Two of the best welterweights in the world duke it out on Saturday when IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KOs) and WBC titleholder Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) meet in a title unification bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Los Angeles. SN takes a closer look at the betting angles for the fight, including updated odds and our picks to win. Porter is a better fighter than the odds dictate. He has a great chance to be the one who knocks Spence from the undefeated ranks if he comes out and fights like he’s done throughout his entire career. But with the snap of his fingers, Spence can put into overdrive and say, ‘Game Over’.It’s going to come down to who can set the tone from the opening bell and I feel that guy is going to be Porter, and the pressure is going to be too much for Spence to overcome. Don’t bet a month’s mortgage, but pluck down a sizable amount “Showtime” to pull off the upset.SN’s pick: Porter by unanimous decision Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearErrol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter oddsOpening odds: Spence -1000, Porter +650Total rounds: 11.5 (Spence +175, Porter -225)Sportsbooks have installed Spence as an overwhelming favorite, according to Sportsbook Review’s composite odds. The logical theory is that oddsmakers are looking at Spence being regarded as one of boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters.The IBF champion is currently listed at -750 (Sept. 27), which means you’d need to wager $750 to win $100. Porter is +600, meaning you’d net $2,200 if you bet $100. The odds have gone down significantly for Spence; “The Truth” opened as a minus-1000 favorite. Porter’s odds have fluctuated in the same timeframe; they were initially at plus +650, went down to as much as +474 on Thursday morning and rose back up to its current line.More bettors are putting money on Porter, which isn’t surprising. Expect that to continue as the fight inches closer.MORE: Get the latest boxing odds at Sportsbook ReviewSpence vs. Porter trends to knowIn their last fights, Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) captured the WBC belt in September 2018, beating Danny Garcia by unanimous decision in a back-and-forth battle that was one of the best fights of the year. “Showtime” successfully defended the title for the first time a week before Spence faced Garcia, winning a narrow split-decision over Yordenis Ugas. Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) dominated former two-division world champion and one of the sport’s best in Mikey Garcia from the outset to win a lopsided unanimous decision in March in front of a crowd over 47,000 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.After the fight, Spence was interviewed by Porter, who was doing analyst work. On the spot, both guys declared they were ready and willing to battle it out for welterweight supremacy. The biggest questions heading into Saturday is whether Porter can get back to fighting like he did before he took on Ugas which is a mixture of applying constant pressure by throwing punches at will, staying on the inside and not giving his opponent too much time to breathe? When he does that, his chances of success are higher as evidenced by his performance against Garcia. With Ugas, Porter tried to fight a tactical fight, and he barely escaped with the title around his waist. Spence, a 2012 Olympian, has made it look rather easy up to this point. He makes what the public thinks is a good fighter into an ordinary one. The Garcia and Kell Brook bouts are proof of that where Garcia was supposed to be the one to knock Spence off his perch, but the 29-year-old outboxed and outclassed him for 36 minutes. When he fought Brook in May 2017, the narrative was going to Brook’s native England and dealing with Brook’s power would be too much to overcome.After a close affair for six rounds, Spence overpowered Brook, broke his orbital bone in the process to win the IBF belt. Since then, Brook hasn’t been the same. MORE: How Errol Spence Jr.’s journey to PPV stardom started with a Floyd Mayweather Jr. sparring sessionSpence vs. Porter expert pick, predictionSpence has the rare quality to where if he wants to box, he can go technical, and when he wants to overpower his foe, he can do it. But if you want to bet on Spence, you have to be a bit worried. Spence recently admitted he took his foot off the gas pedal in the Garcia fight when he could have put the guy who was jumping from lightweight away. He can’t do that with Porter because the Las Vegas native won’t be deterred by anything Spence tries to do and will stay in Spence’s face and not give up.Porter has to do what brought him to the dance. If he tries to do anything else, it will be a comfortable night at the office for “The Truth”. If Porter can make it the type of scrap he’s looking for how does Spence handle that as he’s never faced anyone like that in his stellar career?
AUBREY BRUCERetarded alert: last weekend the newyorkdailynews.com reported that a man was killed when a toilet was thrown from the stands after a soccer match. According to the report, “A man was killed when a lunatic soccer fan hurled a toilet bowl from stadium stands as supporters of rival clubs clashed in northeastern Brazil.A police officer in Recife said on Saturday that the death occurred [last] Friday at Arruda Stadium after a match between Santa Cruz and Parana. The cop spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. He said said fans ripped three toilet bowls out of stadium restrooms and threw them from the stands. One hit and instantly killed a fan he identified only as Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva.The incident comes six weeks before Brazil hosts the World Cup. Is Brazil ready to host several World Cup soccer matches in less than two months?The following is a partial list of sports disasters over the past 50 years. provided by infoplease.com “May 24, 1964, Lima, Peru: more than 300 soccer fans killed and over 500 injured during riot and panic following unpopular ruling by referee in Peru vs. Argentina soccer game. It is worst soccer disaster on record.January 2, 1971 Glasgow, Scotland: 66 killed in crush at Glasgow Rangers home stadium when soccer fans trying to leave encountered fans trying to return to stadium after hearing that a late goal had been scored.