Last night, undefeated welterweight, Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs), did what Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, and Ruslan Provodnikov failed to do – stop Chris Algieri (21-3, 8 KOs).
Spence dismantled the durable Algieri within five rounds in a one-sided contest. Now, the undefeated prospect is hoping for a shot at IBF world champion, Kell Brook (36-0, 25KOs).
Although Spence is likely to be named as Brook’s next mandatory challenger, some have questioned whether Spence will be able to make the fight happen.
Promoter, Lou DiBella, who organised the Algieri vs. Spence Jr. contest, feels it’s a fight we may never see.
“I don’t think Kell Brook will want a piece of him, honestly. I was like a little shocked tonight. I thought he [Spence] was going to win. I saw it; I have great respect for Chris. I’ve known Chris since he was a kid. Chris has never gotten steamrolled. No one has ever run through him like that, ever,” said DiBella.
“Is there anyone in this room who thinks there would be anyone as a prohibitive favorite over him? Anyone? Just anyone? That’s pretty amazing. I remember when he came out of the Olympics, and Al signed all those Olympians. I’ll tell you the truth, I called Al and said ‘I don’t think much of most of these Olympians’, but this one kid is pretty awesome. I thought that when [Spence] was an amateur, but the progression he’s made as a pro and the poise. And he’s also humble.”