In a back-and-forth battle, American welterweight Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) pulled away late and stopped a very brave but battered Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) in front of 27,000 people at Brammall Lane in Sheffield, England. Spence is now the IBF Welterweight champion, having won the title in enemy territory. Spence dropped Brook in round 10 with a flurry of punches, but Brook valiantly fought back. The damage to his left eye was too much to handle, however, and the fight was stopped in the 11th, to the dismay of the partisan crowd.
You can watch the full highlights (courtesy of Showtime Boxing, which will be geoblocked for viewers in the UK) at the bottom of the page. The finish is at the top of the page.
We've got a fight. @SpecialKBrook and @ErrolSpenceJr trade shots in the early rounds. #BrookSpence pic.twitter.com/MKv9fxHTjF— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) May 27, 2017
.@SpecialKBrook and @ErrolSpenceJr showing one another their best in the middle rounds. #BrookSpence pic.twitter.com/lxzQYaPBl1— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) May 27, 2017
.@ErrolSpenceJr sends @SpecialKBrook to the canvas in the 10th. #BrookSpence pic.twitter.com/RZYZlNLpXc— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) May 27, 2017
Ultimate warriors @SpecialKBrook and @ErrolSpenceJr exchange some heavy shots in the 10th. #BrookSpence pic.twitter.com/9l47abj11m— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) May 27, 2017
Here’s Mookie Alexander’s play-by-play of the final two rounds:
Round 10 - Spence sticks out the jab. Brook needs to dig deep here. Spence is pouring it on now! DOWN GOES BROOK! Brook is down on an accumulation of punches! He beats the count easily but how much more does he have left? Here comes Spence! Big left hand! Brook is in trouble! Spence is taking him apart! Brook throws back with two shots, bravely so! Brook is trying to come back. Spence is going to the body and he lands a right to that damaged eye. MASSIVE body shot by Spence. Brook turns Spence around and he throws a left and a right and catches Spence. Has Spence punched himself out?! Uppercut from Brook! He’s found something here. Brook survives the round! It’s 10-8 Spence and 97-92 Spence
Round 11 - Referee takes time because Brook’s tape has unraveled again. Spence with three body shots but Brook with a big punch that jars his head back! Errol returns fire and he is drilling him to the body once more against the ropes. Right hook by Spence may have hurt Brook. Kell is holding on! The eye is bothersome and he’s taken a knee without being punched! Brook may not recover. He’s up at 9 but Howard Foster has stopped it. Errol Spence is the new welterweight champion! What a fight.
Official result: Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) def. Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) by KO at 1:47 of round 11 to become the new IBF welterweight champion