Welterweight contender and ESPN.com’s prospect of the year, Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) is in negotiations to fight former junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) on April 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
It will be the return of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) program on prime time, airing on NBC. This will also be their first NBC card of 2016 since having a layoff in December.
Errol Spence, 26, has been on a roll of victories since participating in the 2012 London Olympic games with team USA. Featured multiple times now on the PBC, he has drawn a fan base towards him where fans definitely want to see him continue to face tougher opponents. With his display of always improving boxing skills and considerable knockout power, going against Algieri is his toughest opponent to date to prove his worthiness in the welterweight division. Being praised by the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Spence knows he’s capable of becoming a star fighter and is out to prove it.
For the former WBO junior welterweight titlist Algieri, the 31 year-old now fighting in the welterweight division has had string of wins and losses in recent bouts. Since pulling off an upset to obtain the WBO junior welterweight championship title from Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov back in June of 2014, Algieri has had the desire to fight the big names. Notably in the welterweight division, where he vacated the belt to face boxing’s biggest superstar Manny Pacquiao later in November of 2014. What appeared to be a lopsided fight, Algieri was knocked down six times from the pound for pound fighter and eventually lost by unanimous decision.
The momentum of fighting the big names continued as Algieri faced Amir Khan last May, headlining the PBC card. It was a tough fight for both men that night but Algieri wasn’t able to get the victory. Putting him in a tough spot after back-to-back losses, Algieri did get a break when he got his victory over Erick Bone in the Peter Quillin – Daniel Jacobs undercard on Showtime back in December.
Now Algieri and Errol Spence will meet in a fight that could put them in a position to fight for a world title. According to multiple sources, the winner of this fight may be the challenger against current IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. With Algieri fighting as the hometown favorite, it’ll still be a difficult night pulling of the victory against Spence, the IBF #2 contender, who by many see him dominating the fight. Household names, this night of boxing in New York will bring good ratings for the PBC.