He came, he saw, he conquered.
Errol Spence Jr achieved something that hadn’t been done in nearly a decade. The American faced a stiff challenge in taking on Kell Brook in Sheffield and left with gold on his waist. Spence became the first American in nearly a decade to successfully win a belt against a U.K fighter on U.K land.
Definitely not an easy obstacle to overcome but for Spence it actually was. He remained in control from start to finish and punished Brook early on with body shots and then proceeded to attack his head. Eventually the fight was stopped in the 11th round.
“I came out and I tried to do my best tonight. I’m happy I won but I’m critical of my performance,” Spence said. “I was overshooting my left. I give myself a B minus. I had a little trouble overusing my counter left.
“Brook is a great fighter, a true champion, but also a tricky fighter. He finds you from tricky angles and he can fight. I came here to his back yard in front of 30,000. That’s what real champions do. I fought a real champion tonight and I proved non-believers that I can fight. I’ve proven I have a chin and I have true grit.
“This fight was tougher than I thought it was going to be. I showed I can take a punch and I can throw a punch. I can face adversity and I can win. Brook went to America to take the title from an American, like a true champion. I came here to his hometown to get that title back from him. I wanted to win like true champion, and I did because that is what champions do,” Spence said according to Worldboxingnews.com.
While Brook’s future remains uncertain, Spence has a clear plan and he means business.
“Now is man down, start of season two. I want to unify divisions. I want all the champions. I want [Keith] Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. I want to fight the best, just like true champions do,” said Spence with confidence.
‘The Truth’ wants to become a great name in boxing and certainly is willing to test himself. He’s not done taking on tough tasks and a fight with the likes of Thurman and Pacquiao is something boxing fans would definitely welcome with open arms.