Spence Jr Beats Brook To Win IBF Welterweight Belt

As with all boxing events, the progress of the undercard will dictate the exact start time of the main event.

Errol Spence Jr.is now tagged as a better than 2 to 1 (-220) betting favorite, while the champion, Kell Brook (+180), is listed as slightly less than a 2 to 1 underdog. Brook noted that it took him "a whole career to claim this belt against Shawn Porter", and isn't too keen on giving it up.

Brook added: "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 will unify the division after beating Spence".

After the victory, Spence said: 'It was a tricky fight but I proved tonight that I have a chin and true grit. "It's on the up from here now", Spence said.

Spence Jr was branded "the real deal" by no lesser an authority than Sugar Ray Leonard in the build-up and the 27-year-old lived up to his billing as he took his record to a flawless 22-0, with 19 of those wins coming inside the distance.

Danny Garcia who was dethroned of his WBC title is also in the mix, not to mention Brook's domestic rival Amir Khan.

The strategy went against pre-fight theories of going after the right eye that needed surgery after Brook's loss to unified 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin in September. "There was a lot of pain going through the first one and now he's got to go through another one, but that's boxing", he said. Many credit Brook for getting that trend started, even though he lost the match a year ago. "I got on top of my weight early in camp so I came here fit and healthy and firing on all cylinders". I tried to get through the fight and it kept going double vision and then coming back into line.

"It's the fight that all England wants, and Kell would smash him". And even though one can never guarantee a good fight on paper plays out to its expectations, only good comes when you consistently place your best foot forward in terms of matchmaking and promotion.

Eddie Hearn, Brook's promoter, said the Sheffield fighter would take time out after his injury, but believes "the iron man" will continue in his career at 11st.

"The first three or four rounds will decide who comes out as the victor", Booth said.

Undefeated #1 contender Errol "The Truth" Spence, Jr.

'Uncle Johnny, ' who escorted Brook on to the Sheffield United Kop at the age of eight, carried his nephew's IBF belt into the ring on Saturday at the venue, until defeat meant it had to be handed over to brilliant American challenger Errol Spence Jr. The main event is expected to begin at close to 5:30 p.m. ET.

  • Julie Sanders