Fightful Boxing Newsletter (9/26/19) Table Of Contents:

  1. Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter Preview (Page 1)
  2. Worldwide Results (Page 2)
  3. Fightful Boxing Rankings (Pages 3-4)
  4. News And Notes From The World Of Boxing (Page 5)
  5. October Preview (Page 6)

Errol Spence vs. Shawn Porter Preview:

PBC’s next pay-per-view, a welterweight title unification between titleholders Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter on September 28, will answer several questions that go beyond the winner of the main event.

There’s plenty of intrigue in the main event alone, but the real intrigue for those interested in the boxing industry at large is how well it will do on pay-per-view with the full marketing power of FOX, who have done everything possible to ensure this fight ends up as a success.

For some, this event may have the best overall show, but without any truly mainstream fighters competing, the success, or failure, will depend on how well the marketing worked.

FOX has worked tirelessly to try and put awareness of the fight out into the masses. Without the help from FOX, this pay-per-view could likely land somewhere around the low 200,000s in terms of buyrate, but now we’re looking at around at something closer to 300,000 buys. With so much uncertainty over the drawing power for both men, industry leaders have this fight getting as low as 200,000 buys and as high as 400,000 buys, though given everything at play, the range is more likely to be somewhere between 275,000-325,000 buys.

In some regards, the pay-per-view’s success could be a precursor to how WWE’s impending move to FOX will perform. WWE’s SmackDown show is coming to FOX on October 4 and has been getting heavy promotion largely due to its presence during football broadcasts. Knowing how well this pay-per-view does thanks to FOX won’t just give people more insight as to how well WWE could perform, but also how well future PBC events go.

The idea that Spence is now a superstar because of how relatively well his first fight on pay-per-view main event did against Mikey Garcia did (at least 300,000 buys) and the fight against Porter being his second straight on this type of platform does deserve some merit. Yet, there is still so much about Spence that isn’t known.

Can he truly carry the sport as a reliable pay-per-view draw even with big matchups against the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman and Terence Crawford? Does he know how to truly turn casual fans into hardcore fans just by watching his biggest fights? Is he truly the best welterweight in the world?

As for the fight itself, this is an interesting bout that at first, seems to be a fairly easy win for Spence, but in reality, it actually is a much closer bout than oddsmakers have it. Spence has never been truly tested throughout his title run. With wins against Kell Brook after losing to Gennadiy Golovkin, Lamont Peterson, Carlos Ocampo and Mikey Garcia moving up two weight classes to fight Spence in March. Porter is really the toughest fight of Spence's career.

Even with Spence's somewhat lackluster performance against Yordenis Ugas, Porter does present some problems for Spence and really for any boxer out in the welterweight division. Porter is a cagey fighter, looking to roughhouse with his opponent and make the fight extremely uncomfortable, even to the point where some people call him a dirty fighter. Maybe by today's standards Porter might be a dirty fighter, but he's not dirty to the point where he is hitting low blows two or three times in his fights.

Many expect Spence to win by stoppage, but don't be surprised if the fight goes the distance. Spence is likely going to win, but this fight alone won't determine the best 147-pound in the world. Not until we see the winner take on Crawford and Pacquiao.

Below is the full card with the top four fights being available to watch on FOX pay-per-view:

  • Errol Spence Jr. (IBF) vs. Shawn Porter (WBC): Unified IBF and WBC welterweight titles
  • Anthony Dirrell (c) vs. David Benavidez: WBC super middleweight title
  • Mario Barrios vs. Batyr Akhmedov: Vacant WBA “Regular” junior welterweight title
  • Josesito Lopez vs. John Molina Jr.
  • Robert Guerrero vs. Jerry Thomas
  • Joey Spencer vs. Travis Gambardella
  • Misael Rodriguez vs. Brandon Maddox
  • Lindolfo Delgado vs. Jesus Zazueta
  • Anaya Fabian Maidana vs. Ramses Agaton
  • Burley Brooks vs. Fabian Valdez
  • Amon Rashidi vs. Alfonso Olvera
  • Fernando Garcia vs. Juan Antonio Lopez
  • Leon Lawson III vs. Alan Zavala
  • Justin Cardona vs. Archie Weah
  • Jose Valenzuela vs. Charles Clark

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