IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson will make their first comments to the press at a news conference at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The two will face off at the same venue on January 20th in the main event of a Showtime Championship Boxing card and promoted by Premier Boxing Champions.
Spence won the championship in May of this past year when he defeated Kell Brook via TKO in the 11th round in England. Spence will be making his third appearance at Barclays Center, last fighting there in April 2016 when he defeated Chris Algieri.
During the press conference, Spence was quite complimentary to his opponent…
“Lamont can push me to even greater levels. I feel like he is a better fighter than Kell Brook and has even more heart than Kell Brook and he can bring out the best in me.
“I think it’s going to start out as a boxing match, but as we go on, it’s going to be a dog fight. We both have big hearts. I’ve never known Lamont to turn down any fight. Not a lot of people wanted to fight me. The big names shied away from me but Lamont stood up and said he’d fight me. This is going to be a hard fight.
Spence also gave himself a pat on the back, while keeping a watchful eye on his opponent.
“I think I can be known as the best pound-for-pound in the sport, but I have to take it one fight at a time. I want to be the undisputed welterweight champion. That should be everyone’s ultimate goal – to be the best fighter in the sport. But first I have a big test ahead of me January 20.”
“I want the best in this division to all fight each other. It’s time for everyone else to stand up and proclaim that they want to be great. That’s how we get this division to the peak. I don’t feel like waiting to fight the best. I want to prove myself.”
Peterson who has held titles at 140 and 157 pounds became the WBA welterweight title in February of 2017, before relinquishing the title for this opportunity against Spence and his welterweight crown. Peterson will make his third appearance at Barclays Center, last appearing in 2015 in a majority draw loss to Danny Garcia.
Peterson is looking to block out the noise regarding Spence being the next superstar in boxing, even though Peterson agrees with the idea.
“I can’t worry about people thinking that Errol is the next star in this sport. I believe that, but I can’t worry about it. It is up to me and my team to come up with the right type of strategy and execute it.”
Even though the two are friends, Peterson says he needs to focus on the task at hand when they face off on January 20th.
“As a top fighter, you’re obligated to take what comes on the table. Regardless of who it is. It’s boxing. It’s a sport and we’re competitors. We want to go in there and compete to see who’s the best. We’re going to treat it like business like we always do.”