The date was May 27th, 2017, and after being heavily avoided as a highly touted prospect, 🇺🇸Errol Spence Jr. would finally get his shot at a World Title as he would face IBF Welterweight Champion 🇬🇧Kell Brook, who was undefeated at the weight. Putting the hardware to the side and putting everything into consideration, I would make the case that these were the two premiere Welterweights in the world during that time.
Kell Brook was heavily avoided as well in his own right, so he tried his hand at Middleweight against 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy Golovkin, and although he fought bravely, he had his right orbital bone broken, so Kell would come back to 147. The fight with Spence was a beautifully fought fight in the pocket, where each fighter pressed the other in spurts and tried to exert their physical and mental dominance over the other. In the first third of the fight, Brook had the advantage, and was in top form. In the middle of the fight, a shift was taking place as Spence started hitting his target more.
After 8 rounds, the fight was virtually even, however Spence broke Kell’s other orbital bone and everything went downward for the British fighter. Errol ramped up the pressure and never let up, relentlessly targeting the eye and dishing out serous punishment to the body. Eventually Spence managed to make Brook buckle under the pressure, and pain of the orbital to where he took a knee for not an 8-count, but the full 10-count, signaling that he had enough punishment, and Errol Spence, while abroad, was able to escape with the IBF World Welterweight Title. Kell Brook, who was an outstanding fighter, has not been the same since. Spence on the other hand, since then has showcased his consistency at that top level, and has showed viewers some new wrinkles to his arsenal as he continues to march closer towards becoming a complete fighter.