Spence See Brook Back In Title Picture
Errol Spence Jr. is interested to see how Kell Brook bounces back from a fractured orbital bone.
Spence not only sees Brook’s comeback on March 3rd as a victory, but he sees Brook winning a world title at 154 pounds.
Brook, a former IBF champion at 147 pounds, is scheduled to battle Belarus’ Siarhei Rabchanka in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown on March 3rd.
“I don’t see why Kell can’t win a title at that weight,” Spence told Sky Sports as part of an interview posted to the network’s website Monday.
“No one will know what my fight has done to him until we see him fight again, but he is a good fighter and we expected him to move up for a while.”
Brook moved from middleweight to welterweight in order to make a mandatory defense against Spence, in May of 2017, in Sheffield. Brook’s orbital bone, which ended his 2016 title fight against Gennady Golovkin, was re-injured during Brook’s 11th-round knockout loss to Spence.
The orbital bone around Brook’s right eye, damaged during the Golovkin fight, held up well against Spence. Eventually, though, Spence’s punishing punches produced the same injury to the left side of Brook’s face.
“Kell is a guy that has a lot of heart… and is a real fighter,” Spence said. “He could easily have vacated the belt and moved up. But he wanted to fight me and not give it up, so I applaud Kell Brook for being a real fighter.”
Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) will make the first defense of the IBF welterweight title he won from Brook on January 20 in Brooklyn. He’ll meet Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs), a two-division champion from Washington, D.C., in a main event Showtime will air from Barclays Center.
“Lamont Peterson is very experienced and he’s got a big heart,” Spence said.
“We know he is a guy that knows how to fight, but I don’t think he’s got anything I haven’t come across before. He might be as strong as Kell Brook, so I will be physically prepared and mentally prepared – even if it is a tougher fight than Kell Brook.”
“He has all that experience, but I have fought other guys with that and I feel like being a world champion now, I have more experience now. You can’t get more experience than I did going over to Sheffield, fighting against Kell Brook.”