Errol Spence Jr. to fight Chris Algieri next on April 16
By Joseph Correa
Errol Spence Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) will make his return to the ring on April 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The opponent will be Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs), according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. The fight will broadcast on NBC as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series. The fight will be the main event on a card which will also feature Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs) of Poland, making his first title defense against former two-time champion Steve Cunningham (28-7-1, 13 Kos) of Philadelphia
The winner of the Spence-Algieri bout will become the IBF mandatory challenger to current champion Kell Brook. This is a big opportunity for both men as they are at different points in their career but both eager to get an opportunity to fight for the title.
For Spence, this is big because a win moves him into position to prove himself once and for all. There has been a lot of talk about his potential and of him being the next big thing in the welterweight division. Spence has dominated almost everyone he has stepped into the ring with using excellent boxing skills and effective power to stop his last three opponents (Phil Lo Greco, Chris Van Heerden and Alejandro Barrera). Algieri is a tough opponent who has a pretty good resume and has been here before. Algieri will undoubtedly be the best opponent Spence has faced thus far in his career.
Algieri showed a lot of improvements this past May when he fought Amir Khan and early on had Khan backing up in the fight. He lost the fight but it was close and he made a good showing. He followed up that performance with a decision win over Erick Bone where he showed continued improvement. Algieri is a tough competitor who will come to fight and be in shape to go the distance. Algieri's Achilles heel is his lack of punching power and it will be interesting to see what he and his trainer John David Jackson come up with in terms of a fight plan to overcome the younger, stronger and more talented fighter in Spence.
This fight card, when finalized will make for one of the better lineups so far this year and being on NBC should help with exposure for the fighter's and the PBC.