Kell Brook returns to the welterweight division this Saturday as he defends his IBF world title against former US Olympian Errol Spence Jr. at Bramall Lane.
Spence has been hotly tipped as a future superstar and currently holds an impressive, unbeaten record of 21-0 (18KO).
His opponent, Brook, lost his own perfect record in his last fight, jumping to middleweight to fight the hard-hitting Gennady Golovkin. The Englishman will be desperate to prove he remains an elite fighter in front of his partisan Bramall Lane Crowd.
Brook did his reputation in no harm in his stoppage defeat to GGG. He rattled one of the best fighters in the world on several occasions, and was even ahead of the scorecards before a broken eye socket put an end to his efforts.
Much has been made of Spence’s southpaw stance in the build-up, but I can’t see this causing Brook any trouble. It’s a well-known fact the IBF champion has an impeccable record against the unorthodox style, and trainer Dominic Ingle will have Brook well prepared for the American’s awkwardness.
Both fighters will look to impose themselves in the early part of the fight, not allowing one another to establish a rhythm. Expect it to be over in a flash – Brook’s last four title defences and Spence’s last three have ended within the six-round barrier. Back under 6.5 rounds at 3.50 with Sportsbet.io.
For Errol Spence, he faces the biggest test of his career in enemy territory. Saturday night provides an opportunity to show he’s not a hype-job, and he is, in fact, the most exciting fighter in the division.
I see this going one way – a Kell Brook victory. For the champion, and underdog, comes the benefit of the most emphatic advantage in front of his own fans.
Spence, the favourite, is entering the Lions den and will need the performance of his career to overcome Brook. The Brit also has the experience in the big fights, and for this reason, I’ll be backing Brook at 2.50 with Sportsbet.io.