Brook: I'm Spence Jr's final hurdle

23 March 2017 07:27:33 EST

Kell Brook claims Errol Spence Jr will "come to the final hurdle" when they go head-to-head for the IBF welterweight title on 27th May.

The 30-year-old Sheffield boxer will fulfil his dream of fighting at the Bramall Lane home of his beloved Sheffield United as he drops back to the 147lbs division to defend his IBF crown having boldly moved up two weight divisions to take on light heavyweight champion Gennady Golovkin last time out.

He's American and they've given him a lot of hype. He has been looking very good in fights, but he's bitten off more than he can chew when he steps in with me.

Kell Brook

Brook lost his unbeaten record with a fifth-round stoppage in that fight, but won many plaudits for his performance against a bigger and more powerful fighter.

He admitted that it was a drag to drop back to welterweight, but he is desperate to defend his belt and feels ready to end 22-year-old Spence Jr's 21-fight undefeated run.

Speaking after the duo's first press conference, Brook told Sky Sports News HQ: "He sounds very confident.

"He's American and they've given him a lot of hype. He has been looking very good in fights, but he's bitten off more than he can chew when he steps in with me.

"He's got some skills, a good amateur pedigree and he looks the part, but he's come to the final hurdle and that's me.

"I'm champion of the world, and it's a dream come true fighting at Bramall Lane. I'm going to get so much energy from the fans, and I'm on point with the weight."

On the decision to reject his team's plea for him to move up to 154lbs, Brook added: "It's taken me so long to get a world title with my injuries and the politics in boxing.

"I eventually got it, and just to give it up is not in my nature. It made me dig my heels in even more, and I'm determined to defend what's rightfully mine."

Brook is 7/4 to win the fight and defend his IBF strrap, while Spence Jr can be backed at 10/21 to win and the draw is 20/1.

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