Errol Spence becomes No. 1 contender for Sebastian Fundora's WBC title – Boxing News – 24

In the new WBC rankings, Errol Spence has moved up to No. 1 by the WBC at No. 154, behind junior middleweight champion Sebastian Fundore.

Leap in competition

The World Boxing Council's decision to elevate Spence (28-1, 22 KOs) to the No. 1 spot for Fundora's WBC title is interesting as Errol hasn't fought in ten months since his ninth-round knockout loss to Terence Crawford.

Spence has never fought at 154 pounds, so it's doubtful he'll be ranked No. 1 by the WBC. But with Spence now ranked No. 1, it gives him the opportunity to challenge Fundora (21-1-1, 13 KOs) for the WBC/WBO junior middleweight titles once his injured nose heals.

Moving to number one in the WBC rankings allows Spence to leapfrog these 154 contenders who have been waiting for their chance to fight for a world title:

2. Charles Conwell
3. Jesus Ramos
4. Erickson Lubin
5. Yoenis Tellez
6. Josh Kelly
7. Xander Zayas

Ryan Garcia Challenge

Former IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Spence has been repeatedly criticized by popular Ryan Garcia on social media this week. Ryan says he wants to fight Spence in August at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

It's unclear if Ryan is serious about fighting Spence, but if he doesn't get suspended, it would be a big payday for Errol.

This should be a tempting fight offer for Spence because he could potentially make more money fighting Ryan Garcia than Fundora, but the fight won't bring the same long-term benefits.

The likely reason Spence's management decided to go in the direction of fighting Fundora is that it could lead to a money showdown with Tim Tszyu and a rematch with Crawford. These are the only decent fights for Spence at 154, other than his match with the 6-foot-5 Fundora.

Spence's path forward

If Spence succeeds, he will defeat Fundora and Tszyu and then face Crawford in a big-money rematch. There could also be a rematch between Spence and Fundora and Tszyu, depending on how those fights go.

It could also turn out badly for Spence if Fundora beats him, effectively ending his career. Spence isn't the type to retire after a loss, so he'll likely keep fighting if Fundora beats him.

Still, losing to Fundora would be a bitter pill to swallow for the 34-year-old Spence. Spence is no longer young and will have a harder time recovering from his loss to Fundora from The Towering Inferno.

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