Unbeaten welterweight sensation Errol Spence Junior looked terrific in becoming the first man to stop Chris Algieri last night in New York. Fast, powerful, accurate and showing fine finishing skills, Spence Junior, now 20-0(17) passed the biggest test of his hugely promising career with apparent ease. Looking for all the world like a future world champion and superstar, Spence Junior seems to have that look the special fighters have.
And the 26-year-old southpaw from Texas wasted no time in calling out reigning IBF welterweight ruler Kell Brook. Now the mandatory challenger for the unbeaten Sheffield man, Spence Junior could perhaps prove a very dangerous challenger for Brook.
“I’m the number-one contender for Kell Brook. Kell Brook knows what time it is,” he said last night. “We got to get in the ring and fight. I did something Manny Pacquiao couldn’t do, nor Amir Khan. Everyone wanted to see what I could do against a proven fighter and I blew him out of the water.”
That he did, but can the former amateur star do something similar against as good and as solid a fighter as Brook; who is huge for a 147-pounder? For the past few months now, Brook has been calling and calling for a meaningful fight, one that would push him and bring out his best stuff. He may have found the right man for the job in Spence Junior. But where would the fight take place – in the UK or in the US? Is Spence Junior ready for Brook, a fighter with a good deal more pro experience? Does Spence Junior perhaps need one, maybe two more fights against solid opposition before going for a title shot?
At age 26, there is no rush with Spence Junior, but at the same time, as good as he looks and feels, he obviously wants to get the big fights soon. It’s still too early to say whether or not Spence Junior could be the next face of boxing, the next big star to fill the void the retired Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao have left. But a win over Brook, if he can manage one, would get Spence Junior firmly on his way. Fans are excited about Spence Junior, called by many the hottest young fighter out there today, and they want to see how great he can become.