IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook doesn’t believe all the hype that he’s hearing about his challenger Errol Spence Jr., and he says he’s going to expose him in the same way that Joe Calzaghe exposed Jeff lacy in the past. Brook will be defending his IBF title against the unbeaten Spence on May 26 at Bramall Lane in Sheffieldn, England in front of what could be 27,000 boxing fans. Brook does not believe that the unbeaten Spence has the kind of talent that will trouble him. Spence is a southpaw, and Brook says he’s well accustomed to getting the better of the southpaws that he’s sparred in his gym.
“He’s definitely looking the part, but I don’t believe all the hype…we’ve seen it with Jeff Lacy and Joe Calzaghe,” said Brook to Fighthype.com about Spence. “I’ve got experience; I’m more mature. I’ve got what it takes to defend me title,” said Brook.
It’s interesting that Brook drawls a parallel to that of Jeff Lacy when he compares his situation to that of Calzaghe’s. Spence is completely different than Jeff Lacy. Spence is tall for the welterweight division, and he doesn’t rely on his left hook the way that Lacy did. Spence is more of a body puncher than Lacy, and he has a better pedigree than Lacy with him being a 2012 Olympian.
If Brook is going to expose Spence, he’s going to need to show something extraordinary because he’s facing a very talented fighter. One thing that could give Brook the most problems is all the weight that he’s going to need to take off to get down to the 147 pound limit. Brook has put on a lot of weight since his loss to Gennady Golovkin last September, and he’s going to need to take off the fat to get his weight to 147. Can Brook take the weight off? Most definitely, he can, but he’s likely to be weakened from having taken off the weight.