It became official on Thursday when it was announced DeSoto native Errol Spence will defend his IBF and WBC welterweight titles against Danny Garcia on Dec. 5 at AT&T Stadium.
After it was originally scheduled for Nov. 21, the fight was moved to a later date. One of the objectives was to host the fight at a venue that could hosts fans for a live gate. Promoters looked at Los Angeles as a possible location but with the state of California not allowing fans at sporting events, Texas became a focal point.
Tickets will go on sale Oct. 14 though the Dallas Cowboys ticketing partner, SeatGeek and be telecast on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View.
The fight has yet to be approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The TDLR has to a review fight promoters COVID-19 guidelines before it can happen.
The Cowboys already host NFL games at AT&T Stadium where they make it mandatory to wear a mask, require fans to sit in pods to maintain social distancing between groups, along with other measures approved by the state and the CDC.
There is an expectation at least 25,000 fans might attend Spence-Garcia.
Texas hasn’t conducted boxing matches since the weekend of March 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic. After previously approving events for the end of June, increases of positive COVID-19 tests in the state forced the TDLR to rescind the approvals.
With COVID-19 positive test results declining across the state, the TDLR has now approved three fights so far. The first of those bouts will be Oct. 31 in San Antonio.
This is Spence’s first bout since a Sept. 28, 2019 split decision win over Shawn Porter. On Oct. 10, Spence was involved in a one-car accident when his Ferrari flipped numerous times. Spence suffered facial cuts and severe bruising to his body.
Spence has said he’s fully recovered and now ready to fight again.
The last time Spence fought in AT&T Stadium was last year when he defeated Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision in front of 47,525.
“Having my comeback fight be in front of my hometown fans at AT&T Stadium is added motivation and a dream come true,” Spence said in a statement. “It means even more because I’m going up against a great champion in Danny Garcia (two weight classes). I know people are looking out to see if I’ve lost a step or won’t be at my best, but I’m 100 % focused and everything is on point in training camp.”
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