Written By Eric Gomes: Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against rising star Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Saturday May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in the US. Brook makes the 4th defense of his title. Brook captured the belt in the States in August 2014 with a career-best win over Shawn Porter, and blitzed Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier. Last September in a shocking move he jumped up to Middleweight to face fearsome Kazakh Gennady Golovkin at The O2. Now the Sheffield star welcomes another unbeaten superstar into the ring.
Undefeated Errol Spence Jr. became the mandatory challenger for Brook’s belt when he blasted Leonard Bundu inside six rounds on PBC/NBC in August. This was the eighth straight stoppage win for the Texas-based New Yorker who went into the fight after destroying Chris Algieri inside four rounds two months earlier.
Brook and Spence now clash in the biggest fight in the 147 lbs. division. This elite pairing promise to deliver an electric night at the home of Sheffield United FC.
On a recent episode of HBO’s The Fight Game” series hosted by Jim Lampley the upcoming Brook vs. Spence fight was discussed. When asked by host Jim Lampley “Is this where Errol Spence makes his Top 10 move?” Co-host Max Kellerman said the following:
Although I agree with the overall notion of Spence cracking the Top 10 with a strong win over Brook, Kellerman’s comments sound somewhat bizarre. To call Kell Brook who is undefeated at Welterweight a “Gatekeeper”, is beyond me. Brook is still a champion, and a skilled one. Maybe my definition of a gatekeeper varies from Kellerman’s. When I think of the term “Gatekeeper” I think of guys who don’t really have it anymore. Guys who can no longer beat any of the top 5 guys in their division. Guys like Jesus Soto Karass or Robert Guerrero, who’ve seen better days; been through wars. NOT Brook.
Although it was foolish for Brook to bypass the 154 lbs. division to go after Golovkin straight away, it showed balls. Beyond that some believe Brook’s valiant performance “exposed” Golovkin to agree. Brook’s performance perhaps gave others like Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez, courage to now face Golovkin. After all a Welterweight moved up 2 division and stood his ground without ever touching the canvas. Even with the Golovkin loss, Kell is still clearly one of the best in the division. In fact, if it weren’t for Spence Jr’s aggressive style, I would say Brook has a good shot to beat mostly anyone else at Welterweight: Amir Khan, Adrien Broner, etc. Brook already holds a win over Shawn Porter.
Despite Max’s comments, I think we can agree on one thing, this is a risky fight for both men. Should Errol Spence Jr. jump up in class and dethrone a reigning champion in the division like Kell Brook, he definitely should crack the Top 10 p4p. If a fighter can rise to the occasion in hostile territory, from fighting guys like Chris Algieri or Leonard Bundu to Brook, and beat him in style, then he’s clearly got some skills. All I know is May 27th can’t come any faster!
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