Spence Stops Peterson After 7 Rounds
Update: Hours after his win and callout of Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr. teased on Twitter that his next fight will be announced soon.
Fight date announced reaaaaal soon‼️ 😁
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) January 21, 2018
Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) retained his IBF Welterweight Championship, defeating Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KO) after Peterson did not come out for the 8th round in their bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“My coach came with a great game plan, and I just followed through with it,” Spence said. “I know Lamont. Lamont’s a tough fighter, he’s gonna give it all he’s got. He’s willing to die in there. His coach had to stop the fight. He wanted to keep going. That’s who Lamont is.”
The fight started a bit slow, with both men feeling each other out in the first. However, it was clear from the start Spence would be providing most of the production. While Peterson landed some decent counter-punches in the second, Spence was the one chasing down the challenger and applying the pressure around the ring.
The two were more even in the third, but Spence’s power was still overwhelming Peterson. Spence’s dominance continued into the fourth, but he was warned by the referee for hitting low.
Spence managed to land a knockdown in the fifth, and from there, it was all Spence.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 21, 2018
Peterson tried to get back into the fight, but he remained rocked from the knockdown, and to make matters worse, Peterson’s right eye was swelling up and closing.
After the seventh, Peterson and his corner decided to end the fight, giving the win to Spence.
Following the bout, Spence called out WBA/WBC Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman.
“Everybody knows I’m waiting on ‘Sometimes’ Thurman. I’ve been waiting a long time. Since I was 15-0, I’ve been calling this guy out, and he keeps making excuses. I’ve been waiting on him. Let’s get it on, man.”
Thurman, via Instagram, responded to Spence’s comments.