Welcome to Fightful’s live coverage of Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. for Brook’s IBF welterweight championship. This fight is between arguably the two best welterweight boxers in the world in front of a raucous 30,000 boxing fans in Sheffield, England. You can check out the latest Fightful boxing podcast with Carlos Toro and Steven Muehlhausen in which they preview the fight at this link.
We’ll be giving you round-by-round coverage of Brook vs. Spence Jr. and a quick recap of the top undercard fights George Groves vs. Fedor Chudinov fight for the vacant WBA super middleweight title.
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Here’s the Showtime fight (Showtime, 5:15 p.m. ET)
Errol Spence Jr. defeated Kell Brook via KO, round 11, 1:47 to win the IBF Welterweight Championship
Here are the top undercard matches:
George Groves defeated Fedor Chudinov via TKO, round 6, 1:14, to win the vacant WBA Super Middleweight World Title
Lenroy Thomas defeated David Allen via split decision (115-114, 113-115, 115-114) to win the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight Title
Jamie Cox defeated Lewis Taylor via technical decision (88-83, 88-83, 87-84) to win the vacant WBA Continental Super Middleweight Title
Andy Townend defeated Jon Kays via TKO, round 2.
Andy Townend vs. Jon Kays: Vacant Commonwealth Junior Lightweight Title Bout: Before the match, it was revealed in the weigh-ins that Townend did not make weight for this fight, making him ineligible to win the title. Townend knocks down Kayes early in the second with a left hook and although the initial shot doesn't send Kays down, he's reeling back and soon stumbles to the canvas under heavy pressure. Townend then drops Kays for a second time with a big right hand, and although Kays gets back up relatively easily, his corner threw in the towel and Townend is the winner, but is not the champion.
Official Result: Andy Townend defeated Jon Kays via TKO, round 2, to win the vacant Commonwealth Junior Lightweight Title
Jamie Cox vs. Lewis Taylor: Vacant WBA Continental Super Middleweight Title Bout: The story of this fight was that an accidental clash of heads in the first round cuts Taylor open. At times, Cox was using the left hand to hurt both Taylor's body and head, but Cox has been able to counter at various times. Cox's constant damage from using his left hook on Taylor's head is starting to leave a bad mark on Taylor's right eye, where the cut from the first round clash of heads opened up. From the sixth round onwards, the referee had been keeping a close watch on Taylor's right eye. The cut got bad again in the middle of the ninth round and the referee stopped the fight and said a winner will be decided in the cards, which Cox won. Cox now improves his perfect record to 22-0 while Taylor loses his fourth fight in his last seven.
Official Result: Jamie Cox defeated Lewis Taylor via technical decision (88-83, 88-83, 87-84) to win the vacant WBA Continental Super Middleweight Title
David Allen vs. Lenroy Thomas: Vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight Title Bout: The fight had its few moments of craziness. Both men got plenty of opportunities to throw some heavy shots. Early on, Thomas connected on several three-punch combos, but in the fourth round, Allen has been able to work Thomas' body. This leaves Thomas exhausted about one-third of the fight through. Allen starts to dominate for the next few rounds with Thomas landing some low blows, eventually getting a point deducted by the referee in the eighth round. The last few rounds are much more even, with neither man convincingly winning the last four rounds for the most part.
Official Result: Lenroy Thomas defeated David Allen via split decision (115-114, 113-115, 115-114) to win the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight Title Bout
George Groves vs. Fedor Chudinov: Vacant WBA Super Middleweight World Title Bout: This was Groves' fourth (and potentially final) attempt at a world title and Groves did not waste the opportunity presented to him. Groves' right hand punching was excellent throughout the fight and Chudinov had been able to mount pressure on Groves early on in the fight. In the sixth round, Groves started with a well-timed right hook straight at Chudinov's jaw, hurting the Russian challenger. Groves then unleashed a flurry of hard lefts and rights and Chudinov had not been able to defend himself. Fifteen seconds of uninterrupted punching by Groves halfway through the sixth round and the referee stops the fight, giving Groves his first world title win.
Official Result: George Groves defeated Fedor Chudinov via TKO, round 6, 1:14, to win the vacant WBA Super Middleweight World Title
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