Brook says Thurman is number two in division, Spence is below
Published: May 17, 2017
Keith Thurman currently holds the WBA and WBC welterweight world titles after his win over Danny Garcia this past March
BY DANNY Z, SENIOR WRITER
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Kell Brook has stated that he decided to take the fight against Errol Spence Jr. because he didn't want give away the world title he worked so hard to attain.
Next Saturday, Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger, Spence. As of this writing, the major world championships are held by a variety of fighters. However, Keith Thurman is the only 147 pounder that holds two in the WBA and WBC. Current Philippine Senator and a future hall-of-fame inductee, Manny Pacquiao, holds the WBO world title that he beat Jessie Vargas for back in November of last year.
Brook, 31, carries only one loss that was suffered at the hands of middleweight, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. The 5 foot 9 Brook shocked the boxing world by jumping up two weight classes to take on one of the most feared fighters in the sport. Following the TKO stoppage, many assumed Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) would drop his 147 world title and enter the junior middleweight division. But, this was not the case and Brook reached an agreement to fight the young, rising contender in Spence.
Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) has been displaying his talent in a dominant way since turning professional after his stint in the 2012 Olympic games. The 27-year-old, who is from Desoto, Texas, is looking for his seventh consecutive knockout victory -- which includes names like Leonard Bundu and Chris Algieri. A win over Brook would not only give him his first world title, but also show his critics that he is indeed the real deal.
Nevertheless, Brook is planning on retaining the belt he won from Shawn Porter back in 2014 and recognizes that Spence will eventually reach a world title, but that time is still sometime in the future. With a potential victory, the winner of this bout could find themselves in a unification clash with Thurman and Brook feels that will be him in that spot.
Brook vs Spence happens Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England, live on Sky Sports Box Office and on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in the U.S (5:15 PM ET / 2:15 PM PT).
Danny Z is a Senior writer for Frontproof Media. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @DannyZ_Boxing
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