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Errol Spence grinned as he strode to the scale Friday afternoon in England, seemingly at ease with the reception which indicates that the fans gathered in Sheffield prefer far and away the local kid, Kell Brook.

“Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr,” Michael Buffer intoned, and the watchers stayed silent. He made weight, hitting the mark, 146.5. The Texan, whose public persona is growing by the day, broke into a wide grin as some boos greeted him after stepping off the scale.

Brook, looking as lean and more muscled than the American, was 146.7.

The commentators expressed the stance that there was much chatter and worry that maybe making weight would be hard, but Spence hasn’t previously had issues, and social media posts have shown Brook to be looking fat free and on target in the last few months.

The welter bosses faced off, stared into each others’ eyes and souls, muttered some promises and threats. Brook chewed gum and clamped down on his jaw while Spence stared impassively, his eyes boring in on the shorter man.

Brook tried the waters at middleweight, and Gennady Golovkin, last time out and his bones paid the price. Spences’ power could be comparable, should he smack Brook with a shot he doesn’t see. But he looked as good as he ever has against a pressure guy more his own size, when he downed Shawn Porter in 2014. So his peeps are hoping for that Brook.

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Check out this promo reel (below) to get yourself fired up for the scrap.

 

Kell looks “mean, brooding and business-like,” Adam Smith told Shawn Porter, on site to help provide analysis. Johnny Nelson, the ex fighter, said that Brook likes pressure.

Brook was asked by Andy Scott about making the weight, again from the POV that people doubted he’d do it. He said “I busted me balls” to make welter, and did so because he didn’t want to ditch his 147 belt. “I’m stubborn,” he stated. He predits one of the fights of the year; “it’s going to be fireworks,” he said. “”i have to be at my very best to beat him,” he said, with smart hmility. “I beat Spence, I’m the number one welterweight,” he said, leapfrogging in his head Keith Thurman.

It was noted that the IBF mandates that neither man can put on more than ten pounds before the second day weigh in, and if they do, the title would not be at stake.

Spence then said he feels strong, and is looking forward to eat and drink. He expects “an action pack fight, one for the books,” and he thinks, yes, he could get hit, and “I cannot wait.” Can he get a LKO? “Definitely I can, definitely I can knock him out in front of his hometown fans,” the American said.

The winner is the best in the division, Spence stated. “KNockout or points,” he says a win is coming, “but we are going for a knockout.”

His demeanor was so smooth, so unruffled, it looked like. He could be a sharp actor, but I read it like he believes in every pore that he beats Brook tomorrow.

Kell looks “mean, brooding and business-like,” Adam Smith told Shawn Porter, on site to help provide analysis. Johnny Nelson, the ex fighter, said that Brook likes pressure.

Brook was asked by Andy Scott about making the weight, again from the POV that people doubted he’d do it. He said “I busted me balls” to make welter, and did so because he didn’t want to ditch his 147 belt. “I’m stubborn,” he stated. He predicts one of the fights of the year; “it’s going to be fireworks,” he said. “”I have to be at my very best to beat him,” he said, with smart humility. “I beat Spence, I’m the number one welterweight,” he said, leapfrogging in his head Keith Thurman.

It was noted that the IBF mandates that neither man can put on more than ten pounds before the second day weigh in, tomorrow early AM,  and if they do, the title would not be at stake.

Spence then said he feels strong, and is looking forward to eat and drink. He expects “an action packed fight, one for the books,” and he thinks, yes, he could get hit, and “I cannot wait.” Can he get a KO? “Definitely I can, definitely I can knock him out in front of his hometown fans,” the American said.

The winner is the best in the division, Spence stated. “Knockout or points,” he says a win is coming, “but we are going for a knockout.”

His demeanor was so smooth, so unruffled, it looked like. He could be a sharp actor, but I read it like he believes in every pore that he beats Brook tomorrow.

NOTE: Showtime is the platform provider for this tango in America. Get to a watching device and tune in for 5:15 PM ET Saturday to watch it live.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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