PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS SERIES SEPT. 11 IN TORONTO

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS SERIES SEPT. 11 IN TORONTO

2012 U.S. OLYMPIAN ERROL SPENCE TAKES ON CHRIS VAN HEERDEN IN SPIKE TV CO-FEATURE

STEVENSON vs. KARPENCY HEADLINES IN WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLEFIGHT

PRESENTED BY GYM, GLB, LENNOX LEWIS AND MLSE

TORONTO (August 7, 2015) — Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), in association with Global Legacy Boxing (GLB) and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), officially announced today that 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence will take on South African welterweight Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden in the 10-round televised co-feature, airing September 11 live on Spike TV in the United States, as well as Indigo and Bell TV in Canada, from Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

The Sept. 11 event, part of the prestigious Premier Boxing Champions series, WILL BE headlined by the world light heavyweight title fight between defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and challenger Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency.

Stevenson (26-1-0, 21 KOs), fighting out of Montreal, will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC),The Ring magazine and lineal light heavyweight (175 pounds) world championship belts for the sixth time, against world-rated challenger Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs), the American southpaw from Adah, Pennsylvania, who is coming off a major upset this past October 4, 2014, when he defeated former light heavyweight lineal champion Chad Dawson by way of a split decision.

The 25-year-old Spence (17-0, 14 KOs), fighting out of Desota, Texas, was a highly decorated U.S. amateur boxer. The dangerous southpaw is a rising star who is being billed as the future of the welterweight division after Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. retires. In his last fight, Spence stopped veteran Phil LoGreco in the third round.

Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs), 28, is also a southpaw. During his outstanding career, he has registered victories against the likes of Sebastian Lujan, Cosme Rivera, Matthew Hatton, Ray Narh, Cecil McCalla and Ramon Avila.

“We are very happy to have Spence versus Van Heerden as the televised co-feature on our September 11th event in Toronto,” GYM president Yvon Michel said. “They are two of the most talented welterweights in the world. This match-up has all of the makings of an exciting, explosive, fan-friendly fight. We’re thrilled that boxing fans in the U.S. and Canada will be able to watch this fight, as well as ‘Superman’ Stevenson against Karpency, on national television.”

Also part of this promotion is former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Lennox Lewis, conqueror of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Vitali Klitschko among the more notables during his distinguished boxing career.

A total of eight bouts will be scheduled during the event, showcasing young talents from Ontario and Quebec.

Tickets went on sale and are available to purchase at www.ticketmaster.com at GYM (514) 383-0666, GLB (416) 678-6957 or Ricoh Coliseum (416) 263-3900. Ticket prices start at 40 $. Tables are also available by contacting GLB.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Wow! E-Spence has been a pro for three years now and has not fought a top 10 opponent. What's going in Desota, Texas? E-Spence needs a challenge. And to stay clear of "One-Time" Thurman. Thurman beats him easy as of now. Holla!


-Denise Alvarez :

All this hype about prospect Errol Spence, Jr., he hasn't even went the distance in any of his bouts or held a regional title. He needs to fight and keep winning and work his way to a title. Spence can't be moved to the front of the line because Floyd says so. A good matchup for Spence would be Sadam Ali or even Brandon Rios, both will give him a good fight and their names are known on Spence's list of unknowns.


-Radam G :

All this hype about prospect Errol Spence, Jr., he hasn't even went the distance in any of his bouts or held a regional title. He needs to fight and keep winning and work his way to a title. Spence can't be moved to the front of the line because Floyd says so. A good matchup for Spence would be Sadam Ali or even Brandon Rios, both will give him a good fight and their names are known on Spence's list of unknowns.
I agree. Good matching. Holla!


-oubobcat :

Wow! E-Spence has been a pro for three years now and has not fought a top 10 opponent. What's going in Desota, Texas? E-Spence needs a challenge. And to stay clear of "One-Time" Thurman. Thurman beats him easy as of now. Holla!
I like Spence but I also think there are questions despite the eye popping talent. And I also think that's why he hasn't been moved in with a top 10 opponent as of yet. The biggest question is his chin. He was on a fast track earlier in his career and stepped up relatively quick against Emmanuel Lartey. Spence fought well early but did get rocked late in the fight by Lartey. Spence was no doubt hurt. The competition went down in class after that fight as his team tried to get him to tighten things up some and build his confidence back up. But he has yet to face anyone since Lartey who carries legitimate power either. Incidentally Van Heerden is not a puncher either... Spence is talented but I think his chin needs to be questioned. Until he shows otherwise, the jury will be out in my mind as to how far he can go in this sport.