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Errol Spence Jr. has skills to reach dizzying heights

By in Press Enterprise on January 12, 2018

By Robert Morales

There are world champions, and there are those like Errol Spence Jr. who take that status to another level.

Spence is kind of a big deal. He became that when he stopped Kell Brook in the 11th round in May in Brook’s native Sheffield, England, taking Brook’s welterweight world title.

Eight months earlier, Brook had moved up two weight classes and was stopped in the fifth round by middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. After his loss to Spence, Brook had this to say about Spence to The Guardian: “He’s one of the best kids I’ve been in with – if not the best.”

Now, maybe Brook was just talking about fellow welterweights, and not including Golovkin in his assessment. Still, it was high praise coming from a guy who had just lost his title by being knocked out in his hometown.

Spence (22-0, 19 KOs), of Desoto, Texas, via Long Island, N.Y., is an ultra-talented southpaw. At 27, he’s in is prime. Besides all that, he has an attitude that can carry him to dizzying heights.

That was evident this week when he spoke about becoming boxing’s best champion after a workout in Dallas.

“The top spot in the sport is really up for grabs now and I’m coming for it,” said Spence, who Jan. 20 will defend his title against Lamont Peterson at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime). “I don’t care who I have to face or where, I’m going to be the last man standing. That’s why we all get into this sport. I’m extremely confident in myself.”

Spence’s trainer, Derrick James, loves the way his fighter thinks. Any trainer would.

“Errol has to keep this mentality going into this fight and beyond, and he knows that,” James said. “Winning one title is not what he wants. He wants to be undisputed welterweight champion. He’s […]    

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