IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander has told WBN that he will defend his title against fellow countryman Shawn Porter on November 30 in a switch from his original slot at the Barclays Center on December 7.
Alexander, 26, was due to face Amir Khan on the later date until the fight fell through due to the Briton holding out for a crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May and Porter has now stepped to fill the void.
25 year-old Porter, who is unbeaten in 23 contests, is handed his first world title shot at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on the back of impressive performances against Phil Lo Greco and Julio Diaz.
‘Showtime’ has long been touted as a future world champion following a stellar amateur career of almost 300 bouts and now gets his chance to headline a major event to be broadcast ironically on Showtime.
The co-feature also finalised is between WBC super-bantamweight king Leo Santa Cruz as the US-based Mexican puts his belt on the line against 27 year-old Puerto Rican southpaw Cesar Seda.
Undefeated Santa Cruz, 25, claimed his second world title last time out against Victor Terrazas and is now a two-weight champion after a previous reign as the IBF bantamweight belt holder in 2012.
The double world championship card will be added to in the coming weeks.