Errol Spence Jr. gets his shot, will face Kell Brook
February 14, 2017
In what has been seen as a surprise by many within the boxing world, IBF world title holder, Kell Brook, will return to welterweight and face off against 27-year-old Errol Spence Jr sometime in May of this year.
Spence, who is from Desoto, Texas, will travel to England for his first world title bout as a professional. Brook, 30, has held the IBF title since 2014 when he defeated Shawn Porter in a majority decision victory from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Both fighters had been scheduled to participate in a purse bid with the IBF this week, however, the sanctioning body announced, in a letter to registered promoters, that the bid had been cancelled as a deal had been reached between both parties.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Brook (36-1, 25 KOs), will work with TGB promotions' Tom Brown (who promotes Spence) to put on the event. Spence has been regarded as one of the most talented fighters within the last year or so, who was just waiting for his first world title shot. He [Spence] has won his last seven bouts by way of knockout, even stopping Chris Algieri in April of last year -- who had never been stopped previously.
Brook is coming off a stoppage loss against the middleweight monster, Gennady Golovkin, in a bout that almost completely broke his eye socket. Brook went up to 160 pounds for the this fight, wanting to prove that he could be in the ring with the best in the world, even if they were two divisions above his welterweight classification. Many pundits believed Brook would vacate his title and make junior welterweight his new home, indicating difficulty in making 147 pounds. However, as mentioned earlier, this was not the case.
No date is officially set, but the bout will be reportedly in May across the pond. Excluding Golovkin, Spence will arguably be Brook's toughest matchup -- and the same can be said for Brook towards Spence. Tickets for the event should follow when the official press release makes the rounds in the coming weeks.
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