Unbeaten Errol Spence Jr.’s first shot at a world title is officially secured, as the stud welterweight prospect will challenge Kell Brook on May 27 in Sheffield, England.
Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will be fighting in his hometown as he seeks the fourth defense of his title against Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) at Bramall Lane soccer stadium. The fight will be televised in the United States on Showtime.
“I’m so excited about this fight and also about making history in my city,” Brook said. “It has long been a dream of mine to fight outdoors at Bramall Lane and I’m pleased to do that in the biggest fight in the welterweight division.”
Brook, 30, is no stranger to taking on dangerous challenges and was eager to face Spence, the former U.S. Olympian, who many have pegged as having potential to be a future pound-for-pound king of the sport.
“I saw many people talk about how I would avoid Errol Spence,” Brook said. “They don’t know me, they don’t know what I’m about. All I’ve ever wanted to do is to give the fans the fights they want and they have it right here on May 27.”
Brook, who captured his title in 2014 by outpointing Shawn Porter in Carson, California, is one fight removed from moving up two weight classes to challenge unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin last September. Brook suffered a broken eye socket and was rescued by his corner after Round 5.
Spence, 27, has won his last eight fights by stoppage, including an eye-opening destruction of former 140-pound titlist Chris Algieri last April, which ended in a fifth-round TKO.
“I’m happy I’m finally getting an opportunity to accomplish a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion,” Spence said. “I feel that this is one of the best and biggest fights in world boxing and I am 100 percent focused and determined to bring the belt back home to the U.S. On May 27, I will be more than ready.”
Brook initially teased a move up to junior middleweight following the loss to Golovkin but opted instead to keep his 147-pound title and defend it against the division’s best.
“I’m going to show the world that I’m the best welterweight on the planet and I’m going to do it right before my people’s eyes,” Brook said.