Another big Pay-Per-View event is on the move and for the sake of allowing fans in attendance.
The anticipated unified welterweight title fight between Errol Spence and Danny Garcia has been pushed back two weeks from its originally intended date, now taking place December 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas—home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. The bout will top a show to air live on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View.
Tickets will be made available to the general public, marking at least the second such occasion for a Premier Boxing Champions event since the pandemic.
“Major announcement! Garcia Vs Spence Welterweight Title Unification on FOX Sports PBC PPV on Saturday, Dec 5th,” noted Garcia through his verified social media accounts on Thursday. “AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Fans will be in attendance! Tickets on sale Wed., Oct. 14 at 10 am CT.”
The bout was targeted to land on November 21, although a venue was never confirmed for the forthcoming showdown. PBC has run its events through two locations since returning in August—Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut for content airing live on Showtime; and Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for all Fox Sports events.
That trend has changed beginning with the upcoming Showtime PPV headliner between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz. Their bout was moved back one week, from October 24 to October 31 and which will take place at The Alamodome in San Antonio, with tickets already on sale—the first such occasion for any bout to air on U.S. since the sport as a whole returned to stateside airwaves on June 9.
Spence’s unified title defense versus former two-division champ Garcia will now mark the first Fox Sports event to take place outside of Los Angeles and with fans on site. PBC has aired four shows on Fox in primetime and two separate FS1 shows all from the Microsoft Theater.
Spence (26-0, 21KOs) will attempt the fifth defense of at least one welterweight title since winning his first belt in May 2017. The event will also mark his first fight as a unified titlist—having done so in a 12-round split decision win over Shawn Porter to add the WBC strap to his IBF title reign—and also the first since recovering from serious injuries sustained in a horrific single car crash last October.
Garcia (36-2, 21KOs)—a former 140-pound lineal champion and 147-pound titlist—has won two straight since dropping a competitive 12-round decision to Porter in their September 2018 vacant WBC title fight. Most recently, Garcia scored a wide points win over Ivan Redkach this past January in Brooklyn, New York.
The event will serve as Spence’s second headliner at the famed stadium in the greater Dallas area. The unbeaten southpaw from nearby Desoto, Texas made his PPV debut at the venue last March, scoring a 12-round shutout over former four-division titlist Mikey Garcia. The event played to an announced crowd of 47.525 and selling north of 350,000 PPV buys.
A similarly sized crowd is not expected due to current social distancing guidelines, but the spread-out stadium—which can seat (and stand) more than 100,000 for non-football events during healthier times—can still potentially draw in the vicinity of 20,000-25,000 fans given current standards. Current home games for the Cowboys allow the venue to sell at up to 25% capacity.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBo