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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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
Kell Brook (c) vs. Errol Spence Jr.: IBF Welterweight World Title Bout
Round 1: Both men start by throwing a jab, but rook starts of strong with a quick three-punch combo. Brook is the aggressor in this first round as Spence is a little cautious in this first right. Brook throws a short right hook. Spence goes on the inside and works the body with quick uppercuts.
Fightful scored round 1 for Brook 10-9
Round 2: The round starts with both fighters trading shots. Kell Brook leads with a hard right jab. Brook is trying to work the body with numerous jabs. Spence hits a couple of lefts and Brook responds with a couple of right hands. Both men keep trading shots and Spence is trying to pressure Brook to the ropes and into the corner. Both guys hit a jab to end the round.
Fightful scored round 2 for Brook 10-9
Round 3: Spence starts off by landing the left hook to Brook’s body and is trying to make Brook uncomfortable. Brook lands a hard right jab to Spence’s jaw, but Spence has been pinning Brook into the ropes. Brook then has Spence on the ropes for a second and lands a quick right uppercut. Left hand by Brook connects. Brook connects with a quick hard right hand and was momentarily stunned. Spence eats another hard right jab from Brook.
Fightful scored round 3 for Spence 10-9
Round 4: Brook and Spence start off with by trading quick shots. Spence comes back to pressuring Brook and is landing his body shots far more effectively. Spence lands a solid counter left hand. Brook lands a quick uppercut on the inside and Brook is on the offensive. Brook lands a couple of hard right hands which almost hurts Spence. Brook is now the one attacking the body.
Fightful scored round 4 for Brook 10-9
Round 5: Brook then hits the hard right hand and Spence lands a quick counter left but does not do much damage. Brook is now committed to attacking the body and Spence is starting to move to the ropes. Spence throws a sweeping left hook but Brook ducks the punch. Brook and Spence start to get tangled together numerous times. Spence lands a couple of hard lefts and almost stuns Brook at the end of the round.
Fightful scored round 5 for Brook 10-9
Round 6: Brook hurts Spence to start the round and Spence responds furiously by landing a number of hard body shots and Brook then hits a hard right hand. The two men get close and trade shots.Spence lands a jab ad Brook attacks the body with a left uppercut. Spence lands a left uppercut to Brook. Spence attacks the body once more with a quick left uppercut. Brook attacks with a left uppercut and Brook takes the momentum in the last 20 seconds of the round, but neither fighter will go down quietly.
Fightful scored round 6 for Spence 10-9
Round 7: Spence lands a hard left hook to Brook’s jaw. Not much action happened in the first minute of the round. Brook hits Spence’s body with a couple of right hands. Brook lands a couple of right hands to Spence’s body when Spence was in the corner. Spence lands a couple of left hands.
Fightful scored round 7 for Spence 10-9
Round 8: The round starts with numerous jabs and Brook lands a couple of hard right hands, sending Spence into the ropes, but there is no knockdown. Brook lands with the lead right hand and Spence responds by a lead left hand. Brook’s left eye is starting to swell and Brook nearly his a big right hand.
Fightful scored round 8 for Brook 10-9
Round 9: Brook starts with a quick right hand combo. Brook’s left eye is starting to swell thanks to the constant jabs being thrown by Spence. Spence starts to attack the body with a couple of hard punches.Spence lans an extremely hard left hand to Brook’s temple, but Brook finishes the round strong.
Fightful scored round 9 for Spence 10-9
Round 10: Spence is starting to get the momentum in the fight and Spence knocks down Brook, dropping him on the canvas. Spence is attacking the body hard. Spence then goes head hunting and lands numerous strong lefts, but Brook fights back, but doesn’t regain momentum. Brook is pressured into to the ropes and is eating numerous body hooks. Brook lands a left uppercut and then a cross right hand.
Fightful scored round 10 for Spence 10-8
Round 11: Spence begins the fight landing the jab. Brook then lands a hard left uppercut. Spence then lands a couple right hands. Brook takes a knee and the referee stops the fight.
Official Result: Errol Spence Jr. defeated Kell Brook via KO, round 11, 1:47, to win the IBF Welterweight Championship