Kell Brook returned to action last Saturday with an impressive KO-2 victory over Sergey Rabchenko, marking Brook’s official debut in the 154-pound division. After that win, Errol Spence Jr, who defeated Brook last year and took the IBF welterweight title, said he’d move up to 154 and fight Brook again, if Brook wins a world title.
But Brook (37-2, 26 KO) cautions that he’s a new fighter at 154, and has strong words for his rival:
“[H]e knew I was handling him, I was beating him. The tank was not very good, the eye wasn’t very good, but now I’m Terminator, he can’t hurt me, and I’ve got a serious engine. I’ve got plenty in the tank now.” ... “He can leave his world title, without losing it, and come up to 154lbs or a catchweight. I will beat Errol Spence Jr. At this new weight, I will destroy him.”
“He should be looking forward but he’s looking behind because he’s not happy with how he got the world title. I was beating him, then I couldn’t see. The new weight is a big difference.”
For what it’s worth, Spence led Brook on the score cards at the time of the 11th round knockout, on tallies of 95-94, 96-93, and 97-92.
For now, it looks like both will return to the ring in June. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is targeting that month for another tune-up, then a bigger fight in the fall, while Spence faces Carlos Ocampo in a title defense on June 16 in Dallas.