Welter Skelter: Brook vs. Spence

By Caryn A. Tate on May 23, 2017
Welter Skelter: Brook vs. Spence
Some current and former welterweight champions shared their thoughts. (Sky Sports)

This Saturday in Sheffield, England, Errol Spence challenges IBF World welterweight champion Kell Brook…

This Saturday, May 27, Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) challenges IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England. The bout, Spence’s first world title shot, will be televised live in the United States at 2:15 pm PT/5:15pm ET on Showtime Championship Boxing.

It’s a mouth-watering matchup for boxing fans and for the division, particularly since both Brook and Spence have made it clear that they intend to unify should they win their bout this Saturday.

Some current and former welterweight champions gave their thoughts on this fantastic fight.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD—Former Undisputed Welterweight World Champion

“I’m really excited about this fight in particular, mainly because both fighters have to be on their A-game. I know there is talk about Kell’s eye surgery being a psychological problem, but from personal experience, I don’t see that being the case. I never thought about my eye once the doctor gave me the green light.

“To ask me who is going to win this fight, I have my favorite in Errol Spence. But, based on each fighter’s physical artillery, one punch can turn the tables around.  That being said, I am going to sit back and watch a great night of boxing.”

KEITH THURMAN—Unified WBA & WBC Welterweight World Champion

“This is an interesting fight. I have not followed Kell too much, but I have obviously seen Errol fight in the U.S. Errol is a tough, young fighter who is just getting into the public’s eye, and Kell obviously has the strength of the British crowd on his side.

“It should be a tough fight that really speaks to the strength of the welterweight division. Both fighters are men that I would be open to fighting as I continue to unify the division in 2018. As a fight fan, let’s see what’s ‘Special’ about Kell Brook, and we’ll see if Errol Spence can show us he’s ‘The Truth.’ It should be a great fight and I’ll be watching.”

DANNY GARCIA—Former Welterweight World Champion

“I think this is a 50/50 fight. I think the person with the better game plan is going to win. There is a lot of pressure to go into someone’s backyard like Spence is doing, and he’s never faced a fighter in his prime before like Brook. It is definitely a test for him and a big step up in competition. If he is ready, he can do it. He just has to go in there and stay focused.

“The welterweight division is the best division in boxing. I still feel like I am one of the best welterweights in the world even though I came up short. I never thought I would say a loss would make me stronger because I didn’t see myself losing. I want my titles back and to be seen as the best in the best division.”

SHAWN PORTER—Former Welterweight Champion & Current WBC No. 1 Contender

“I’m glad Errol is getting his title shot, and I’m happy he’s going to England for it. I’m obviously pulling for the American. Errol is a phenomenal athlete and a great boxer. I think he’s ready to show the world something, but Kell is right up there in that top tier of welterweights. People who tune in should be thrilled. I know I’m looking forward to it.

“The welterweight division is awesome, top to bottom. We’re right where we need to be and should be. Boxing returning back to the masses with PBC came at the perfect time for me and the rest of the top welterweights. There are so many of us capable of winning a title right now.”

LAMONT PETERSON—WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion

“This is going to be a tough fight, but I think Errol should win. At least I’m pulling for Errol to win. He’s got to overcome the idea that there will probably be 30,000 people cheering against him, so he has to show the judges that he deserves to win.

“Brook is a good fighter and is going to bring his best, but I think Errol, in the end, is the better fighter. But he will have to prove it.

“The welterweight division is one of the best in boxing right now. We’ve got a lot of good fighters in their prime making the division strong. And guys are willing to fight each other. We are seeing the kind of fights the fans want to see. If this keeps up it could bring boxing back to where it was in the days when Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler all fought each other. So it’s really good for boxing right now.”

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  1. The Tache 10:35am, 05/24/2017

    Credit to both fighters for taking a chance, Spence for being confident enough to challenge for the title abroad and Brook for taking the fight against a top rated young gun.
    Given that Brook’s last fight was 2 divisions higher against a monster who broke his face (no catch-weight bollocks either), it would be so easy for him to either go to 154 or want to reacclimatise himself back at 147 first, but no, straight in with Spence.
    Added to Gervonta Davis fighting over here last week, could we hope that some of the newer crop of American fighters have woken up to the fact that a World Champion is not always an American, at least not anymore.
    Plenty of potential big crowds in Europe these days for the right fights.

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