Errol Spence Jr: Keith Thurman #1 over Pacquiao; reveals Kell Brook prep

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Posted By Eric Gomes: The much-anticipated Welterweight title fight between Kell Brook  (36-1, 25 KOs) and Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) is less than a month away. The fight takes place May 27th in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, UK at the Bramall Lane venue. Showtime network picked up Brook-Spence and will televise it in the U.S.

Brook last fought against Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September 2016. Brook shined in spots, perhaps laying an effective blueprint for what challenges Golovkin; but ultimately he was stopped in the 5th Round. During a Golovkin offensive onslaught Brook’s corner threw in the towel. It was later revealed that Brook suffered a broken eye socket facing the thudding puncher Golovkin. An injury that required surgery.

The injury prolonged talks of a potential Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. Brook then requested a medical extension with the IBF. That extension was granted, and #1 mandatory challenger Spence had to yet again wait for his title shot. Spence Jr. became the mandatory in an eliminator against Italian Olympian Leonard Bundu. Brook dispatched of Bundu in shocking fashion knocking him out cold in the 6th Round. After winning  the IBF eliminator post fight Spence Jr. called out Kell Brook. In addition the Spence-Bundu bout which aired after the Men’s Basketball portion of the 2016 Rio Olympics did great ratings. Spence vs. Bundu PBC on NBC averaged 4.8 million viewers, with a peak of more than 6.3 million.

Between Brook’s damaged eye socket, surgery, and the radical decision to move up to face a powerful middleweight [Gennady Golovkin] last-minute, many boxing fans were left with doubt. Fans wondered would we ever get to see an appetizing Welterweight matchup between Brook and Spence. In the end, against his own team’s desire for him to move up to 154 lbs., Brook decided to stay and face his mandatory Errol Spence Jr.

“I saw many people talk about how I would avoid Errol Spence,” Brook stated in a press release. “They don’t know me, they don’t know what I’m about. All I’ve ever wanted to do is to give the fans the fights they want and they have it right here on May 27. I’m going to show the world that I’m the best welterweight on the planet.”

With the Brook vs. Spence fight less than a month out, we get to see Errol Spence Jr. take a big step up in class. Brook without a doubt is the biggest and most talented name Spence had fought as a pro. Brook is once beaten and undefeated in his Welterweight run.

Errol Spence Jr.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Kell Brook poses for a photo after his press conference with Errol Spence to announce their fight on 27th May 2017 at Bramall lane on March 22, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

In an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio, Errol Spence detailed some of his training preparation for the Kell Brook fight. Errol Spence Jr. stated that he will arrive to the UK about 2 weeks in advance to properly acclimate to the time change and weather. Spence also discussed who he believes is atop of his division at the moment, rating “Two-Time” champion Keith “One Time” Thurman over Manny Pacquiao in today’s current Welterweight landscape.

“Keith Thurman has the momentum, he just came off the win over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. said Errol Spence Jr to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. He has the momentum I think. He’s probably #1 rated welterweight in the division right now and I think Manny Pacquiao’s after him.”

I feel like the 147 lbs division is the hottest division in boxing!

In that same interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio Spence Jr said the following:

“Everything is going good. Preparations are going great. I’ve been training for about 3 or 4 months now, I’m in great shape, I’m already on weight, and I can’t wait to fight. I definitely think the time is right. I’m 27 years old I’m in my prime, and i’ve been waiting for a long time now and it’s finally happening; I can’t wait. I think he [Kell Brook] has a good jab, a good 1-2, he tries to create distance. He comes to fight and shows a lot of heart in his fights.”

Errol Spence Jr.