Kell Brook puts his IBF welterweight title on the line against undefeated US fighter Errol Spence this Saturday in Sheffield.
The fight will take place at Bramall Lane, home of League One side Sheffield United – who Brook supports.
Spence is one of the rising stars in American boxing and former middleweight world champions Sugar Ray Leonard believes the fight will be ’50-50.’
“I feel it will be based upon who has prepared themselves the best and who sticks to their game plan,” said Leonard.
“They will both be prepared to go the distance. With that being said, it’s really on Errol Spence. Mentally and psychologically, can he go the distance? He’ll be in tremendous shape, but his mind has to say, yes we can.”
Brook vs Spence Jr: What time is the fight, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
What is it?
Kell Brook defends his IBF welterweight world title against unbeaten US fighter Errol Spence Jr.
When is it?
It’s on Saturday – May 27 – taking place at Bramall Lane, home of Sheffield United football club.
What time does it start?
The main event is expected to begin at around 10.30pm BST, but the undercard will be taking place several hours earlier.
What TV channel is it on?
It’s another pay-per-view night, on Sky Box Office in the UK and Showtime in the US.
Sky Box Office can be purchased here for £16.95. Like with the Joshua-Klitschko bout, you do not need to be a Sky customer to watch. Simply create a Sky ID, pay and logon to your PC/Desktop/MAC, NOW TV box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet to watch.
TalkTalk TV customers will be able to watch the night for £14.95 – Britain’s lowest price.
What is the latest news?
Thursday’s press conference followed Wednesday’s workout in the city, where Brook conspicuously avoided often using his right hand.
However, the home hope insisted there was nothing untoward in terms of an injury, instead offering his southpaw opponent an interesting explanation.
“I wasn’t chucking the right hands because (those) chocolate brownies…I don’t want them to be damaged,” Brook added to laughter from the room.
“I want to give it to Errol Spence, clean-cut, just been baked. That’s why I didn’t let that right hand go. I want it to be crisp so he tastes every bit of that sugar in there.”
Spence has arrived in South Yorkshire boasting a 21-0 record with 18 knockouts, and is highly thought of across the water.
What are they saying?
“It took me a whole career to claim this belt against Shawn Porter, and it was hard earned in the United States, against the odds.
“I’m too stubborn just to give it up, and if Spence wants this belt, he’s going to have to rip it from me in front of 27 thousand fans in my home town. I had a great camp making the weight, and training for this and I will be drawing off that support to get the most out of myself. There’s going to be drama in this fight, and I am going to the wire – and the trenches – if I have to, to keep it.”
Spence on whether he has faced a fighter of Brook’s quality before:
“I’ll tell the truth, no I have not,” said Spence.
“But I’m going to prove myself Saturday night. I have the skills and ability to beat Kell Brook.”
What are their records?
Home town: Sheffield
Ring name: Special K
Title: IBF welterweight champion
Record: 36 wins (25 KOs), one defeat
Weight: 10st 6lbs 7oz
Height: 5ft 9ins
Rounds boxed: 184
Errol Spence Jr
Home town: Desoto, Texas
Ring name: The Truth
Status: IBF welterweight mandatory challenger
Weight: 10st 6lbs 5oz
Record: 21 wins (18 KOs)
Height: 5ft 10ins
Rounds boxed: 77
What are the odds?
Kell Brook win – 5/4
Errol Spence Jr win – 8/13
Draw – 20/1
What’s our prediction?
Brook to use his home support to help retain his belt.