Errol Spence Jr. Is On the Verge Of Becoming Boxing’s Next Star
Aug 7, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Errol Spence (USA), in red, competes against Andrey Zamkovoy (RUS) in the men's welter (69kg) quarterfinals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) is one of the most exciting and talented fighters in the sport of boxing today.

Ever since his performance in the 2012 Olympics where he made it to the quarterfinals, many felt he would be the future of boxing and the heir apparent to former pound for pound kingpin Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.

The 27-year-old Spence has a long way to go to reach the stature that Mayweather had. But on May 27, he has the chance to win his first major title as he takes on IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) in Brook’s home country in England.

Despite Brook having eight more years of experience and having 16 more professional fights, many feel this is a 50/50 fight or are giving Spence the slight edge. This speaks to the skills Spence possessions considering the only blemish on Brook’s resume is when he moved up two weight classes to face unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and lost by fifth-round TKO after his eye socket was broken.

Spence is one of the most physical gifted welterweights over the last 20 years. Although he doesn’t have a huge win over a top tier welterweight, he was able to knockout Chris Algieri which is something not neither Manny Pacquiao nor Amir Khan could do.

Spence punches with bad intentions and a case could be made that he is the hardest punching welterweight in the world as he has knocked out his last eight opponents.

If Spence is able to defeat Brook in impressive fashion, he’ll then move to the top 10 in everyone’s pound for pound list, and could then look for a unification fight with WBC and WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman sometime within the next 12 months.

When Spence’s manager Al Haymon signed him back in 2012, he felt he had a superstar in the making. Haymon’s foreshadowing is on the verge of coming true if he can defeat Brook.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.