Spence Jr Heads Overseas Favored Over Brook - Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom Boxing formally announced that IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1) would return to defend his belt against the challenge of undefeated American *Errol Spence Jr (21) on May 27th and the sport books have put up an early line that sees Spence Jr open a slight favorite.

In many ways, Spence Jr s trying to do what Brook has already done, and that is go into hostile territory and walk out with the IBF world title at 147 pounds. Brook went to Las Vegas back in August of 2014 to face IBF world champion Shawn Porter and he outboxed the rugged Porter, winning a majority decision.

We last saw Brook in a major fight back in September of 2016 when he experienced the first loss of his career at the hands of Gennady Golovkin. In that fight, he went up two eight classes and fought at middleweight and he went down with a broken eye socket after a game effort. The return from injury as well as the return to weight cutting and the welterweight division are both a concern for Brook, who is a stellar technician.

This is because in Spence Jr, his technique may be matched. Spence Jr has really not faced anyone like Brook anywhere in his pro career and if Brook is on top of his game he represents a major step up in competition. Spence Jr has fought on the road tons as he is a decorated amateur and a former US Olympian, but there is something about boxing in England nowadays that you can't prepare for.

Spence Jr Heads Overseas Favored Over Brook
The bout is the headliner of Hearn's live event at the Bramall Lane Football Stadium in Sheffield, Brook's hometown.

Bramall Lane - Sheffield, England
Welterweight 12 rounds -
Errol Spence Jr -145
Kell Brook +115

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