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As confirmation of Kell Brook 36-1 (25ko’s) v Errol Spence Jr 21-0 (18ko’s) for the IBF Welterweight title has finally arrived, we take look at the upcoming bout and the potential outcome when the pair face off for an extremely top quality night of boxing.
Make no mistakes, this fight is of the highest standard and it is exactly what fight fans deserve. However, “credit to Kell Brook for taking this fight” is an absolutely ludicrous statement. Nobody should receive credit for fighting their mandatory challenger, it’s simply minimum expectations.
Regardless of the outcome, the fans are the winner here. This is truly two of the best Welterweight’s in the division, and the fact that it will be on UK soil is great business from Matchroom Sports. I’m never one to credit Eddie Hearn, but he has started off 2017 in fantastic form. The fight will be live on Sky Box Office!
We haven’t seen Kell Brook in action since he suffered his first professional loss back in September 2016, being stopped in 5 rounds at the hands of Gennady Golovkin when he suffered a broken eye socket, forcing his trainer Dominic Ingle to throw the towel in.
Spence Jr was last in the ring in August last year when he stopped Leanord Bundu in impressive fashion and extended his knockout record to 8 stoppages on the bounce. The last time Spence Jr went the distance was back in 2014 and he carries impeccable power.
The main factors to take into consideration will be the weight issues for Kell Brook. Kell’s last fight was at 160lbs, two weights above when he fought at middleweight and he was walking around prior to the fight at a weight of over 175lbs.
Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn have often said how much of a struggle it is for Brook to make welterweight and Hearn himself was extremely positive that vacating the belt and fighting at Super welter was the best move for Kell.
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When Brook did fight at middleweight, he was still incredibly ripped showing us that the majority of his weight increase was muscle not fat. Fat would be easily taken off by a professional athlete but loosing two weight divisions worth of muscle could be an extremely bad move for Brook.
Spence is the younger man by 3 years and has great amateur and Olympic experience, however Brook’s career is the more advanced as he has already won a world honour, and has been in with the best in the business with GGG, leaving with immense credit and experience.
This will be an absolutely cracking fight, but you can expect Errol Spence Jr to come all guns blazing as the chances of him getting a decision on a Matchroom show are very slim. He will have to come and score a knockout, or as Eddie Hearn says “rip the title away”.
Despite claims from most of the Sky Sports propaganda machines claiming this to be the best fight in the division, it is however most definitely not! Don’t get me wrong, this is a bout of the highest order, but Keith Thurman v Manny Pacquiao trumps it in my eyes.
With Keith Thurmans win over Danny Garcia to hold both the WBA and WBC titles, the winner of Brook v Spence Jr, and the only title remaining in the division is the WBO, held by legendary Filipino Manny Pacquiao could make some exciting unification clashes.
Spence Jr told BoxingScene.com: “He’s a great fighter but he’s getting too much credit for fighting me.
Who else was he going to fight at 147? Nobody. Who was he going to fight at 154?He couldn’t fight someone else at 147 because if he didn’t fight me they would say he is ducking me. There was nobody for him to fight at 154, no big names, the names he wanted. So he had to fight me.”
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