Errol Spence Jr. makes the first defense of his IBF welterweight title against Lamont Peterson on January 20, and Sporting News will have live coverage and results here.
Tonight could be the night that catapults Errol Spence Jr. into the pound-for-pound conversation.
There's no denying that Spence has all the tools that make a boxing star: power, speed, skill, personality. With a victory tonight, Spence leaves no doubt as a legitimate fighter within one of the glamor divisions of boxing. But if he dominates, we'll talk about him as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
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No, it's not too early.
Spence will have improved his record to 23-0 with at least 19 (potentially 20) knockouts in one of boxing's best divisions. He has not strayed from the fights either: he took the title of Kell Brook and put Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter in the explosion earlier this week, saying no one will answer their calls to set up a fight.
A victory tonight also puts Spence on a collision course with another of the best 147-pound class in Thurman. While Thurman, the current WBO and WBA welterweight champion, is still a bit far from returning to the ring, both sides seem ready to make a fight. However, Spence has his work cut off from him tonight. He faces veteran division and veteran wrestler Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs), who will try to get Spence's face, annoy him and knock him down, physically and mentally. That will not be a small task for Peterson, who should avoid Spence's power; "The Truth" has eight consecutive KOs participating in this fight.
Although all the signs point to a victory for Spence, tonight we will learn if Peterson, much less the world of boxing, can really handle "The Truth".
Results of Spence vs. Peterson
6: 20 pm: Tonight! The first big fight of 2018, when Errol Spence Jr. makes the first defense of his IBF welterweight title. And he will use this.
– Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) January 20, 2018
Spence vs . Results of the Peterson undercard
- Keyshawn Williams, Denis Okoth fights in a draw of four rounds.