Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence

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Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence
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4.5
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Location: 
Sheffield, England
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
147
Titles at Stake: 
IBF Welterweight Championship
Referee: 
Howard John Foster 

Official Judging
Adalaide Byrd 92 - 97
 Dave Parris 94 - 95
Alejandro Lopez Cid 93 - 96

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Fan Cards: Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
8
94
ERROL SPENCE JR
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
95


scorecard by LEFT EYE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
8
92
ERROL SPENCE JR
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
97


scorecard by BIGLEFTHOOK
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
8
92
ERROL SPENCE JR
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
97


scorecard by F.SALAS98
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
8
94
ERROL SPENCE JR
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
95


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
8
92
ERROL SPENCE JR
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
97


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
8
92
ERROL SPENCE JR
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
97


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
8
92
ERROL SPENCE JR
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
97


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
8
91
ERROL SPENCE JR
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
98


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
8
92
ERROL SPENCE JR
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
97


scorecard by CFCSONSTER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
8
95
ERROL SPENCE JR
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
94


scorecard by ALBERTOCASTANY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
KELL BROOK
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
8
95
ERROL SPENCE JR
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
94


Comments

albertocastany's picture

Very excited about this one! Fight is so even it's hard to predict with confidence how it will turn out. Quite intriguing how their styles will matchup. Who will stalk? Who will control distance? Who will be the offensive fighter and who will be counterattacker?

Recently we have been experiencing good matchups from the top fighters of their respective divisions...not sure if there's a specific driver behind it...but it looks as if finally the sport is realizing their need to cultivate the matchups in order to profit long-term

Champion97's picture

So you've finallly started giving Errol Spence credit?

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I think this is a fantastic fight! I believe, with the exception of Golovkin vs Alvarez, Brook vs Spence is the biggest upcoming fight in boxing in 2017. This is a highly anticipated, eagerly awaited 50/50 fight between two of the likely top 3 welterweights in the world, in a competitive division, Keith Thurman, being unbeaten, having two titles, having beaten two great, top level fighters fair and square, has claimed his status as top dog in the division, the winner of this fight will have a very plausible case for over taking Thurman in the welterweight ranks.

Kell Brook became known around the world when he defeated Shawn Porter in Carson, California, in 2014. Brook has always been known in the UK, to be a fantastic boxer, with a lot of talent, a lot of potential, and also a warrior, who can dig deep, thrive in the trenches in a hard fight when he needs to. After being ordered to take on two much below optimum opponents, by the IBF, and defending his title in three mismatches, Kell Brook was obviously targeting a challenging fight, and shortly after his once highly likely fight against Jessie Vargas fell apart, he shocked everyone with a surprise decision to jump up two weights, and take on one of the most dangerous fighters in the world, Gennady Golovkin, Brook was a massive underdog. Kell fared well against GGG, he mde the fight competitive, moved well, was hurt, affected by, but withstood a lot of solid punches from the extremely hard hitting middleweight, was successful in landing sharp accurate combinations, won a round decisively and genuinely, landing a hard shot on Golovkin which rocked the head, knocked him backwards slightly. Despite all the drama, the fight lasted only 4-5 rounds, Kell was very fortunate to have been ahead in the scorecards, when most gave him 1-2 rounds, more to the point, Brook sustained a torrid, unfortunate eye injury suffering a break to the orbital bone, although it seemed as if Golovkin had much more control over the fight, and was almost certainly going to win the fight genuinely, Brook was unlucky, his trainer did the right thing, and threw in the towell in round 5, when Kell was taking a lot of punishment, and in a no position to box on because of his eye injury. There are a lot of questions about Kell Brook after his bold decision to take on Golovkin, after considering moving up to 154 last year, he must have been struggling to make the weight, he has always fought at 147, he didn't look so bad at 160, it is not his weight, but even so, the question remains, if Kell Brook makes the weight, will he be drained?, many people are questioning whether or not there in a vulnerability with Brook's eye, but Kell has stated that not only is it 100% fixed, but it could even be stronger now.

Errol Spence Jr has been tabbed to achieve big things in the sport of boxing by many people, Floyd Mayweather is one of them, people have very high expectations of him. I believe Spence is very talented, and is improving with every fight. Before he stopped durable opponent Phil Lo Greco back in 2015, Spence wasn't so well known outside of the US, but with this statement, and four very good performances, four wins inside the scheduled distance, the last two against more than respectable opposition, one of them having beaten Ruslan Provodnikov, gone the distance with Manny Pacquiao, and won 4-5 rounds against Amir Khan, the other having gone 12 rounds with Keith Thurman. Before Spence fought Chris Algieri, he was the favourite, he was still considered a top 5 welterweight by most people, but with fantastic, one sided, explosive knock out victories over Chris Algieri and Leonard Bundu, Spence's stock has risen massively, he has made two great statements there, and he is considered by many to quite possibly be the best in his division already, some argue it is too early to say that, which is a fair point to make, to an extent, but Spence not only stopped two guys who Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman failed to holt, he decisively won 9/9 completed rounds, and executed two fantastic finishes, with technique, with accuracy, precision, timing, positioning, patience, but enough power, enough aggression, enough spite to put a man as durable as Leonard Bundu on his back with his legs folded under beneath him. Spence may not be the champion in this fight, he may be the B-side, but he his also the favourite, and understandably so.

I believe Kell Brook will win this fight, I think it will be extremely close, and it 2 years time, I think Spence may well be a bit too much for him, but I believe Kell will have the egde here. I don't predict Kell Brook to win with a lot of confidence in that prediction, Spence is a massive risk, a massive threat, but I'm 60% sure Brook will defend his title. It is so interesting to look at this fight, Brook, the older man by three years, has had 16 more professional fights than Spence, Kell, having made his debut at age 17 in 2004, Spence having made his pro debut late in 2012, it is clear that for general ring experience, there really is no comparison, and the difference in round count expresses this even more, Brook, with 184 rounds behind him, while Spence has 77. On the other hand, for amateur experience, amateur pedigree, Spence has far more to back him up than Brook has, with Spence having made it to the quarter finals in the 2012 Olympics not so long before beginning his professional career, so Spence must have won twice in the Olympics. For level of opposition in the pro game, Kell Brook has faced the top two of the 57 opponents between them, no question, with Gennady Golovkin surely being the best, followed by likely top 5 welterweight, former world champion Shawn Porter, this has been established and was referred to many times by Brook's trainer when Brook and Spence clashed at the press conference in Sheffield, it is hard to take much from the Golovkin fight in Kell Brook's favour, given that he lost, was not the man on control or in the driving seat, and the fight didn't last 5 rounds (although that doesn't do Kell Brook justice), but those 12 fantastic rounds against Shawn Porter, great experience for Kell Brook, and a learning fight which has given him experience which Spence can't have gathered from any of his fights, however, I believe that aside from Golovkin and Porter, Algieri and Bundu are the best two opponents of the rest of the 55 opponents between Kell and Errol. Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Michael Jennings, I think most of these opponents are a level below an on form Algieri and Bundu, a couple of them you could argue in favour of, but nevertheless, before he fought Shawn Porter, at which point, he was older than Errol Spence, his level of opposition hadn't been great, I believe Spence's resumé is better now than Brook's was before he fought Porter, I think that is very interesting to think about, and if we eliminate the Golovkin fight (not that we have to, I just don't think it is as relevant as a lot of people think), it terms of real top level meaningful fights, all Brook has over Spence is that one fight against Porter. Nevertheless, the victory over Porter is a fantastic win, and travelling over to another country far away, and competing in a 50/50 fight for a first world title attempt, Kell has done that once before, Spence hasn't, it's the second big 50/50 fight for Kell Brook, he has the home advantage now as well, and I'm sure the whole Golovkin fight experience, pre fight, post fight, has only made him stronger, these things could all work in Kell's favour.

I find this fight so interesting for so many reasons. There are questions about Errol Spence's chin, and his durability, there are questions about how Kell will fare down the stretch in this fight if it goes long, which it is likely to, mainly due to the questions about the weight. Something I find interesting about how Errol Spence can cause Kell Brook major problems, is that Errol Spence seems to be known for his pace in the US, Jermell Charlo told somebody (I believe it was Ellie Seckbach), that he doesn't know anybody who works harder, trains harder than Errol Spence, stamina, fitness, these are not things you are born with, these are attributes which are worked for and built up, and I believe that being a particularly hard worker, is a big indication of having particularly good stamina. Given that it is clear that Errol Spence is an absolutely massive puncher, I believe (and I think most would back me up on this), he is the biggest puncher in the 147 lb division, I think if Brook wilts in the second half of the fight, if he slows down, if fatuigue gets the better of him, with his style, he might have to stand toe to toe witn someone who is a bigger puncher than him anyway, and someone who has a lot more punches left in him, if Kell finds himself in this position, he could be in real trouble, I think Kell's footwork is great, but I don't think he has the fastest feet, and if he is weight drained or even just exhausted in the last few rounds, he might really struggle to use his defence against Spence's offence. There are questions about how well Errol Spence takes a good shot, his chin hasn't really been tested, he did get caught with a good shot from Emanuel Lartey, a then unbeaten opponent with a low KO ratio, it seemed to hurt Spence a bit, he wasn't out on his feet, he wasn't seriously hurt, but it caught his attention, and I think he was hurt. Lartey seemed to land an accurate, well timed shot which he commited a lot of effort into throwing, and sometimes you don't need to be the biggest puncher in the world to take advantage of your opponent's complacency, and make them by by catching them with a solid shot, so I personally, don't think people should read too much into Lartey bothering Spence with his offence, although it is interesting, and should be taken into account, and it is obvious that even without this success from Spence's opponent who won only won round, there are going to be questions about his chin. We don't know how how Spence will react when Kell lands clean with a big shot, it is very hard to predict, if Spence does have a vulnerable chin, then it could be an early night, of course, we all want him to be able to take Kell's best shots, at least early on, so we can all see a great, long fight. I think Spence probably doesn't have a granite chin, but at the same time, can take stand up to one big shot better than Amir Khan, George Groves, David Price (these are fighters who have all shown a lot of heart throughout their careers, but their chins can let them down when they take one big shot), if Kell lands clean on Spence early, and thinks he can hurt him, he is going to be even more motiavted to get him out of there at some point, and early in the fight, I think will learn a lot about how much vulnerability and susceptibility Brook can find in Spence, and of course, whether he can at all, which he may find he can't, but Errol has never haced a puncher like Kell Brook before, more improtantly no opponent who can use his power so well, Brook is fantastic with straight shots, and catching opponents coming in, Spence likes to come forward, bully his opponent, if he finds himself unable to work around Brook's counter punching ability, and is in a position where he is being countered going forward, he'll take a lot of hard shots, his durability will be tested, if he allows Kell to capitalise upon this, he could be in a lot of trouble.

Something I find interesting about this fight, and something which makes me question Brook's ability to out box Spence, is the way Spence steps in with his punches. Shawn Porter is a fantastic fighter, his style is awkward, his style is unorthodox, there are downsides, yes, he can smother the other guys punches, but at the same time, when he is preoccupied with this, he does sometimes struggle to get his own punches off, and when he faces an opponent who has the tools and the physical ability, they can cause him to smother his own work, this wasn't an issue against Devon Alexander, or any other pre Brook opponent, but it was against Brook and Thurman, Porter rushes in, fast, strong, he pressures his opponent, and then he goes to work, fighting very well up close, but Kell Brook was able to negate this ability by catching Porter on the way in and maneuvering out of Porter's punching range. Kell may believe that he can do the same thing against Errol Spence as he did against Shawn Porter, but I don't think this will be the case, because Spence is very good at timing shots, and rather than charging in before his offensive attempts like Shawn Porter, Spence punches his way forward, so he steps in as he lands clean, I noticed how well he was able to do this against Chris Algieri, I think this will really challenge Kell, and if Spence can take away Kell's ability to catch him on the counter, and Kell can't work around Spence's ability combine his offence and closing down range, I think Brook will really struggle with Spence, and if this is the case, Spence may well win the fight.

I think after 12 rounds of boxing, Brook and Spence will be raising their hands, both will think they've won, experts, fans, everyone will be split possibly 50/50 on who has legitimately won, it will go to the scorecards, and all three judges will score the fight 115-113 in favour of Kell Brook, who will retain his title by unanimous decision. I think Spence will be disappointed, he'll definitely want a rematch, but he'll take the defeat well, he'll come again, fitter, stronger, more experienced, his stock will rise, his reputation will be even better, and he won't be rated any lower by anyone who thinks he is going to win the fight, even those who think he will stop Kell Brook. I think this will be the best win of Kell Brook's career so far, even slightly better than his victory over Shawn Porter when he won his title back in 2014, I think after beating Spence (all be it disputably, although I think very few if any will have a problem with the decision), Brook will have just about a strong a case for being ranked as the number one welterweight in the world, as Keith Thurman. Thurman vs Porter II is a fantastic fight, very popular, it has to be, the first fight was close, competitive, but Thurman vs the winner of this fight is the big welterweight battle which everybody wants to see the most, Thurman, so far, hasn't said he wants that fight, he hasn't dodged the question either though, I believe he is taking his time, after a well deserved break after the hard earned and very impressive Danny Garcia victory, he is just focusing on his next fight, no fighter should look past an opponent as good as Shawn Porter. If Brook wins this fight, he may well move straight up to 154, I don't believe the weight will be problem in this fight, and of course, Thurman, Spence again, big fights, he might want to remain at 154, so a Thurman vs Brook unification is possible for the future, that would be an absolutely massive fight, and of course at the same time, if Spence beats Brook in May 27, Thurman vs Spence in a unification fight will be equally great.

albertocastany's picture

I'm stunned.... this fight looked like an overwhelming win by Brook, and then it all flipped over and Spence Jr gets to fly home with the Belt.
This fight was amazing. Brook showed amazing boxing skills through the whole fight, but after Spence was able to injury his eye, his performance went down drastically.
I thought Spence Jr. was a better fighter, but then again he showed several limitations in his game. Nonetheless, he has the quality of patience and confidence in his power. A win is a win.

Champion97's picture

Haha, I saw this coming, he looked great, he won the fight fair and square, your man Brook was beaten by the better man on the night, just accept it, stop being so salty, what's your problem with Errol Spence?

Champion97's picture

Come on!

What a victory! Well done Spence! All questions answered.

Man down!

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rorschach's picture

Scoring this one now while it's still available on YouTube.

Left Eye's picture

Spence's bodywork is beautiful. Switches up form head to body effortlessly, so fluid.