Errol Spence Jr. Grabs The IBF Welterweight Title in England From Kell Brook
May 27, 2017
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)
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Errol Spence Jr. Grabs The IBF Welterweight Title in England From Kell Brook

2012 American Olympian, Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. stops Kell “Special K” Brook in the eleventh round to capture the IBF welterweight world championship belt in front of 27,000 fans at Brammall Lane in Sheffield, England.

The now former champion, Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) was undefeated as a welterweight, only losing to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in September 2016 when he moved up to middleweight to face the drama show. Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) was not quiet on his readiness for a world title. After knocking our Leonard Bundu in the sixth round last August, “The Truth” hash tagged “Strap Season” as his warning to the welterweight division.

In this reader’s opinion, overly hyped, yet just about true to the hype, Spence Jr. will need to strengthen his defense as he moves into the competition he needs to prove to the boxing world that he belongs with the elite. Brook has been the most solid competition that Spence Jr. has now faced, and Brook was able to establish a home to his counter jabs. Having no trouble with the southpaw until the later rounds, Brook snuck in right hands and uppercuts from time to time. Spence didn’t seem to be able to time the counters that Brook was so quick to land.

As the fight continued into the second half, Spence Jr. began to turn it around, pushing more pressure onto Brook and catching him in the ropes a little more. In the seventh round, Brook later told Jim Gray that he was caught on the left eye and from then on, the eye was a bother to him. As Spence Jr. continued to steal round after round, he was finally able to gain a knockdown against Brook in the tenth round. Brook kneed the canvas after being caught by a flurry of combinations by the former Olympian. As Brook got up, the swelling of his left eye was massive and obvious there was soon to be a new champion. It was a back and forth battle to the end.

Brook came in the eleventh round strong, but shortly thereafter, he took a knee as Spence was coming in with a punch. Concerned about his damaged eye, Brook no longer wanted to continue, thus handing Spence Jr. a KO victory and the IBF welterweight world championship. The fight was stopped at 1:47 in round eleven.

After three years of defending his world championship that he took from American, Shawn “Showtime” Porter, Brook congratulated Spence Jr. stating he was by far the best he’s faced. Now, the belt comes back to the States with Spence Jr. and there is one other welterweight champ holding two more bouts in America that “The Truth” is ready to meet: Keith “One Time” Thurman.

“He came to America to take the belt, so I had to come here and take it back from him.” – Errol Spence Jr. after capturing the IBF welterweight title from Kell Brook.

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