Mayweather issues warning to Brook

18 April 2017 06:16:54 EST

Floyd Mayweather has predicted a "rough" fight for Kell Brook when he faces welterweight rival Errol Spence Jr in Sheffield on 27th May.

The 40-year-old five-division world champion, who retired in 2015 undefeated in 49 professional bouts, has given his verdict looking ahead to a mouth-watering match-up between Brook and the unbeaten Spence Jr.

I think Brook took a lot and it was a tough fight between him and Triple G, so I think, coming on the back of that, it's going to be a tough fight.

Floyd Mayweather

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

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

But Mayweather feels Brook will have suffered from that defeat and he is expecting Spence Jr to give him another tough examination in a fight which he does not expect to go the distance.

"I think him and Kell Brook is a good match-up but I don't think it's going the distance," he said via Shady Slim.

"I think Brook took a lot and it was a tough fight between him and Triple G, so I think, coming on the back of that, it's going to be a tough fight.

"It's not really fast but hopping into another tough fight like that, right after the Triple G fight? It's going to be rough."

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

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