Spence Jr. Looks To Continue His Unification Goal
On Saturday night in Brooklyn, Errol Spence Jr. will look to continue his rise through a loaded welterweight division, as he battles his former sparring partner Lamont Peterson.
When talking about the meaning of this fight to FIGHT SPORTS, Spence was honest about the “war” he’s preparing for with Peterson. “This fight means everything to me. I still have a chip on my shoulder. I want to be the last man standing. I want to beat the top fighters in my division. Lamont is the one standing in front of me, so it’s fight time.”
The mood at Wednesday’s media workout was different for both fighters, as Peterson took in a full and serious training session at the legendary Gleason’s Gym, while the champion did an in-ring and heavy bag session with a smile on his face. For reporters, it was also a different affair, as Peterson was mostly quick with his answers and sat hunched over during the media session, while Spence seemed more bouncy and outgoing with the media. The difference in mindset can be attributed to what each fighter sees next for themselves. According to Spence:
“In a perfect world I’d be unifying with Keith Thurman this year. I’m going to fight three times this year though. You don’t get time back. I’m ready to strike now.”
However, for Peterson, he’s not thinking of unification, but an ultimate goal of enshrinement.
“When I got into boxing, I had goals. First I wanted to be a National Champion, then a world champion as a professional, but the ultimate goal is to be in the Hall of Fame. With that being my goal, I wouldn’t put myself in that conversation yet. With wins over a guy like Errol Spence and the other top welterweights, I think I’m right there in it. That’s my goal and I’ll give it my all to get there.”
And while Spence had better body language at Wednesday’s workout, he was also complementing his opponent, telling FIGHT SPORTS that if he is to win on Saturday, he’ll have to listen to his coaches and “stay defensively honest,” yet, when Peterson when asked about what he would need to do to win, he simply stated “show up.”
The IBF Welterweight Title is up for grabs as Errol Spence Jr. takes on Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, 9pm EST Saturday on Showtime.
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