Although the bumps and bruises along the way were difficult to deal with, the lofty goals of Errol Spence Jr. were finally taking shape.
With three of the four major world titles in his possession at 147 pounds, the powerful southpaw attempted to successfully negotiate a deal that would see him take on current WBO belt holder, Terence Crawford.
By all accounts, Spence, along with the rest of the boxing world, had come to the conclusion that despite their back-and-forth bickering, an undisputed welterweight bout would certainly take place next.
Ultimately, Spence’s assumptions were proven wrong as Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) abandoned the negotiating table. Now, after leaving the unified titlist at the altar, the 35-year-old Crawford will square off against fringe contender, David Avanesyan, on December 10th.
Dumbfounded by the events that have taken place, Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) admits that he’s currently in the process of finalizing the details of his next fight.
The date and venue of Spence’s upcoming defense have yet to be confirmed.
“I don’t know when I’m fighting for real,” said Spence on his social media account. “I was blindsided weeks ago. I’m still trying figure things out.”
Just a few short weeks ago, Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC sanctioning body’s president, ordered the hard-hitting star to make a mandatory title defense against former unified champion, Keith Thurman.
As BoxingScene.com recently reported, the WBA approved an official request, made by TGB Promotions on behalf of Spence, for a voluntary defense against Thurman. According to the sanctioning body, Spence-Thurman is being targeted for the month of February.
The winner of that bout would have to face the victor of another WBA mandated showdown, between “regular” champion Elmantas Stanionis and unbeaten contender Vergil Ortiz.