Brook vs Spence prediction: Contenders chime inWritten by Lee Cleveland
It might be the match-up of the year but certainly isn't getting the ink it deserves.
IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will face sensational mandatory challenger Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KO’s) on May 20.
Fight legend Oscar De La Hoya has already gone on record stating Spence will 'destroy' Kell Brook.
This is a very dangerous fight for Brook as Spence may be a bit too risky for the reward. Let's face it, Errol Spence might be the best welterweight in the world but is still unknown to casual fight fans. As a result, he is a high-risk/low-reward opponent because his stock is still low among the masses.
The Brit certainly deserves high praise for accepting this assignment.
So what do top welterweight contenders Andre Berto and Shawn Porter think about Brook vs Spence?
Brook vs Spence
Date: May 20, 2017
Location: Bramall Lane Football Ground (outdoors)
Venue: Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Broadcast: Showtime (U.S.); Sky Sports (U.K)
Champion: Kell Brook
Favorite: Brook (slight)
“It’s gonna be a good one,” Berto recently told BoxingScene.com.
“It’s gonna be a great test for Errol Spence. He’s going against a lot of odds. He’s going over to Kell’s backyard and Kell Brook is a big welterweight. He’s a good-sized welterweight with skill. It’s really gonna be like his real test.”
... But Andre still favors Spence.
“I’d put my money on Spence,” Berto said.
Despite being stopped last year by middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, a naturally bigger and stronger man, Kell is still unbeaten as a welterweight and is still considered by some as the division's top fighter.
“You can’t sleep on Brook," Berto added. "He has a lot to prove. He had a tremendous fight with GGG, and I think he’s gonna be coming off [with] a little of that confidence, just the fact that he was able to go up to that type of weight and really put on an alright show.”
So what does Shawn Porter, a fighter who narrowly lost to Kell a few years ago, think about Brook vs Spence?
“I think that’s a good fight,” Porter, who hinged on making a prediction, told Boxingscene.com.
"I think Errol is gonna try to pressure him. I think Errol is gonna try to get after him, and I think Errol has what it takes to win that fight."
Explosive, quick and well-skilled, Spence is the only fighter to stop Chris Algieri and Leonard Bundu inside the distance. Algieri, of course, went 12 rounds with Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, and Bundu went the full twelve with Keith Thurman.
Porter credited Brook with being very strong and smart, and suggested it would be a difficult fight for both guys.