Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) will face the toughest test of his young boxing career when he challenges IBF world champion #KellBrook on May 27. Spence Jr. looks to move from a talented prospect into the realm of elite welterweight boxers.
Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) is no slouch and his lone loss came to top-5 pound-for-pound fighter Gennady "#GGG" Golovkin. Brook moved up two weight classes to challenge GGG and fared decently against the much larger Golovkin early in their fight.
Spence is well aware of Brook's resume and appears confident in his ability to leave England as champion. Spence is so confident that he already has his sights set on his next opponents.
“He’s [Thurman] trying to fight somebody like Pacquiao which is understandable, but after I beat Kell Brook, I am going to be asking for that fight, demanding that fight. If he can’t get the Pacquiao fight, he ought to fight me," Spence said.
“If I have to wait on him [Thurman], I’ll try to fight Pacquiao or try to fight the next big name that’s in the division, but I’m not sitting around waiting on anybody anymore. This is the first and last time that I’m going to sit around and wait on somebody. When I have the belt, I’m going to defend it, fight and stay busy.”
Spence has the talent to compete with any welterweight in the world, but his most talented opponent to date is Chris Algieri. Brook will be a major jump in competition and just a taste of what Spence can expect from a fighter the caliber of Thurman.