PBC on FOX (TV: Prelims FS1, Main Card FOX PPV)
Saturday, September 28th 7:30 PM ET Staples Center (Los Angeles, California)
WBC Super Middleweight Title Fight: David Benavidez (21-0) vs. Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1)
Fight odds: David Benavidez -1000 Anthony Dirrell +600
IBF/WBC Welterweight Title Fight: Errol Spence Jr. (25-0) vs. Shawn Porter (30-2-1)
Fight odds: Errol Spence Jr. -850 Shawn Porter +525
Fanduel Boxing Pick Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter
Staples Center will host a big fight card for boxing fans with some exciting matchups. There will be titles on the line and blood shed on this night of fights. Errol Spence Jr. will continue his reign over the welterweight division when he takes on Shawn Porter. David Benavidez will look to establish himself as a force at super middleweight and step out from his brother’s shadow. This is a strong card and worth tuning in for. While there are some big fights, the fact that it is a pay per view card could hurt the viewership for the fights as many fans won’t purchase the event which comes with a hefty price tag of $75.00. Fox should’ve made this a free card to increase the exposure for Spence Jr. and Benavidez.
In the Co-Main Event David Benavidez will challenge Anthony Dirrell for Dirrell’s WBC Super Middleweight Title. Benavidez is 22, 6’2 and 168 lbs with a 77 inch reach. Dirrell is 34, 6’2 and 168 lbs with a 74.5 inch reach. Dirrell is a fighter with a lot of experience and will be coming into this fight as the underdog. Benavidez is the younger brother of Jose Benavidez and comes from a fighting family, being trained by his father. Anthony Dirrell is the younger brother of Andre Dirrell and both brothers fight with a lot of heart. With proud older brothers watching in the crowd, this is a matchup that is bound to be an exciting fight.
Dirrell can both box and brawl and will need to use all of his skills to remain competitive against Benavidez. Dirrell is good at using his jab and side stepping to avoid counters. Dirrell’s footwork will need to be flawless to stay out of range from Benavidez’s long reach. Benavidez is an accurate puncher that uses distance well and has great power. Being taller than most opponents, Benavidez punches down to the top of the head of his opponents giving him the ability to destroy his opponents’ equilibriums.
The accuracy of Benavidez and the head movement he utilizes on defense should make it a difficult and painful night for Dirrell. Dirrell may have great heart and decent boxing skills, but the physical advantages and deadly combination punching of Benavidez should help him get the victory. Dirrell doesn’t have the power to keep Benavidez at bay and he should be able to steamroll a quality opponent. This fight should be full of action and Benavidez’s ability to control the distance and land accurate and powerful punches should be the difference in this fight.
Errol Spence Jr., the IBF champion will look to unify the IBF and WBC Welterweight Titles against Shawn Porter, the WBC champion. Spence is 29, 5’10 and 147 lbs with a 72 inch reach. Porter is 31, 5’7 and 147 lbs with a 69.5 inch reach. Spence might be the best welterweight in the world because of his combination of fundamentals, power and physical advantages that make him the favorite in most matchups. The challenger, Porter has some good wins but is a class below Spence in terms of boxing skills.
Porter’s main tactic will be to put his head down and make it a dirty fight. Porter is not known for being the prettiest fighter to watch. Porter is a hard worker that has made the most out of his smaller frame. He will need to push the pace to keep the pressure on Spence and use his physical strength and high work rate to make Spence uncomfortable. Spence has a great jab and boxing instincts that allow him to either control the fight from a distance or get his own punches in from close range. Spence can fight all different styles and never looks unprepared during a fight. The winner of this fight will be the boxer who controls the distance and gets his own shots off.
Porter has gotten to this point because he is able to get on the inside and use his forward pressure to wear on opponents. Spence will need to be aware of this and can’t have any lapses in focus. Spence will need to work the body of Porter, as his head can be hard to hit with his leaning pressure. Porter will have to withstand Spence’s powerful punches on the inside in order to land shots of his own. Porter’s chin should be tested, but his unorthodox style and physical strength gives him a chance to be durable and competitive throughout the fight against a big puncher like Spence.
Fanduel Boxing Pick Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter
Porter has not lost since 2016, a unanimous decision loss to Keith Thurman. Porter has improved and went on to most recently beat Danny Garcia and Yordenis Ugas by decision. Garcia is the biggest name that Porter has beaten. Porter got the decision over Garcia in part due to his forward pressure and ability to frustrate his opponent. Spence can counter this tactic by changing angles and catching Porter on the way in so he runs into Spence’s punches. Spence is undefeated and has yet to be tested in the ring. Spence is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mikey Garcia. Garcia was overmatched after moving up two weight divisions to face Spence. While most expected a knockout, Spence showed great ring generalship and boxing fundamentals to win each round and punish Garcia with combinations.
Spence has great power, with 21 of his 25 wins coming by knockout. Porter is difficult to hit cleanly and has a good chin, so this fight could last the full 12 Rounds, but Spence should still get the decision because of his superior boxing ability and athleticism. The dream welterweight matchup would be Errol Spence Jr. against Terence Crawford. Hopefully, that can happen as they are regarded as the two best boxers in the welterweight division. Spence is a special fighter and will need to show his class against Porter, a tricky opponent to further cement himself as a pound for pound great in the sport.