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Errol Spence Jr. To Face Lamont Peterson At Barclays Center

November 24, 2017

If you ask people in the know whos the next Floyd Mayweather?, the answer will almost always be the same: Errol Spence Jr.

The Truth, as hes known, is an undefeated welterweight from just outside Dallas, Texas, whos been rolling through the division with relative ease. Earlier this year, he scored the biggest win of his career, a TKO victory over then-welterweight titleholder Kell Brook in front of a sold out soccer stadium crowd.
It was a star-making performance in the boxing world, and stars in North American sports ultimately have to end up in New York.Spence will now make his first title defense at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on January 20 against the hard-charging Lamont Peterson."My goal is to unify the welterweight division in 2018, but this fight is a true test and Lamont Peterson is a veteran that I definitely will not overlook," said Spence in a press release. "I sparred him in the amateurs and I know what he brings to the table. I have to get through him to achieve my goals and that is what I plan on doing January 20th."As for Peterson, hes held a world title at 140 pounds, and is considered one of the most exciting fighters in the division thanks to his affinity for fighting on the inside. That said, Peterson has been on the shelf for quite some time, having last fought in February in a title-winning performance against David Avanesyanjust his fight fight since 2015.
First off, Im happy to be getting back in the ring, said Peterson. Ive stayed in the gym and Im ready to go. This is a fight I wanted and as I said before when I became a welterweight, I want to fight the best and make the fights that people want to see. Im ready to give it my all and give the fans a great show.This wouldnt be the first time Peterson spoiled the party in Brooklyn, were he to pull the upset. In 2015, he fought Danny Garcia to a draw in what was expected to be an anointment of sorts for Danny Swift, and many observers felt he should have won the fight.If Spence can turn away this challenge, hes already made his intentions clear: He wants a title unification bout with Keith One Time Thurman. If that fight were to happen, it wouldnt exactly be Mayweather-McGregor in terms of magnitude, but itd be a massive fight, and lets face it, a much better one.

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