Errol Spence Jr. Stops Kell Brook to Win IBF Title
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 11:06
Brook was the favourite going into the fight, and was expected to find a way past the American.
Eight months on from stepping up two classes for a loss to Gennady Golovkin at middleweight, Brook has lost those 13 pounds to get back to the division where he owns the IBF World Welterweight belt that he will defend against Spence at Sheffield's Bramall Lane on Saturday.
After being battered in round 11 and clearly affected by the damage to his left eye, Brook took a knee without being punched with 1:29 remaining in the round which led to referee Howard Foster to call an end to the fight.
However, as was the case against Golovkin, a swollen eye started to affect the Englishman as the fight wore on and Spence was the one who grew into it and began to look stronger towards the latter stages.
Brook said in the ring afterwards: "It was a very tough fight and he is one of the best I've been (in the ring) with, if not the best".
Brook said: "I'm devastated but I'm also happy because I'm hearing the fans had a great night and I'm walking out, looking up and thinking will this ever be done again?"
"I'm just so happy that my uncle's dream has come true", said the champion, who weighed in at 10st 6lbs 7oz on Friday afternoon. So he took a knee and took the 10 count. He designs all my shorts, every time I've fought, every single fight I have had.
"I give myself a B-", Spence told Sky Sports.
Thunderous boos filled the stadium as the challenger from Texas, Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 19 KOs), made his way into the ring. "I got on top of my weight early in camp so I came here fit and healthy and firing on all cylinders". "He is scared of no man - he showed how fearless he was taking on Golovkin (his previous fight.) All the family have so much love and pride in him, Team Brook we will make him strong again".
Spence, who had not fought since last August, did not think he performed as well as he could have, partly due to the layoff.
Spence Jr immediately stated his intention after the fight to unify the welterweight division.
Brook's trainer, Dominic Ingle, doubled down on that viewpoint, saying that there's nothing Spence can bring to the table tomorrow that is going to shock Brook.
Spence wants Keith Thurman next.
Considering his future, Brook admitted he must now move up in weight as he stressed the difficulty of competing at the highest level at welterweight.
"I love a challenge; I've proven these guys wrong before and I'm going to do it again", he declared.