IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) is very confident that he will retain his belt when he finally steps in the ring with mandatory challenger Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KOs).
The fight is being targeted for May 27 or June 3 in the champion’s hometown of Sheffield.
The fight will be Brook’s first since suffering his first loss last September at the O2 Arena in London. Brook moved up by two weight divisions to challenge WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and suffered a fifth round TKO defeat.
Brook feels Spence is taking a huge step up in class and never faced anyone even close to the A-level of the division.
“I don’t believe he’s fought anyone on my level yet and I’m looking forward to taking care of him in my own backyard. I believe we’ll both bring the best out of each other,” Brook told Nick Parkinson.
“They think he’s going to be the next big star of American boxing but he’s fighting me who’s a world champion who has belief that no man can beat him. It’s a massive step up for him.”
Before the deal was finalized, Brook was being strongly advised by his handlers to drop his IBF title and move up to junior middleweight – where he would be physically more comfortable. Brook, who captured the IBF belt in 2014 with a close points win over Shawn Porter, refused to give up his world title.
“People around me advised me to move up but I’m a stubborn man. It took me a long time to win that world title belt and I’m not going to just give it up,” Brook said.
“It’s going to be a struggle to get down to welterweight limit and I will find it hard but I’m too stubborn just to give it up and there are some big fights out there at welterweight.” – See more at: http://www.boxingscene.com/kell-brook-i-look-forward-taking-care-errol-spence–114321#sthash.XUZcVKZA.dpuf