Kell Brook is going to be defending his IBF welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr, but the challenger feels Brook had no choice but to fight him and is getting too much credit for picking me.
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that terms for the fight have been agreed in a tweet yesterday, and Bramall Lane is a possible venue for the fight.
The Sheffield man moved up a division to fight Gennady Golovkin and lost and moved back down to 147lb and will fight the unbeaten American.
But Spence Jr, nicknamed ‘The Truth’, believes Brook’s only option was to take a title defence against him.
“He’s a great fighter but he’s getting too much credit for fighting me,” Spence Jr told BoxingScene.com
“Who else was he going to fight at 147? Nobody. Who was he going to fight at 154?
“He couldn’t fight someone else at 147 because if he didn’t fight me they would say he is ducking me. There was nobody for him to fight at 154, no big names, the names he wanted. So he had to fight me.”
Spence Jr has taken a swipe at the Sheffield man by suggesting that he was trying to avoid him.
“He was trying to find a way out,” said Spence. “First he was looking for another title-holder. He was looking to fight either Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman. But they’re fighting each other, so he was looking for Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao wasn’t interested, so he was trying to fight Amir Khan.
“Then that fell through, so I was his last option. There was nobody at 154 for him to fight. [Saul] Canelo [Alvarez] already had a fight with somebody and the rest of the guys are with Al Haymon. He really didn’t have any options but to fight me, so that’s where he went.”