IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. will be stepping back in the ring on January 20th against Lamont Peterson at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on Showtime. This will be Spence’s first fight since stopping Kell Brook to win the title. It was a fight where the young warrior showed some great skills and poise going into the champion’s backyard and taking the title. He systematically broke Brook down and took his will all while on foreign soil.
After defeating Brook though there was still chatter in the media that he beat a damaged man, who had lost his previous fight to middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin. The middleweight champion broke the orbital bone in the Sheffield native’s eye socket. Personally, I thought the young champion showed, in his own words, “true grit” and composure as he stuck to his game plan and got the victory.
Peterson, a formidable opponent, is a proven winner and a fighter that many observers felt beat Danny Garcia, though the judges didn’t see it that way. This fight is a step in the right direction for Spence, who shows a desire to fight the best in his division.
He wants to prove to everyone that he’s the best welterweight in the world and would love to have a showdown with WBA & WBC champion Keith Thurman. Spence is actually doing instead of just talking, he wants Thurman and he knows by fighting Peterson he’s one step closer. The young man wants to put a stronghold on the 147lb division and this fight could be when he puts everyone on notice, The Truth is coming!
By: Wilson Urena & Garrisson “Bo” Bland