Monday, January 22, 2018

Who will Errol Spence Jr. Face Next?

Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) decisively defeated Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) via TKO on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in BrooklynPeterson, a former two-division world champion, was hurt in the second round by a barrage of Spence body shots. In the fifth round, Peterson was sent to the canvas by Spence right and left hands. In the sixth round, Peterson's right eye showed the effects of Spence's powerful punches, as it was nearly swollen shut. Peterson was examined by the ringside physician just after the bell marking the beginning of the seventh round rang. At the conclusion of the seventh round, Peterson was being swept by Spence on the judges' scorecards. By this point, Peterson's trainer, Barry Hunter, had seen enough and asked for the fight to be stopped. This was Spence's first defense of his IBF World Welterweight Title, and tenth straight career victory by knockout.

Who will Errol Spence Jr. face next?

The talented 28-year-old welterweight sits on top of the IBF's 147 pound division rankings, and holds a major title in a weight class that is crowded with some of boxing's biggest names and talent. Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) holds the WBC and WBA titles in this weight class, while Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) holds the WBO World Welterweight TitleKeith Thurman is coming off of a March 4th victory over former champion, Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs). Jeff Horn is scheduled to make his second title defense on April 14th against super lightweight boxing star, Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs).

Bad Left Hook recently reported that Spence wants to fight Thurman in 2018. However, it is likely that Thurman will schedule a tune up fight before agreeing to a showdown against the IBF champ. Before a bout can be scheduled between Spence and ThurmanSpence may have to defend his title against other highly ranked, IBF welterweights, such as Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) and Konstantin Ponomarev (32-0, 13 KOs).

Who do you think is Errol Spence Jr.'s next opponent? Make your voice heard by replying in the comments section!

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