations title by garnering the WBC Championship from Porter.
Should Spence be victorious in this fight with Garcia, the next logical huge battle will be with he and 7 Division World Champion, Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao is also now promoted by PBC and he holds the WBA Welterweight World Title at the moment.
The announcement that Spence will defend against Garcia in January means that he is likely to fight Pacquiao at some point in the summer of 2020. This further means that the potential Errol Spence possible title showdown with unbeaten WBO champ, Terence Crawford, likely will not happen in 2020.
Crawford is promoted by Top Rank Boxing, a rival of PBC. And, Premier Boxing Champions has shown no desire to have one of their Welterweight title fighters go against Crawford.