Errol Spence once again proved why there’s so much talk of the welterweight world title holder becoming a pound for pound star by taking out ex-two-weight ruler Lamont Peterson out in the mid-rounds of their clash on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
‘The Truth’ forced Peterson’s corner to step in and stop further punishment after another dazzling display in front of the New York crowd.
After the fight, Spence spoke to SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray and was quick to give credit to his opponent. “I want to thank Lamont,” he said.
“A lot of guys turned down the fight and he took it like a real warrior and I commend him for that. He’s a tough fighter. He’s willing to die in there.”
Despite earning the win in commanding fashion, Spence still believes he has room to improve. “I still can improve a lot on my defense,” said the unbeaten world champion. “I just have to keep perfecting my skills and keep progressing. You’re going to see a better Errol Spence next time I get in the ring.”
On his next target, Spence revealed a makeable unification with stablemate Keith Thurman was top of his list.
“Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on “Some Time” Thurman,” said Spence, looking ahead to a possible unification match with the WBC and WBA Welterweight world champion.
“Since I was 15-0 I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses. Let’s get it on. He has two of the belts and we both have big names. It’s an easy fight to make and I want it.”
As Thurman has been out injured since January, it’s thought the unified title holder may want a warm-up before facing Spence, meaning a more logical timeframe for the fight would be around the late summer.