Errol Spence Jr. scored a convincing fifth round knockout against Alejandro Barrera on Saturday and made it clear he was gunning for IBF champion Kell Brook in his post fight interview.
Spence stated “I want top 10 welterweights. My goal is to become a world champion. If I have to go to England to fight Kell Brook, I’m willing to do that”.
Spence will now move forward to fight a top contender and should he pass that test he will get a shot at the IBF title held by Brook.
Brook who was forced to pull out of his fight with Diego Chaves in November due to a rib injury is now likely to face Kevin Bizier in his third title defence. Bizier, who lost twice to Jo Jo Dan – an opponent Brook was able to dismiss with ease – should prove to be easy pickings for Brook.
Errol Spence Jr is, on the other hand, a different kettle of fish. Spence poses a real threat to Brook and it’s entirely plausible that Eddie Hearn will do his best to stall the fight with talk of Bradley or Khan.
Perhaps we could even see Brook vacate his title and move up to 154 lbs avoiding Spence altogether. If a big money fight cannot be negotiated at 147 it’s unlikely that Kell who is a big welterweight will want to carry on swimming around with all the sharks in that division right now. Moving up and making weight at 154 will be easy for Brook and if a big money fight can be negotiated there then it would be preferable to taking a tough fight against a dangerous prospect at 147 lbs.