The other top two welterweights are going to settle the score
It has been reported that negotiations for the Welterweight showdown between Brook and Spence are finished and an official announcement presser is nigh. Word has it that thepurse bid mandated by IBF was cancelled as the wheeling and dealing between the two camps was moving ahead steadily and successfully.
All sightings of Eddie Hearn (Brook’s promoter) in the media had him indicating a strong desire to host this Welterweight super fight at Bramall Lane Stadium in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England. The fight has been penciled in for Looking at Gennady Golovkin’s record, a common theme is that his opponents have not gone on to much after facing him; something about fighting Golovkin changes a man. Brook left the ring on his own feet, but underwent a major operation to repair his orbital bone. Brook can be proud of his performance, but has he been touched by the Golovkin curse?
Will making 147 be too much for Brook? During the buildup to his last fight, Team Brook was often heard in the media saying that 160 was very comfortable, that 147 had always been difficult, and that a move to 154 was in Brook’s future. Brook has been out of action for a while now, can he still make weight without coming in like skeletor? Is Brook about to go the way of Chad Dawson?
Is Spence ready for the big leagues?Don’t make any mistake: the signs do point to yes. Spence has progressed marvelously, surpassing expectations with every fight, and has impressively knocked out fighters that Thurman and Pacquiao couldn’t stop (Bundu and Algieri, respectively). Spence has appeared to be ready to challenge for a title, but it’s worth asking because Brook is leagues above Bundu and Algieri.
What would be next for Spence? Spence wouldn’t have much in the way of politics to keep him from being lined up to fight the winner of Garcia-Thurman. Unification fights are always good in my book, but if Spence wins too well he may find himself getting the boogeyman label attached. If the other titleholders won’t step in the ring with him, that doesn’t leave him many options in the way of credible opponents (politics notwithstanding).
Will Brook-Khan ever been made? The answer to this carries on partly from the previous point: if Brook is beaten soundly, does the domestic showdown still carry weight? What if Brook re-injures his eye? What if Khan takes another devastating loss against Pacquiao (whom he may be lining up to fight)? What if Brook leaves Welterweight after the Spence fight, win or lose? Only time can tell, but expect Khan’s name (or Skype handle) to be mentioned plenty during the build-up to Brook-Spence.
No matter the logistical details of the fight, the fact that it is going ahead is great news. Barring Golovkin, this is Brook’s toughest opponent. Spence of course is stepping up his competition immensely, but he’s been very vocal for a while that he’s ready. 2017 is shaping up to be an excellent year and if the winner of this fight lines up for the winner of Garcia-Thurman, then we have a solid schedule of “the best fighting the best” for the first half of the year.