Errol Spence is not messing around with his opponent Kell Brook in their fight 5 weeks from now on May 27 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England. Spence says he’s going to be going into the lion’s den in England to destroy the 30-year-old Brook just like the gladiators did in old times.
Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) plans on knocking out Brook (36-1, 25 KO’s) in front of his own boxing fans and taking his IBF welterweight title back home with him to the United States to start his own championship reign. Spence, 27, believes he’ll win over the British boxing fans in the process if beating Brook. He expects to be cheered at the end after he vanquishes his foe.
“I am going in like a gladiator. I am going into the arena, in a lion’s den,” said Spence via fightnews.com. “I’m trying to win. I am going in there trying to destroy my opponent and have the crowd cheer for me at the end like the Gladiator movies. They come in there as slaves, they come out victorious, and they come out as the people’s champ, that’s what I’m trying to do.”
I don’t know if Brook’s boxing fans will be celebrating Spence’s victory over their fighter. I don’t think that’s a realistic view of what will happen on May 27 if Spence knocks out Brook. You have to realize that Brook is really well liked by his loyal boxing fans in England. They’re not going to take too well to seeing Brook smashed to bits in front of their very eyes and left on the canvas in a pile of rubble.
The fans are probably going to be up in arms about it unless Spence beats Brook like a surgeon in slowly dominating him in every round of the fight. A slow, methodical win might make a Spence victory a little more tolerable for Brook’s boxing fans than if he wins by a close decision or a sudden knockout. The fans need time to process the loss and understand what happened. I think it’s always better for the visiting fighter to just dominate completely the home fighter rather than winning a close fight.
“I expect a 100% Kell Brook. I expect Kell Brook to show a lot of heart who’s fighting at home basically willing to put his life on the line to defend his belt and to basically win in his hometown,” said Spence.
Brook is going to be fighting tooth and nail in front of his loyal boxing fans to try and win the fight. There’s going to be over 30,000 fans inside the arena on the night, and Brook is not going to want to give in. He’s going to be trying as hard as he can to keep his IBF title and come out of the fight as the winner.
What is working against Brook winning on May 27 is the fact that he’s coming off of a 5th round knockout loss to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in his last fight in September. Brook took a beating and suffered a broken right eye socket. He’s had surgery to repair the problem, but there are still a lot of lingering questions whether he’ll be 100 percent for this fight. It’s almost insane for Brook to be taking on someone as good as Spence in his first fight back from a loss like the one he suffered against GGG.
You normally don’t see a fighter going from one grueling fight into another one after they’ve suffered an eye injury. Brook must really want to keep his IBF title for him not to give it up and make the smart move by taking a safer path against a weaker opponent. That’s what Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn wanted him to do. He wanted him to vacate his IBF 147lb title and move up to 154 to fight in division that is more suited to his body size. Brook is coming down from 180s to make the 147 pound limit for the Spence fight, and that’s going to be hard on his body to take that much weight off to fight someone as good as him.
“I know he’s coming in to knock my head off so regardless of what people are saying, this dude’s fighting in his hometown in front of his family and friends so he’s going to try and knock me out,” said Spence about Brook.
Brook will need to be able to stay in the pocket for him to have a chance of beating Spence. He’s not going to do the job with the hit and run style that he used against Golovkin last September. That’s too evasive and it has a message of surrender wrapped around it. Brook has to show that he can stand and bang with Spence and beat him at his own game.
The boxing fans will be celebrate Brook even if he gets beaten by Spence if he at least tries to make a fight of it by slugging with him the way that gladiators did in the days of old. Brook ran from Golovkin for 5 rounds. It was ugly to watch. Brook stopped throwing punches entirely in round 5 after getting hurt. He left his trainer Dominic Ingle no choice but to stop the fight after seeing him taking punishment. Brook can’t let that happen again. If he’s going to lose the fight against Spence, then he needs to go down swinging like a warrior instead of just standing there and trying to make him miss while taunting him the way he did with Golovkin.