The welterweight division has another big fight on schedule when Kell Brook defends his IBF title against mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. in his home country of the U.K.
Brook and Spence were able to work out a deal to stage the title fight without the need of a purse bid, but the deal will require the challenger to venture into enemy territory in an attempt to claim his first world title — and Spence wouldn’t have it any other way, telling ESPN:
“My manager [Al Haymon] asked me if I would go over there to fight him. I said, ‘Yeah, that’s what true fighters do.’ I’m a challenger, he’s the champion,” Spence said. “That’s what he did when he [traveled to California] and fought Shawn Porter. He took the title and brought it to the U.K. and now I’m going to the U.K. to bring it back to the United States.”
Spence goes on to say that he’s a true fan of the sport and not one of those fighters who says that they never watch tape on their opponents or follow the sport in general - he does. And as such Spence has a good idea about what he’s in for when he takes on Brook.
“Kell Brook is a strong fighter. He likes to dictate the pace, which most boxers like to do,” Spence said. “He likes to use his jab to set up other punches like the left hook. He likes to bait you in, sort of like he did with Golovkin, and hit you with an uppercut.”
Not only does Spence expect to bring the IBF title back Stateside, he also plans on putting on a show for fans that he says will be even better than the welterweight unification between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia next month.
“Trust me, this will be a better fight than Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman. I know I’m definitely coming back with the belt. It might be a knockout, it might be a win by decision but the end result is I’m coming home with the belt.”
Tell me fans, just for discussion sake, which welterweight fight are you anticipating more? And if you could only tune into either Brook-Spence or Thurman-Garcia, which would you choose (ignoring the fact that one of them is on free TV)?