Errol Spence Jr. stopped Kell Brook in the 11th round of their world title bout to claim the IBF Welterweight Title at Bramall Lane, in Sheffield.
Brook found himself in serious trouble at the halfway stage of the 11th round, and with trouble in his left eye, he was forced to take a knee.
Brook made it to his feet just before the referee, Howard Foster reached the ten count, but Foster, sensing Brook was not fit to continue, waved the fight off.
At the time of the stoppage, all three judges at ringside had Spence in front, scoring the bout 97-92, 96-93 and 95-94.
The opening stanza was a relatively quiet outing, with both fighters feeling each other out.
In the second, Brook produced the better work, giving Spence a taste of his power with two clean right hands.
Round three was a scrappy affair, with Spence trying to work the jab, but finding himself tangled up in clinches on numerous occasions.
Spence got another taste of Brook’s power early in the fourth but was seemingly unfazed by the massive right hand. Spence went on unload on Brook for the majority of the round, with Brook’s only success late in the round when he buzzed Spence with a quick combination.
In the fifth, Brook’s was again working his right hand effectively, while Spence opted to target Brook’s body.
Early in the sixth, Brook caught Spence while he was off balance with a mean right, however, the challenger was quick to retaliate with a quick two-punch combination.
By the eighth, things had got up close and personal and late in the round Spence had Brook noticeably hurt, after landing a stinging combination.
As we entered round ten, Spence was able to land some heavy shots, worsening Brook’s already swollen eye and forcing the champion to take a knee.
Brook rose to beat the count, but as soon the fight resumed he found himself under fire once again. However, he recovered well and was able to rock Spence with some heavy right hands as the round progressed.
Spence continued to walk down his opponent in the eleventh, pressuring Brook and forcing him to take a knee once again.
This time, however, Brook rose at the count of nine, and referee, Howard Foster, sensing Brook was in no state to continue, waved the fight off.