Errol Spence Jr. to defend title against Lamont Peterson on Jan. 20
November 4, 2017
Danny Z (117 articles)

Errol Spence Jr. to defend title against Lamont Peterson on Jan. 20

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

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BROOKLYN — Current IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence, Jr. will make the first defense of his newly captured title against veteran Lamont Peterson from the Barclays Center on January 20.

Spence, in his only bout of 2017, stopped England’s Kell Brook back in May and directly inserted himself into the thick of the 147 pound division. Brook had held the IBF world title since 2014 when he defeated Shawn Porter in a competitive matchup at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The 27-year-old Spence, who is from DeSoto, Texas, had stated following his title win that he’d like to fight once more before the end of this year. However, this was not the case as Spence, per ESPN, will instead fight Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) in what should be a solid fight for the former 2012 Olympian.

“He’ll fight anybody. I’ve never known him to duck a fight, say no to a fight,” Spence said about Peterson. “I’m looking forward to it. He’s got true grit. He’s a real fighter. He’s a guy who gives it his all and has a big heart.”

Peterson, 33, has been in the ring with the likes of Tim Bradley, Jr., Amir Khan and Danny Garcia just to name a few. He is also a former world title holder within the welterweight division and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over David Avanesyan in the first quarter of 2017.

Spence is the odds on favorite for this upcoming matchup, but Peterson has long been a solid staple within the welterweight class who can put up a decent bout. Nevertheless, assuming Spence successfully defends his title, a future event with unified champion Keith Thurman would be on the horizon. Thurman, who is recovering from elbow surgery, hasn’t fought since he decisioned Danny Garcia in March and unified the WBC and WBA world titles.

As for Spence, he is once again fighting under Al Haymon and the Jan. 20 bout will likely be on Showtime. Spence is a promotional free agent and has no long-term contract for fights. Golden Boy Promotions was reportedly after Spence in a possible fight with Miguel Cotto this December, but no deal was reached.

Spence says he’d like to fight three times in 2018, and conducting his first bout in January will surely set up this potential timeline. Maybe toward the latter half of next year the public will be able to see a unification event with Thurman.

(Feature photo: Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail)



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