Errol Spence Jr. is making a good case for potentially being the best welterweight in the world. He just had an impressive win over Kell Brook in Sheffield, England in front of a sold out crowd of 27,000 in Kell Brook’s backyard, and won the IBF Welterweight Championship.
Currently he is not a huge name in the sport, albeit he is growing fast, and that was his first title fight in his pro career.
Here Are Some Impressive Highlights About Errol SpenceHe landed 30 punches against Kell Brook in the 10th round according to Shostats , and that is the first time anyone has done that to Kell Brook, who was undefeated in the welterweight division (36-0 as a welterweight). Kell has won and defended numerous titles throughout his career.
Errol finished Chris Algieri. Algieri has never been finished, and lasted for 12 rounds against Manny Pacquiao, even being knocked down 6 times in that fight. Algieri also won the WBO title during his career.
He finished Leonard Bundu. Bundu lasted 12 rounds against Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, who’s known for his knock out power, who’s undefeated with 28 wins, and 22 by way of knockout. Bundu has also held and defended a number of titles over his career, with an impressive record of 33-2, and 2 NC with 37 pro fights. This was also the first time Bundu has been knocked out in his professional career of 37 fights.
He knocked down Chris Van Herdeen. This was reportedly the first time it has happened in Van Herdeen’s entire career, both professional and amateur. This was Van Herdeen’s second career loss, with a 23-2-1 record after this fight. Chris is also the sparring partner in the viral video of Conor Mcgregor preparing to potentially fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing rules match up.
He sparred Floyd Mayweather. Floyd gave him great respect afterwards, and there are even rumors passing around that he gave Floyd a black eye, and also knocked down Adrien Broner sparring. Errol says he didn’t see the black eye on Floyd, so he neither confirms, no denies it. Granted ‘what happens in sparring, stays there’, but these are points people make when presenting the case of Errol being a respectable fighter.
With a resume like Errol’s, it is surprising he has only had one title shot so far, where Vasyl Lomachenko for instance won a title in his first pro fight, and this was Errol’s 22nd pro fight. Granted Vasyl has perhaps the greatest amateur record of all, Errol is no slouch there either, having competed in the Olympics etc. He was the Prospect of the Year in 2015 at ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and has not lost steam with his fights yet, finishing all of his last 9 fights. Another impressive aspect about Spence Jr. is that when you listen to the commentators, they often comment how they can’t find one hole in his game.
It looks like he may face Keith Thurman in the future, once Keith’s elbow is fully recovered, if that lines up, and a few names have been tossed around as potential fights in the meantime for Spence Jr., such as Danny Garcia, or perhaps Shawn Porter.
What do you think? Is Errol Spence Jr. potentially the best welterweight in the world? Could he be the next addition to the top pound for pound rankings? We shall see, CBS has added him to their top 10 list, and The Ring has started to discuss it, as they just made him the #2 Welterweight on their list, behind Thurman, and think Errol needs more than one significant win to enter the Ring’s top 10 pound for pound list.