Errol Spence defeated Kell Brook on Saturday in England (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)
By Chris Robinson
Moments ago, inside of the Bramall Lane Football Ground in Sheffield, England, Errol Spence Jr. successfully captured the IBF welterweight title with an impressive 11th-round TKO over former champion and hometown London favorite Kell Brook.
The bout, fought in front of a packed house of rabid supporters, was fought at a tense and tactical pace early on. Brook (36-2, 25 KO’s) was on his way towards building a lead through the first half of the fight and appeared to be the physically stronger fighter, but Spence (22-0, 19 KO’s) was undaunted in his pursuit.
Spence stayed calm and stuck to the script, digging body shots in early and often as the rounds went by. In the second half of the match, Spence really began to up his work rate, with things coming heating up in frame nine.
In the ninth, Spence was dominant, bullying Brook around the ring and taking full control of the match. The momentum continued in the 10th, as Brook paid a visit to the canvas and in retreat mode for much of the remainder of the round.
Spence continued to dog Brook in round 11, with the champion electing to take a knee after taking more punishment. As the count went on for the second knockdown against him, Brook shook his head as if to say he had enough, with the match being waived off moments after.
And just like that, Errol Spence is the new IBF welterweight champion of the world.
Stay tuned for more post-fight updates.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com