It’s fight week for two of the top welterweights out there, Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. The two men will square off this Saturday at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England with the IBF world title on the line.
During a recent media conference call leading up to the big fight, Spence admits his excitement for finally having an opportunity to win his first world championship belt.
“I’m excited that it’s finally here and that I’m finally getting the opportunity to prove myself and prove that I am the best welterweight in the division. Kell Brook, who’s a good fighter, has great skills and he’s a strong fighter too, he can fight…I know it’s not going to be an easy fight for me; it’s going to be a real test to go to his hometown and to take his title from him.”
Spence continued by mentioning that it was difficult for him to sit on the sidelines for nine months as he waited for his mandatory position to be enforced, but now that it has been, he’s ready to walk into hostile territory with the stakes as high as can be.
“I expect the environment to be lively. These are hardcore boxing fans in the UK. These people know their boxing. They really come out to support. I expect him to have a lot of support. I expect me to have a lot of boos and I welcome that. It’s a lot of pressure on him to perform in front of his family and his friends. I’m not worried about the crowd. It’s me and him in the ring…Watch me win the world title.”
Finally Spence was asked about looking forward to a unification fight with Keith Thurman. Spence mentioned that that fight wasn’t currently on his mind, as he needs to deal with Brook first, but that he certainly wants that fight going forward (should he win the world title).
The fight kicks off on Showtime Championship Boxing this Saturday starting at 5:15pm ET.