(Photos by Daniel Cork)
Inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY Errol Spence Jr. defeated Lamont Peterson by TKO one second into the start of the eighth round. Errol Spence Jr. came into this title fight with much respect for the former two division world champion Lamont Peterson. It was youth, power, and pure boxing ability that made the difference in this highly anticipated match-up.
Spence started the fight using a solid game plan that his team put together. His punch output and placement of punches was the key to the domination of Peterson. Spence landed hard shots to the body and through the guard of Peterson in every round. The shots that Spence landed had bad intentions and showed they had a early effect on Peterson. In round five Spence landed a right hand then followed it with a short left hook behind the glove to knock Peterson down on the canvas for the eight count. Peterson survived the round and came out in the sixth trying to be a little more aggressive, but Spence added some angles and footwork to continue to hurt Peterson even more. After seeing his fighter take too many clean shots coach Barry Hunter put a end to the contest by waving it off. It was the overall power and boxing skills of Spence that made things more difficult for Peterson to win the fight.
Errol Spence Jr. remains the unbeaten IBF welterweight champion with a record of (23-0, 20 KO's) while the veteran Lamont Peterson is now (35-4-1, 17 KO's).