Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Brook loses IBF welterweight title to Spence Jr

Brook loses IBF welterweight title to Spence Jr

Errol Spence has beaten Kell Brook in Sheffield to become the new IBF welterweight champion.

Backed by most of the 27,000 spectators at Bramall Lane in his Sheffield hometown, Brook met Spence on even terms in the first eight rounds.

Tonights victor will be in line for major bouts moving forward in the loaded welterweight division against the likes of unified champion Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Porter and a host of others.

Referee Steve Gray had no choice but to call the fight off with Chudinov on his feet as the ex-title holder just wouldn't go down. You've got to take it away from me, rip it out of my hands. I'm gutted to lose my belt here'. I've made sure I've put myself through it. Brook's counter to such odds is that none of his challenger's previous opponents could hold a candle to him.

After the victory, Spence said: 'It was a tricky fight but I proved tonight that I have a chin and true grit.

The last time Spence stepped into the ring was in August, when he defeated Leonard Bundu by a vicious knockout in Spence's hometown of NY. He's never been in with anything close to someone like me.

Brook, 31, has not fought since September when he lost by technical knockout to Gennady Golovkin.

The former thinks another classic could be in the offing with Spence and he would not be surprised if both men are knocked down before a conclusion is reached. He is among boxing's best pound-for-pound fighters but Spence's critics point out that he has fought mostly weak competition. We'll both maybe hit the canvas. "This is going to be one of the fights of the year".

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