By Tom Benett
Boxing’s most competitive weight class, the welterweight division, is seemingly up for grabs once more.
Floyd Mayweather has retired after a nine-year reign at 147lbs. Manny Paquiao is seemingly in the twilight of his career, and Miguel Cotto has outgrown the division.
These changes in the sport’s landscape have left the class with no true king.
Brook v Spence – a welterweight classic?
Errol Spence Jr has bulldozed the IBF’s welterweight rankings en route to becoming the mandatory challenger for Kell Brook’s title.
Their planned showdown is, to many fans, the most evenly-matched contest in the division.
Spence has eliminated all who have stood in his way, earning unheralded praise from former PPV king Mayweather,
This has convinced many within boxing that he is the next kingpin of the sport.
However, Brook’s size, strength and extraordinary reflexes thus far left him undefeated at welterweight.
His sole loss came only when going for middleweight glory against the feared Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin.