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Errol Spence vs. Alejandro Barrera upgraded to title eliminator

Errol Spence could be getting his title shot sooner than later, as the IBF has just upgraded his fight this weekend as a title eliminator for Kell Brook's belt.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Blue Chip welterweight prospect Errol Spence (18-0, 15 KOs) is fighting Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) this Saturday in Dallas (a PBC on NBC card at 3pm EST). The good news for both men is that this fight has just been upgraded to a world title eliminator by the IBF.

Meanwhile, current IBF welterweight titlist Kell Brook has been mandated to negotiate a fight with his mandatory challenger in Kevin Bizier. Once Brook and Bizier settle their business in early 2016, the winner of Spence-Barrera will be ordered to fight the IBF's leading available contender to come up with the next mandatory challenger for the Brook-Bizier winner. That means Errol Spence could get his first world title shot by next summer/fall.

For now, this weekend's Spence-Barrera fight will co-headline the PBC card which will also feature Jermell Charlo (22-0, 17 KOs) vs. "Silky" Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12 KOs). Our very own Patrick L. Stumberg will be covering the round-by-round analysis for Bad Left Hook.

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