Errol Spence Jr. expects GGG to knock out Kell Brook on Sept. 10
Errol Spence Jr. expects Gennady Golovkin to knock out Kell Brook when the middleweight knockout artist faces the welterweight titleholder on Sept. 10 in London at 160 pounds.
Spence (20-0, 17 knockouts) is vying for the chance to face Brook with his IBF world title eliminator against Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) on Aug. 21 at the Ford amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn in a PBC on NBC (5 p.m. ET) Sunday afternoon show.
“I think GGG will knock him out,” Spence said on a conference call on Wednesday. “But I give Kell Brook a chance. He’s fighting in the UK so who knows — if it’s a close fight and it goes the distance. But if I had to bet on it, I have GGG for a knockout.”
Spence, like the rest of the boxing world, was surprised when that match-up was announced last month. At the same time, Spence gave Brook plaudits for taking the fight because of the punishing way Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) has ended most of his fights.
“I think everyone is surprised that Kell Brook took that fight,” Spence said. “He’s moving up to 160 to fight and GGG is a very hard puncher, a knockout artist. GGG has hurt and knocked out heavyweights in the gym, so for (Brook) to move up and take that fight, it takes a lot of guts and I (commend) him on it.”
Spence said he’s unsure and hasn’t gotten any indication if Brook plans to vacate the IBF title and jump to another weight class after his fight with Golovkin. “No it’s something I haven’t asked or given any thought to after I got the Bundu fight,” Spence said. “I can’t look past Bundu.”