Errol Spence returns against Leonard Bundu Aug. 21 in Coney Island
Errol Spence Jr. is set to return against Italy’s 41-year-old Leonard Bundu on Aug. 21 in a 12-round welterweight world title eliminator at the brand new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn on a PBC on NBC broadcast (5 p.m. ET), it was formally announced on Tuesday.
The winner will get a crack at the IBF welterweight belt, currently held by Kell Brook, who is rising in weight to challenge unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin Sept. 10. If Brook vacates the title and decides to fight at junior middleweight following the bout with Golovkin, Spence-Bundu would be for the 147-pound strap.
Spence’s fifth-round demolition of Chris Algieri on April 16 marked the former U.S. Olympian’s arrival as a true title contender. The bout on Aug. 21 will follow NBC’s broadcast of the Olympic men’s basketball gold-medal game, and it’s the first boxing match at the new open-air Coney Island venue, which seats 5,000.
“Bundu is an older fighter, but he’s tough and has a lot of experience,” Spence said in a press release. “He fought well against Keith Thurman (in a 2014 decision loss). Thurman out-boxed him but couldn’t knock him out. I think I can make a big statement in the division if I can stop him, as I did with Chris Algieri.”