Kell Brook moves back down to welterweight to defend his IBF title against Errol Spence Jr this Saturday night at Sheffield United’s Brammall Lane.
The fight is Brooks first return to the ring since his defeat to Gennady Golovkin in September after stepping up to Middleweight in an attempt to claim the WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles.
Now, Brook returns to his favoured welterweight with trainer and pundit David Coldwell fearful that dropping back down a weight could hinder the defence of his title.
However, Brook is in confident mood ahead of the bout despite having suffered a broken eye-socket in the fight Golovkin and having surgery to fix it.
Prior to the Golovkin fight, special K had an unblemished fight record having boasted 36 fights and 36 wins (25 by way of knockout) with the step-up to Middleweight to face Golovkon seen as a win win situation for the Yorkshireman.
Win, and he would have claimed belts in the Middleweight division but lose (as he did) and he simply returned to welterweight to continue the defence of his IBF title.
However, now Brook’s foray into middleweight is over, he faces a tough test against American Errol Spence Jr.
27-year-old Spence Jr has never been beaten boasting a 21-fight career with 21 wins and 18 of those coming by way of knockout.
Finally, the American known as ‘The Truth’ gets his first title fight after making his debut in 2012, however, where things may go against him is in his lack of experience when it comes to the later rounds.
In 2015 South African Chris van Heerden took Spence Jr as far as the eighth round but that is as far as Spence has ever gone.
Similar to Anthony Joshua, Spence has been good enough to get the job done quickly, but how he will cope if the fight enters the latter stages remains to be seen and may be a ploy of Brook’s if he cannot get the job done early doors.
Also, Spence has never fought outside of North America and he will be entering a cauldron at Brammall lane as Sheffield is also Brook’s home town.
Depite this, the American’s talent is undeniable with speed playing a predominant role.
Spence has been staked as favourite for the fight at 5/12 with Brook’s deemed the outsider at a tempting 8/5 with us.
Home advantage may play into Brook’s favour but the uncertainty surrounding how well Brook will cope following that loss to Golovkin remains to be seen.
A bet worth looking at is for the fight to go under 10.5 rounds at 29/25.
As mentioned above, Spence Jr has never gone more than eight rounds before and his game plan will be attack hard from the off.
Expect fireworks to fly in the city of steel between the two in what is the most eagerly anticipated fight in British boxing since Joshua defeated Klitschko at Wembley.
Whatever happens it will be a fast spectacle not to be missed as both fighters put undefeated Welterweight reputations on the line.