Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) wants to fight Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) for his IBF welterweight title, and not be given the belt outside if the ring if he decides he wants to vacate the title. There’s a scheduled purse bid on February 26. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport can win that bid with the help of Sky Sports backing him. But it’s quite possible that Brook will vacate his International Boxing Federation 147lb title either before the purse bid or after it in order not to fight Spence.
Brook has talked about wanting to keep his IBF belt, but the risk is so high in taking on a talent like Spence. Brook will probably choose the safe route by vacating his IBF belt rather than taking the fight with Spence and wind up getting knocked out.
Spence wants the chance to defeat Brook inside the ring by ripping the title from him the way that is normally done in boxing. However, Brook might just wind up swerving the 26-year-old Spence now that he’s in negotiations for a fight against Amir Khan for a fight that could take place during the summer months. Khan vs. Brook will be a big fight that will make both fighters a ton of money from pay-per-view sales and from the gate.
There’s the potential for the Khan-Brook fight being staged at Wembley Stadium in London. That’s a big stadium that is capable of seating 80,000 boxing fans. Brook wouldn’t make nearly as much money fighting Spence. The risk factor would also be quite high for Brook against Spence compared to Khan.
Spence is young, highly rated, with huge power and a strong chin. Khan, 30, is an aging part-time fighter with a chin problem, and who is no longer viewed as being in his prime. Khan still talks as if he’s at his best, but clearly he’s not the fighter he once was.
“The purse bid is February 26,” said Spence to Fighthype.com. “I’m walking around to see what happens. Hopefully, I fight him in March or April. I’m definitely in line for the IBF title. I don’t have to worry. I hope he doesn’t vacate. I want to fight the champion. He’s the champion. He’s the guy. I want to fight him, beat him, and dethrone him. Everybody is waiting for the purse bid.”
If this was a case of Brook only needing to beat someone like Jo Jo Dan or Kevin Bizier again in a mandatory defense, then he’d probably take the fight with either those guys right away without batting an eyelash. We already saw the results of Brook’s fight against both of those guys, and they were easy wins for him. However, Spence is not a weak opponent with an inflated ranking by the IBF. Spence is actually a good fighter, and likely too good for Brook to handle without him being turned into a walking punching bag like he was in his recent 5th round knockout loss to middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on September 10 last year.