Battle for Spence. Unbeaten contenders argue for the “right of the first night”


After it became known that this year there will definitely not be a superfight for the absolute welterweight championship between the Americans Errol Spence and Terence Crawford, and they will hold their next fights against other rivals, the mandatory contenders for Spence’s titles became more active.

After all, if Crawford, who owns the WBO belt, has already decided on an opponent and will box against David Avanesyan on December 10, then Errol, who owns titles in three versions at once, is not so simple.

For example, the owner of the secondary WBA World belt Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs) and the first number of the IBF rating Jaron Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs) have already declared their rights to fight with him.

“I have the first priority to fight Spence,” Stanyonis says. “If he doesn’t fight, he will lose his WBA Super title and I will be the only champion.”

“Look how long Spence hasn’t made a mandatory title defense. We have already sent a request to the IBF,” said Derek Ennis, Jaron’s father.

At the same time, there is also ex-champion Keith Thurman, who is in first position with the WBC.

However, it is possible that Spence will get rid of the headache by simply giving up all the titles he owns and moving on to a higher weight.