WHEN two of the best welterweights on the planet collide, it’s nearly always an occasion in the boxing world and Saturday night’s clash between IBF champion Errol Spence Jnr and WBC boss, Shawn Porter, follows that theme.
The two rivals have been conversing in a combative language that harks back to the good old days ahead of their 12-round clash at Staples Center, Los Angeles. As if shooting respectful nods and winks the way of Messrs Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, there has been talk of getting the job done inside the distance, inflicting pain, making dents and statements, and of not being truly content unless their opposite number is not only defeated but devastated. More than simply saying all the right things, they are paying homage to the golden age. They are perhaps setting us up for something special.