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Spence-van Heerden lands on Sept. 11 Spike card

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr. returns to face Chris Algieri in April. Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Welterweight Errol Spence Jr., a 2012 U.S. Olympian and one of boxing's best prospects, will take on fellow southpaw Chris van Heerden in a 10-round fight on Sept. 11 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, promoter Yvon Michel announced Friday.

The fight will serve as the co-feature for the Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike TV, which is headlined by the previously announced fight between light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-0-1, 21 KOs) and club fighter Tommy Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs).

Spence (17-0, 14 KOs), of Dallas, is on the fast track to a title shot. In fact, none other than pound-for-pound king and welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is very high on Spence, 25. He calls him the future of the welterweight division and has said numerous times in recent months that he'd like to see him get a shot against titlist Keith Thurman.

"I'm excited to get back in the ring in September with another opportunity to fight on the big stage" Spence said. "I've been putting in the work every day and I'm looking forward to a tough challenge. I'm ready for anybody."

In his previous fight, on June 20, Spence blew away late replacement Phil Lo Greco in the third round in Las Vegas on NBC on the undercard of Shawn Porter's victory against Adrien Broner.

Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs), 28, of South Africa -- who trains at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California -- is riding a nine-fight winning streak since a loss in 2010. He has beaten some good opponents, including Kaizer Mabuza, Sebastian Lujan, Matthew Hatton, Ray Narh and then-unbeaten Cecil McCalla in January.

"I'm very thankful for this opportunity and I'm happy that Errol Spence Jr. took this fight," said van Heerden. "I've been fighting in America for over a year now and I'm ready to make my mark."

Added Michel: “We are very happy to have Spence versus van Heerden as the televised co-feature on our Sept. 11th event in Toronto. They are two of the most talented welterweights in the world. This matchup has all of the makings of an exciting, explosive, fan-friendly fight.”