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Brook to defend world title against Spence Jr.

February 13, 2017

Boxing, Kell Brook, Eddie Hearn, Sheffield, Errol Spence Jr, Matchroom Boxing

by Shaun Brown

Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will defend his IBF Welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr later this year in the UK.

The 30-year-old from Sheffield had been, as in previous years, chasing a fight with domestic rival Amir Khan. A fight that was always at the talking stage, but has never looked like taking place.

The second prize, Brook's mandatory, is arguably the tougher. Khan may have brought in a bigger sum of money but Spence, 27, and unbeaten in 21 fights - with 18 stopped inside the distance - is Brook's toughest fight at welterweight since dethroning Shawn Porter in August 2014.

Brook rolled the dice, jumped up 13lbs and went toe-to-toe with middleweight king Gennady Golovkin last September. A brave defeat, with surgery for a broken eye socket for good measure, but his welterweight reign is in much need of a fight like this.

Spence Jr is highly thought of, not just in America, but throughout the world and will present Brook with numerous problems to deal with when they square off. At time of writing, the date of May 20 in Sheffield had been mooted but nothing had been confirmed by either side.

Brook's promoter, Eddie Hearn said on Twitter: "Terms agreed for @SpecialKBrook v @ErrolSpenceJr -full announcement coming soon -fight will take place in the UK. Best fight in the division." Talking Boxing reached out to Hearn for a few words but he was unavailable, while Brook wished to "wait till finalised".

A purse bid between both teams had been avoided with the IBF informed today that a deal had been reached. 

Brook's reluctance to vacate his IBF title, and move up to what looks like a healthier weight of 154lbs is admirable. There are few greater threats at 147lbs and even 154lbs than Spence Jr.