Brook v Spence Jr Kell Brook relishing Errol Spence challenge
By Neel Khagram

IBF world champion Kell Brook is unfazed by Errol Spence Jr’s reputation ahead of mandatory title defence this year.

‘The Special One’ will be making the fourth defence of his welterweight title and is confident of victory against the undefeated American.

 ‘I don't believe he's fought anyone on my level yet’ he told ESPN 

‘They think he's going to be the next big star of American boxing but he's fighting me who's a world champion who has belief that no man can beat him. It's a massive step up for him.’

Brook returns to 147lbs having lost to Gennady Golovkin at middleweight last September and does not feel that weight should be a reason to give up his belt.

‘People around me advised me to move up but I'm a stubborn man. It took me a long time to win that world title and I'm not going to just give it up.’

‘It's going to be a struggle to get down to welterweight limit and I will find it hard but I'm too stubborn just to give it up and there are some big fights out there at welterweight.’

A unification bout against current WBC and WBA titleholder Keith Thurman is a viable option next for the winner, but an all British showdown between Brook and Amir Khan is looking less likely in the short term.

‘I'm not stopping anything on my side from the fight happening. If my career does end and Khan isn't on my record I will be able to rest in peace knowing that I've tried everything I can to give the fans the fight they wanted to see.’

Brook v Spence Jr Spence Jr – I am coming for the knockout
By Neel Khagram

Errol Spence Jr has stated his desire to ‘’knockout’’ IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook ahead of their world title bout in late May or early June this year.

The undefeated American nicknamed ‘The Truth’ has stopped 18 out of his 21 victims and has vowed to beat Brook inside the distance.

‘My game plan is to always look impressive and look for the knockout’ he said.

‘If I get it I’ll take it. All my fights I am looking for the KO, I am not looking for it to go to a decision and take it in the judge’s hands.’

Spence Jr has never boxed the full twelve round championship distance but believes he is ready for the challenge ahead having registered stoppages against Leonard Bundu and Chris Algieri last year, something which current world champions at 147lbs could not do against either opponent

‘It was a range finder. Chris Algieri fought Manny Pacquiao and went the distance but I ended up stopping him. Leonard Bundu went the distance with Keith Thurman and marked up Keith Thurman but I stopped him too.’

Brook, who won the title in America against Shawn Porter comes into this contest having suffered his first professional loss to Gennady Golovkin at middleweight in September. Spence Jr though does not believe ‘The Special One’s’ perceived greater physical size or fighting in the UK will be an issue

‘They say he walks around 170lbs but I walk around 170lbs too. I am not a small guy either, I am very physical too. It’ll be interesting. He came to American to take the title in hostile territory but I am going there in his kitchen to bring the title back to home.’