‘The Special One’ is set to headline his beloved Brammall Lane for the first time, but there had been worries about how Brook would boil back down to 147 from a recent fight at middleweight against Gennady Golovkin.
In the end, Brook had plenty to spare and seemed happy in himself at Sheffield City Hall in front of a packed crowd.
For his part, Spence had no problems hitting under the 147lb limit as the American weighed 146.5 pounds and looked comfortable doing so.
Both fighters can hardly wait for Saturday night when all eyes will be on Brook’s native land of Sheffield as more than 27,000 fans are expected to cheer on their hero against the Dallas-born Spence.
“It means absolutely everything, bringing world championship boxing to this stadium in Sheffield,” Brook said. “I can imagine just walking in the stadium and hearing the roar of the crowd from the bottom of the stands to the top and all around the arena.”
Spence said he doesn’t care about the “hostile” crowd. “Why did I agree to go to the U.K? Because that’s what real fighters do,” Spence said. “He did that. He came over to America and go the title from Shawn Porter.”
In the co-feature for the vacant WBA super-middleweight crown, ex-belt holder Fedor Chudinov scaled 167.3, whilst Briton George Groves came in at 167.4 at he attempts to win a world title at the fourth time of asking.
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