Errol Spence To Face Peterson In January

Errol Spence Jr has scheduled his first title defense, as Lamont Peterson will be the man standing across the ring from him on January 20th inside Barclays Center.

Spence won the IBF Welterweight title in May of 2017, when he defeated Kell Brook in Brook’s home country of England, and now faces Peterson who won the WBA 147-pound title in his last fight on February 18th, before relinquishing the belt for the chance to challenge Spence.

“I’m pleased to be promoting Spence vs. Peterson, one of the very best matchups in the welterweight division and in all of boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.

“Spence is not only one of the best welterweights in the world, but one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing. In Peterson, he faces another elite welterweight and a two-time world champion.”

Spence claims his ultimate goal in 2018 is to be the undisputed Welterweight champion, but his road starts with Peterson.

 

“My goal is to unify the welterweight division in 2018, but this fight is a true test and Lamont Peterson is a veteran that I definitely will not overlook… I sparred him in the amateurs and I know what he brings to the table. I have to get through him to achieve my goals and that is what I plan on doing January 20th.”

Peterson has wanted this fight, and is excited to finally have it within reach.

I’ve stayed in the gym and I’m ready to go. This is a fight I wanted and as I said before when I became a welterweight, I want to fight the best and make the fights that people want to see. I’m ready to give it my all and give the fans a great show.”

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