Kell Brook-Errol Spence almost a done deal

Kell Brook-Errol Spence almost a done deal

By Hector Franco

March 14, 2017


Photo: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

It looks like we are one step closer from finalizing a deal and announcing a fight between IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) and Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs). A date of May 27th has been reserved for the fight. 

The plan is for the fight to take place in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England at Bramall Lane. Going into the fight, the two men have had two different experiences in the level of opponents faced. Brook is coming off a fifth-round stoppage loss to middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) this past September. The IBF welterweight champion also suffered a broken orbital bone in the fight. 

Many questioned whether Brook would return to defend his welterweight title against his mandatory in Spence. For years there were talks about how much he was having trouble making 147 pounds. Coming off a loss, an injury, and the possibility of having trouble making weight gives Spence some advantages going into the fight. 

For Spence, the fight with Brook will be a huge step up in competition. This will be Spence’s first professional fight outside of the United States. The United Kingdom is one of the biggest markets for boxing and will provide a possible sellout of 28,000 in attendance. 

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn spoke with Sportmail about the fight. 

“All the contracts are agreed and have been sent to the IBF. This is now the only fight we are looking at for Kell, and it’s a big one. We are speaking with Sheffield Council about a license for Bramall Lane on May 27 for a capacity of 28,000. We need to go over the policing, safety, and other requirements. All being well we will be able to confirm the fight by the end of this week or the start of next week.” – Eddie Hearn

With this development, it seems that the issue of the drug testing for the fight being performed by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) may have been resolved. An official announcement should be coming soon. 


(Feature Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom)

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