Does winner of Brook-Spence enter the pound-for-pound rankings?
Published: May 26, 2017
Errol Spence Jr. is entering this matchup as the betting odds favorite
By Danny Z | Senior Writer
Editor's note: With respect to the pound-for-pound rankings, we are only looking at the top ten.
SHEFFIELD, YORKSHIRE - The year isn't even half way over yet, and the sport of boxing has produced some of the best, most competitive fights of the last several years.
Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. is no different, as it is sure to be one of the most exciting bouts of the year. Just like the March bout between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, this Saturday's IBF world title fight between Brook and Spence has poised the question -- does the victor enter the covenant pound-for-pound (P4P) list?
Some say it depends on how the win is achieved or how dominant one of these fighters can be. Others add that the win, regardless of how it is obtained (assuming no controversy, of course), should give entrance to the rankings. As of this writing, Brook is the only one of the two fighters that is included in some of the more prominent rankings. However, he is mostly around the nine and ten mark, while other lists have him closer to 20. Spence, 27, is not included in any of the lists, even though he is coming into this bout as the betting odds favorite and has been looked at as the future of the sport for quite some time now. This could be attributed to the notion that Spence has not yet captured his first world title, as opposed to Brook -- who has held the IBF 147 title since 2014 when he took it from Shawn Porter in Carson, California's StubHub Center.
In comparison to Thurman and Garcia's unification bout from earlier this year -- Thurman, even though he came out with the victory and unified world titles in arguably the toughest division in the sport -- hardly made a mark within the P4P rankings. Of course, P4P lists are subjective, but many of the fighters have positions in multiple rankings, regardless of their actual number on the list.
As mentioned, depending on how dominant either Brook or Spence can be during this weekend's matchup, will add justification to the decision to include them within the respective rankings. Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) only has one individual loss that was suffered at the hands of Gennady Golovkin when he [Brook] surprised the boxing world and traveled up two divisions to take on the undefeated, middleweight champion. The 31-year-old Brook has faced the more vigorous opposition in comparison to Spence, however, Spence has looked more impressive in his 21 victories.
Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) has not fought anyone close to the caliber of a fighter such as Brook and it'll be interesting to see how he [Spence] administers his game plan. Brook, as stated previously, took the loss against Golovkin, but his most competitive bout was likely his split decision win against Porter -- who will be ringside for this bout. Brook is coming off a recovery of a broken eye socket, and this could be one of the factors that Spence focuses on.
So, once again, does the winner of this match deserve a spot on the various P4P lists, or will the competition throughout the rest of the sport still be too high that not even a bout of this caliber could amass a spot? Let's see what Sunday, May 28, 2017 will look like following the outcome of Saturday's battle.
(Feature photo: L. Ludwig/Matchroom Boxing)