ERROL SPENCE JR battered Lamont Peterson on the best way to an eighth-round technical knockout on Saturday to retain his Worldwide Boxing Federation welterweight world title.
Spence strengthened his fame as the most effective of boxing’s rising stars, scoring his 10th straight win inside the space as he improved to 23-Zero with 20 knockouts.
Spence, making his first defence of the title he seized from Britain’s Kell Brook in Might, dominated from the opening bell on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, pummelling Peterson with combos to the pinnacle and physique.
He despatched former two-time world champion Peterson to the canvas within the fifth spherical with a mixture that included a left hook to the pinnacle.
Each of Peterson’s eyes had been swelling shut by the seventh spherical, and because the bell sounded to start out the eighth Peterson’s coach Barry Hunter referred to as for it to be stopped by referee Harvey Dock.
Dock waved the combat off at one second into the eighth spherical.
“I need to thank Lamont Peterson,” Spence mentioned. “Quite a lot of guys did flip down the combat and he took it, like an actual warrior. I commend him for that.”
Whereas Spence has been tipped as a future pound-for-pound king, he says he is obtained loads of room for enchancment.
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“I nonetheless can enhance quite a bit on my defence,” he mentioned. “I simply should maintain perfecting my abilities and maintain progressing. You are going to see a greater Errol Spence subsequent time I get within the ring.”
Spence is hoping to showcase his improved abilities in opposition to Keith Thurman, holder of two welterweight belts who has been sidelined since out-pointing Danny Garcia final March due to elbow surgical procedure.
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“Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on ‘Sometimes’ Thurman,” Spence said, a poke at Thurman’s “One Time” nickname. “Since I was 15-0 I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses. Let’s get it on.”
On the undercard, IBF lightweight world champion Robert Easter Jr. remained unbeaten with a split-decision victory over Javier Fortuna.
Easter’s title wasn’t at stake after Fortuna failed to make weight on Friday. But Dominican southpaw Fortuna made things awkward for the 26-year-old champion with his counter-punching style.
Easter was largely unable to use his superior height and reach, but the point deducted from Fortuna early in the bout for repeated blows to the back of Easter’s head proved costly.
One ringside judge scored it 114-113 to Easter, another saw it 114-113 for Fortuna and a third made it 115-112 for Easter — who heard a few boos as the results were read out.
“The fans are booing because I didn’t get the knockout,” said Easter, who improved to 21-0 with 14 knockouts while Fortuna fell to 33-2 with one drawn and 23 knockouts.
“It was tough,” Easter said. “He was sitting back, trying to counter-punch. He really wasn’t throwing nothing. That made it difficult for me to keep chasing this guy around.
“But we got the ‘W’. That’s all that matters.”