Spence vs. Garcia undercard features the return of David Benavidez and Luis Nery

first_imgFOX will air the Spence-Garcia kickoff press conference Saturday at 4:30 PM ET, hours before their fight card headlined by Leo Santa Cruz against Rafael Rivera, also televised on regular FOX. The inaugural FOX and Premier Boxing Champions pay-per-view takes place next month, pitting top pound-for-pound fighters Errol Spence Jr and Mikey Garcia against each other at Cowboys Stadium. We’ve now learned what the televised undercard will look like for that March 16 clash.The co-feature will pit unbeaten David Benavidez against J’Leon Love in a ten-round super middleweight bout. Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) is returning from being stripped of his WBC title at 168 pounds after testing positive for cocaine late last year. The 22-year-old is one of the sport’s most promising stars and was the youngest American champion before he was stripped.Join DAZN and watch Joshua vs. Miller on June 1Love (24-2-1, 13 KOs) is coming off a spiritless decision loss to Peter Quillin in one of 2018’s worst fights. Benavidez will hope to get a crack at the winner of Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirim, who fight later this month for the title left vacant by Benavidez.Also on the card will be the PBC debut of exciting bantamweight Luis Nery. Nery will square off against McJoe Arroyo in an enticing 10-round bout. Nery (28-0, 22 KOs) signed with the PBC in late January, through Mexican promoter Zanfer Promotions. The unbeaten fighter dethroned long-reigning 118-pound champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in 2017 before testing positive for trace amounts of Zilaterol. The 24-year-old earned a rematch last year with Yamanaka but showed up three pounds overweight. His most recent win came in December against unheralded Renson Robles in five rounds.Arroyo (18-2, 8 KOs) lost back-to-back fights in 2016 and 2017 to Jerwin Ancajas and Rau’shee Warren. He’s a good opponent for Nery, who hopes to earn a crack at new WBC bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali, who beat Rau’shee Warren for the vacant title on the Pacquiao-Broner undercard.Opening the PPV portion of the March 16 telecast will be heavyweight Chris Arreola against lightly regarded Jean Pierre Augustin. Arreola (37-5, 32 KOs) is looking to pick up his second win in four months after returning from a 17-month layoff on the Wilder-Fury untelevised undercard in December. Arreola still carries somewhat of a name and the PBC has a ton of heavyweights for him to potentially fight down the road.Augustin (17-0-1, 12 KOs) is a Haitian-born, Louisville, Ky.-based heavyweight who hasn’t fought in 14 months. His most signature win is over a 10-0 heavyweight named Humberto Soto, a fourth-round TKO for a regional title.last_img

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