In the main event of the evening at Bramall Lane, Sheffield Kell Brook (36-2, 25KOs) lost his IBF world welterweight title against American Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 19KOs).
On the under-card George Groves (26-3, 19KOs) won the WBA super world super-middleweight title at the fourth attempt in a sixth round stoppage of Fedor Chudinov (14-2, 10KOs).
Before all that on Friday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff Andrew Selby (9-0, 5KOs) rose from the canvas to win his WBC world flyweight title eliminator against Cristofer Rosales (23-3, 15KOs).
Then on the other side of the pond super-bantamweight Michael Conlan (2-0, 2KOs) stopped Alredo Chanez (4-5, 2KOs) in Chicago, Illinois.
Two of America’s rising stars are now on the verge of becoming superstars after recording victories away from home. Last week Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17KOs) stopped Liam Walsh (21-1, 14KOs) in impressive fashion at the Copper Box Arena to retain his IBF world super-featherweight title
But ‘The Truth’ Errol Spence Jr topped Davis with an accomplished victory against Brook in front of his own beloved Sheffield fans. In my opinion the 27 year old from Texas is now the man to beat in the welterweight division.
The fight was even after the first three rounds with Spence Jr edging the first, Brook winning the second and I couldn’t split them in the third.
I gave the next three rounds to Brook as I felt he did the better work but from the seventh onward’s it was all about Spence Jr. You could clearly see that Brook suffered an eye injury in the seventh and was unable to prevent Spence Jr from connecting cleanly.
From that point on the Texan’s hand speed and slick skills were causing Brook all sorts of problems. After a bombardment of punches in the tenth the Englishmen took a knee. To his credit he came back with some big shots that seemed to trouble the American late in the round.
Surprisingly for me Brook emerged from his corner for the eleventh but after one minute and 46 seconds Howard Foster stopped the fight after Brook went down again holding his left eye.
Huge respect to Errol Spence Jr for taking on Brook in his hometown and coming out the victor. I believe he has the tools to go on and unify the welterweight division and maybe even become the best ‘pound for pound’ fighter in the next 12-18 months.
I don’t think this is the last we see of Kell Brook as I do believe he has a lot to offer but I do think a year away will help him heal mentally and physically.
On a positive note for British boxing ‘The Saint’ George Groves finally won a world title at his fourth attempt when he stopped Russian Fedor Chudinov in the sixth round. Referee Steve Gray had no option but to stop the fight after Chudinov had no response to a blistering combination.
Potentially Groves will be lining up a unification match with James DeGale or maybe Chris Eubank Jr.
Lenroy James (21-4, 10KOs) won the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title in the split decision over David Allen (11-3-1, 8KOs)
Cruiserweight prospect Lawrence Okolie (3-0, 3KOs) knocked out undefeated Czech Rudolf Helesic (2-1, 2KOs)
Jamie Cox, Kyle Yousaf, Atif Shafiq, Nadeem Siddique, Andy Townsend, Anthony Fowler and Joe Cordina all recorded victories.
Andrew Selby is now on course for a world title shot in only his tenth pro fight as he bids to join older brother Lee Selby as a world champion.
It was not all plain sailing for the 28 year old as he had to overcome a first round knock down to win a unanimous decision with two judges scoring it 117-110 and the other 118-109.
On the under-card Cruiserweight Matty Askin (22-3-1, 14KOs) knocked out undefeated Craig Kennedy (16-1, 8KOs) in six rounds.
Belfast boy Michael Conlan made light work of Alredo Chanez with a stoppage in the third round at UIC Pavillion in Chicago. The 25 year old was not happy with his performance and wanted to face an opponent who could test him.
Next up for Conlan is a trip to Brisbane, Australia to fight on the under-card of Pacquiao/ Horn.
I can’t help but feel gutted for Brook as I have been a fan for a long time now but putting that a side I really am looking forward to watching Errol Spence Jr again in the future.
Really please for Groves after so many near misses as this really was his last chance saloon. I can not wait to see who he takes on next, although I would love to see him beat up the big headed Chris Eubank Jr.
Us Brits may have lost a world champion but we at least managed to claim another. Hopefully we can keep progressing and drawing in the big crowds so the top stars in the world will keep coming over to our little island.