By John J. Raspanti
Errol Spence fights like a man who has something to prove. In a way he does. Spence impressed most by traveling to the UK and toppling Kell Brook. Other than that, his resume is a little thin. Wins over Leonard Bunda and Chris Algieri were nice but…
Saturday night Spence made mincemeat of Lamont Peterson, stopping the former two-division champion in round seven at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The win was definitely impressive.
Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) was on point from the opening bell. He stuck out his jab. Peterson looked to counter, but as his norm, he started slowly. He wasn’t moving much—just eying the champion. Spence, a southpaw, stayed calm and fired straight shots.
In round two, Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) landed two lead right hands. Spence hammered Peterson’s body and head with various punches. A huge left seemed to shock Peterson—who moved away quickly like a guy who had been electrocuted.
In rounds three and four, Spence continued to pound Peterson with combinations. Spence’s work rate was steady. He fights like a man chopping down a tree. Two big uppercuts connected. Peterson tried jabbing more, but he needed to do something to get Spence’s respect. He wasn’t punching enough.
Peterson landed a left hook in round five. Spence, as if insulted, dropped Peterson with a crisp left hook to the temple. Another left wobbled Peterson. He fought back with a big right that didn’t bother Spence. Peterson was hurt, but hung in to hear the bell. Peterson tried to throw more punches in round six. He fired a right and left. Both landed.
Spence, unfazed, stuck to his game plan. He clubbed Peterson with multiple hooks and uppercuts. Peterson landed another hard right hand, but Spence walked right through it.
The doctor checked Peterson before round seven commenced. His eyes were swollen and quickly closing, but there was no quit in the former champion.
Spence was having fun in there at Peterson’s expense. He continued to pummel the courageous Peterson with thudding blows. Peterson was being beaten down inch by inch.
After the round ended, Peterson trainer Barry Hunter decided that he seen enough. He told the referee Harvey Dock that the fight was over.
Peterson didn’t complain. He had been beaten like a drum.
“I want to thank Lamont Peterson,” said Spence. ”He took the fight like a real warrior and fighter. Lamont was willing to die in there. He’s a real fighter.”
“He (Spence) was the better man tonight,” said Peterson.
Spence called out WBA and WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman after the fight.
"Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on "Some Time" Thurman," said Spence.
Thurman is hoping to return to ring soon after elbow surgery, but he won’t face Spence right away. A tune-up is more likely.