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The event takes place at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Good news: awesome doubleheader. Bad news: pay-per-view.
Lance Pugmire reports that the long-brewing welterweight unification between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter will take place September 28th at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, while Mike Coppinger adds that David Benavidez will challenge Anthony Dirrell for the WBC super middleweight title in the pay-per-view co-feature.
According to Pugmire, an official announcement could come “by this weekend.”
We’ve known about both fights for a while; Dirrell (33-1-1, 24 KO) vs. Benavidez (21-0, 18 KO) was originally thought to be part of the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz II undercard, but that fight was recently pushed back to November. Spence (25-0, 21 KO) vs. Porter (30-2-1, 17 KO), meanwhile, had been tentatively linked to Barclays Center, which both men have frequently patronized in recent years.
From a matchmaking and entertainment standpoint, this is a terrific pair of fights. Can’t say I agree with locking the card behind a paywall, though, especially since PBC will want as many eyes on Spence as possible while they work on a Terence Crawford unification. Plus, Benavidez has the tools to be a star, so he could use as much exposure as possible.