Errol Spence Jr: Time to Deliver
Kell Brook never really capitalised on his reign as the IBF welterweight champion of the world. Uninspiring defences against the likes of Frankie Gavin and Jo Jo Dan sadly were not the sort of fights to catapult Brook into another stratosphere in terms of his profile his talents truly deserved.
The Sheffield fighter, probably out of sheer frustration, took an ill-advised fight with the feared Gennady Golovkin in his search for the big fights, before coming back down to 147 to face the rising star from across the pond.
Brook, of course, lost his title to Errol Spence Jr in May 2017, and Spence Jr needs to be careful the same thing doesn’t happen to him.
The incredibly talented American has only fought twice since a faded Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo were about as routine as you can get.
Mikey Garcia who jumps two weight divisions this weekend to challenge for the IBF version of the welterweight title is a marked improvement.
Garcia brings an impressive unbeaten resume and the four weight world champion will give us some indication to just how good Spence Jr really is.
The expectation is that the size of the task and more importantly the size of Spence Jr will eventually prove too much for Garcia, but he is still expected to test his touted opponent, certainly more than Peterson and Ocampo did.
Subject to Spence Jr doing the expected in Dallas this weekend, thoughts will then turn to who is next. The welterweight division is hardly short of quality name opponents for the American to test his formidable skills against.
Terrence Crawford is a real threat to his claim to be the best welterweight on the planet. But the likes of Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman are all more than worthy challenges, although Adrien Broner need not apply.
The heavyweight ranks was not so long ago a division of excitement but is now firmly in a state of mutual avoidance, and hopefully, that isn’t repeated here and we get the fights we want in the welterweight class.
In the 1980’s Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns settled their undisputed argument in the ring as did Donald Curry and Milton McCrory, and we hope that this generation do exactly the same. There is far too much talent around to let it go to waste.