Montana Love Headlines At Home In
Cleveland Against Stevie Spark On Nov. 12
Montana Love will headline at home in Cleveland, Ohio for
the first time in his career as he defends his IBF North
American Super-Lightweight title against Stevie Spark at
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday, November 12, live
worldwide on DAZN.
Love (18-0-1 9 KOs) boxes in his backyard for the fourth
time in his career but first time as the star attraction and
does so making the first defense of the strap he landed in
his last outing, outpointing Gabriel Valenzuela in Las Vegas
on May 7, on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez’s clash with
The 27 year old is ranked at #7 in the IBF and will be
looking to put on a statement performance ahead of the
vacant IBF World title being claimed by either Jeremiah
Ponce or Subriel Matias this fall – and the man Love will
need to impress against is Australian puncher Spark, who has
plenty at stake himself.
‘The Viking’ (15-2 14 KOs) penned a promotional pact with
Matchroom and Eddie Hearn, and his first bout under the deal
sees him straight into the Lion’s den on his US debut.
The 25 year old from Toowoomba in Queensland has ended 14 of
his 15 wins inside the distance, and the former IBF and WBC
Australasia Champion will be out to ruin Love’s homecoming
and leap into World title contention.
“From neighborhood hero to superstar - Cleveland we did it
baby!” said Love. “I am happy to announce I will be
defending my title here in my hometown.
“This is something I dreamed of as a kid. I’m looking
forward to putting on a superstar performance. I need
everybody in my city to come out – let’s defend the land!”
“I’ve been working very hard for a lot of years for this
moment,” said Spark. “I have the best team in the world who
I can’t thank enough for making this possible. I’m looking
forward to exploding into the international boxing scene
with a spectacular win. The American boxing fans are in for
a treat, as I believe they will love my all-action style.
“We respect the fighter Montana Love is, he is highly
credentialed but that’s why we took this fight. We are
coming prepared, and we are coming to win. Come November 12,
there will be no Love!”
“This is the stage and moment that Montana has been waiting
for – and now he needs to take it with both hands,” said
Hearn. “The chance to headline at home in a fight that can
lead to World title action makes this the biggest night of
his life, and with the Cleveland’s fans behind him, this is
the moment to prove he belongs in the elite.
“But Stevie has other ideas. Australia is one of the fastest
growing markets for boxing, and we’re looking to build stars
Down Under. If ‘The Viking’ can pack his punch power and
bring it to Ohio, he could become a major player at 140lbs
Early undercard news will be released soon.