Errol Spence Jr relishes Kell Brook battle at Bramall Lane
By David Jarvis
Last Updated: 17/02/17 4:17pm
Errol Spence Jr has welcomed the prospect of fighting Kell Brook in front of 30,000 fans at Bramall Lane as he wants to win the IBF belt in memorable style.
The American mandatory challenger is looking forward to an electrifying atmosphere when he faces Brook, and Sheffield United's home ground is being considered as a venue for May 27.
Spence says going to the champion's back yard is all part of the job because "that's what true fighters do".
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Spence Jr said: "I'm old school. I don't care where I fight. I've got to do what Kell did when he came to America to beat Shawn Porter for the title and that is what I plan on doing.
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"Fighting in front of 30,000 people will be electrifying and a great event.
"I don't think Kell's fought anyone like me before. I'm faster and hit harder than other welterweights he has faced.
I want everyone in the UK to make sure they come to the fight or watch it on TV, because it's two fighters in their prime.
Errol Spence Jr
"I believe I may have Kell's number, great champion that he is.
"I want everyone in the UK to make sure they come to the fight or watch it on TV because it's two fighters in their prime, so it's going to be exciting. It is going to be a war."
Brook is coming off a brave defeat at middleweight against Gennady Golovkin in September last year, and promoter Eddie Hearn had wanted the 30-year-old to return to action at light-middleweight.
But Spence Jr says speculation about Brook's weight is not an issue for him and has shown great respect to the Sheffield man.
"The truth about the GGG fight was a true 160-pounder beat a 147-pounder," he added. "Kell showed a lot of heart and came back a little bit before being overrun.
"I don't know if he has made a mistake coming back down to welterweight or not. That would be up to his camp. A lot of fighters walk around well above their weight. I walk around at 170lbs.
"I do believe Kell will bring out the best in me. So far I haven't faced anyone who can push me enough for me to show my true skills.
"I might be the underdog but it's understandable. He's the champ and I don't take anything from him. But I'm 100 per cent focused and confident."