Brook vs Spence prediction: Floyd Mayweather chimes inWritten by Lee Cleveland
So, what'll happen when IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) faces dynamic mandatory challenger Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KO’s) on May 20?
FightHype.com caught up with Floyd Mayweather Jr, who was on hand at the Copper Box Arena in London, England where IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis made the first successful defense of his title, and asked for 'Money May's' Brook vs Spence prediction.
"That's a good match-up," Floyd told FightHype.com.
"Errol Spence is a hell of a fighter."
"I have to lean towards Errol Spence."
"[But] We've never seen him in the late rounds. We've seen him fight good in the first six ... Well, a lot of fighters fight could in the first six."
"I'm not taking anything away from him."
"He's a good puncher [and] a good boxer but sometimes us, as fighters, are put in positions [that] bring the best out of us. He [Errol Spence] is in a position, now, where it may bring the best out of him."
Do you agree with Floyd's prediction?
Keep in mind, Floyd and Spence sparred in 2013 when the latter was just 4-0.
“When I fought Floyd, the sparring was intense. It was tit for tat. It was very competitive,” Spence told THE RING Magazine.
“It was a few days before we were both going to fight, so to get that chance to spar with Floyd Mayweather, that was a great opportunity,” said Spence. “I just saw the experience as sparring and getting better. That was big confidence booster and it was just great sparring for a young fighter who had just turned professional. I just gained a lot of experience out of it.”
Is it any wonder why some experts are favoring Spence?
"I would build [Spence] into a Sugar Ray Leonard," Oscar De La Hoya told the Sweet Scientists show on SiriusXM Rush 93 In February.
"He's the type of fighter who wants to fight the best, he believes in himself. He's young, he's a good-looking kid."
"I believe that he destroys Kell Brook. That's how good he is."
Errol Spence, the sight underdog when this fight was announced, is now the clear favorite across the board to defeat IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook.
On the business end, Brook could have opted to relinquish his title and seek more lucrative fights against Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman or countryman and rival Amir Khan but he's chosen to accept a rather high-risk/low-reward showdown with Errol Spence.
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A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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