Kell Brook v Errol Spence Jr - Saturday 23:00, Sky Box Office
Bramall Lane plays host to a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender on Saturday night as Kell Brook defends his IBF Welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr. Brook, Sheffield born and bred, will make his 4th defence of the world title in front of a capacity 27,000 at the home of his beloved Blades, with hopes of putting on a show and proving the bookmakers wrong. For his second fight in a row, Kell comes into it as underdog, currently best priced 18/11 with Marathon Bet with Errol Spence 8/13 with multiple bookies.
Kell ‘The Special One’ Brook will be looking to avenge his defeat to Gennady Golovkin last September in which he suffered a broken eye-socket, forcing his trainer Dominic Ingle to throw in the towel in round 5. Despite this loss however, Kell can take heart from his performance as he went toe-to-toe with arguably the no.1 pound-for-pound in world boxing and at the time of the stoppage, was ahead on the scorecards. If it wasn’t for that unfortunate injury, who knows how that fight would have panned out.
No-one would have begrudged the Sheffield man staying at 160lbs and challenging the best in the Middleweight division, however after many teased and tormented him on trying to avoid fighting Spence (including Amir Khan), Kell decided to prove all the doubters wrong and step back down to 147lbs to defend his title. Whether Brook can make 147lbs again after putting on so much muscle mass for his previous fight is a question that has been on everybody’s lips and one that has persuaded people to side with Spence. The noises coming out of the Brook camp however are all positive in regards to the weight and he believes that making 147lbs on Friday isn’t a problem.
Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr is being heralded as ‘the next big thing’ to come out of America. The 27-year-old unbeaten southpaw has been very impressive in all that he has done so far with notable victories over Leonard Bundu and Chris Algieri on his record. The American is not short of confidence and he’s also not short of support from the states. The likes of Shawn Porter (who Kell conquered to win the IBF title back in 2014) and the king himself, Floyd Mayweather (who had several sparring sessions with Spence in 2013) have both recently voiced their support for Spence claiming that he will just have too much hunger and fight for Brook to handle.
Known as a big body puncher, this could be the key to an Errol Spence victory. With much said about Kell having to lose more pounds than he’s comfortable with, shots to the body is where it will really hurt. If Spence can work away at Kell’s body early on, this could lead to a much weaker and more tired Kell Brook than we’ve ever seen before later on in the fight. The other question behind Brook is how he will fight after having his eye-surgery. He claims he is feeling better than ever before with effectively a metal plate in his socket, but as soon as the first shot is landed, not even Kell knows how he will stand up to it. He may walk straight through it as he knows he’s took the best on what GGG threw at him and he won’t face anything harder than that, or he could feel the pain straight away which may draw him back into his shell and into defensive mode.
Kell has come out an openly said that there is a chance both fighters could find themselves on the canvas at some point in the fight, and with a 50-50 fight expected 15/2 with Boylesports might be easy money. The Sheffield Star is known to have a great chin however and it would be no surprise if this does prove to be an all-out war, ‘Fight of the Year’ and be decided on points, and thus I will be taking the 10/3 on Brook to win by Decision or Technical Decision. At the end of the day, Kell Brook is a world class fighter and it would have to be somebody very special to beat him, especially in front of 27,000 in his home stadium. Errol Spence could well be the next big star in the welterweight division but I believe this bout may have come a couple of fights too early.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus