Sheffield’s Kell Brook and American contender Errol Spence Junior’s match up at Bramall Lane on May 27 may attract a special visitor from the other side of the pond.
WBA and WBC champion Keith Thurman says he may fly over to witness the IBF welterweight bout, with an eye on facing the winner.
That would be music to Brook’s ears, who has previously said he wants to face off with Thurman.
Today Brook and Spence were meeting at a press conference at Sheffield United’s ground to formally confirm their fight is on.
Thurman wants the American to win – but was highly complimentary about the South Yorkshireman.
“Spence is an undefeated welterweight coming up through the welterweight rankings, calling out everybody and waiting for an opportunity like the one he has been granted” he said.
“He’s eager to showcase his skill and his talent to the world and bring the belt back home to the US,” Thurman told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
“Kell Brook has never ducked or dodged anybody, I don’t think he’s fought a lot of tremendous fighters ranked in the top ten in the welterweight division, but he did move up two weight classes and he got beat by Golovkin.
“That shows you that he has no fear and he’s willing to fight anybody and he’s willing to fight the best in the world and because the only blemish on his record is to Golovkin, at the end of the day, Kell Brook is still an undefeated welterweight.
“In my opinion, we are still watching two undefeated welterweights, even though one has a blemish on his record.
“They both have a lot to prove and it’s going to be a big platform for them to prove it on. I believe it’s Errol Spence’s toughest fight to date.
“Kell Brook does have good boxing experience, he knows how to hold his own in there, he has good defence, he has good size as a welterweight.
“It’s an intriguing match-up and I’m interested in seeing the outcome myself, I may even fly out there to be a spectator.”
Spence, a London 2012 Olympian, is confident he can win on foreign soil.
“I know I can beat Kell Brook. It won’t be easy but I am the No 1 challenger and have worked my way into that position. It is not a mistake” he said.