IBF World welterweight titleholder has come out ahead of his world title defence with Lamont Peterson, stating that former foe and former IBF welterweight titleholder Kell Brook can win a world title at 154lbs. Spence dethroned Brook last May in Sheffield with an 11th round stoppage due to injuries sustained by Brook in the contest, to the acclaim of the wider boxing community.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Spence was complimentary to the Sheffield native Brook, saying he is a real fighter and sees no reason to why he cannot be successful at 154lbs:
“I don’t see why Kell can’t win a world title at that weight,” says Spence.
“No one will know what my fight has done to him until we see him fighting again, but he is a good fighter and we had expected him to move [up a weight] for a while.
“Kell is a guy that has a lot of heart, a lot of balls and is a real fighter.
“He could easily have vacated the belt and moved up but he wanted to fight me and not give it up, so I applaud Kell Brook for being a real fighter.”
Spence makes the first defence of his world title on the 20th of January at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn against Lamont Peterson and is in confident mood regarding sending a message to the welterweight division.
“Lamont Peterson is very experienced and he’s got a big heart,” Spence Jr said to Sky Sports.
“We know he is a guy that knows how to fight, but I don’t think he’s got anything I haven’t come across before. He might be as strong as Kell Brook, so I will be physically prepared and mentally prepared – even if it is a tougher fight than Kell Brook.
“He has all that experience but I have fought with other guys with that and I feel like being a world champion now, I have more experience now. You can’t get more experience than I did going over to Sheffield fighting against Kell Brook.
“Everybody wants to be that No 1 guy in boxing, not just in their weight division, or even their country.”