Errol Spence proves he's the truth, stops Brook in eleven
Published: May 27, 2017
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – In front of a packed house of 27,000 fans in Sheffield, England Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) battled through adversity to stop hometown hero Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) in eleven rounds. The fight was as close as can be in the first eight rounds with both men having their moments.
Both men were efficient with their jabs using it to set up punches. Brook, in particular, landed lead straight right hands and lead left uppercuts in many rounds. What never changed for Spence was a consistent body attack that started from the first round. This proved to be a difference maker as after the eighth round the fight changed completely with Spence dominating in the ninth round.
The first knockdown came in the tenth round for Spence and even with the crowd willing Brook to fight back it was the beginning of the end. Spence’s jab caused damage to Brook’s left eye, which was the catalyst for the fight to be stopped. Spence was beginning to punish Brook and forced him to take a knee that stopped the fight crowning Spence the new IBF welterweight champion. At the time of the stoppage the scorecards were 97-92, 96-93, and 95-94 in favor of Spence.
This was a fight that will forever be part of Spence’s story. He traveled over to England and stopped a quality world champion in a fight that was exciting and troublesome for him. Many wondered if the lack of experience for Spence would play a factor in the fight, but no matter what Brook threw at the Texas native he remained calm.
Fans are now left wondering what to expect next from Spence. There are still other champions in the welterweight division such as unified WBA/WBC champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) and future Hall-of-Famer and current WBO champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs). Pacquiao has a fight coming up in July against Australia’s Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) while it is unknown as to when Thurman will return to the ring as he underwent surgery to repair his right elbow recently. Spence, however, made it clear what his intentions are in the welterweight division.
If fights cannot be made with Thurman or Pacquiao, there are options for Spence to face fellow PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) fighters like Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) and Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs). Both fights would be highly anticipated and give Spence another opportunity to have a solid fighter on his resume.
As for Brook, options are awaiting him in a fight with British rival Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) that would do big business in the United Kingdom. Brook in a post fight interview claimed he could still make the welterweight limit of 147 pounds but his promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that he would like to see Brook move up to the 154-pound division. Brook in defeat showed that he is a quality fighter and would give any other welterweight a tough night. Brook's future is still up for question as his promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Brook suffered another broken eye socket in the fight with Spence.
(Feature Photo: Showtime Boxing)