Errol Spence planning for life after '˜beating' Sheffield's Kell Brook
Knock out artist Errol Spence is already planning on who to fight after beating Kell Brook in the New Year.
The super-confident 26-year-old American southpaw has been frustrated by a lack of action since KOing Leonard Bundu in August, saying he has been waiting for the Sheffield fighter to recover from eye socket injury so he can take his IBF welterweight belt off him.
And he is keeping an eye on the Keith Thurman v Danny Garcia WBC and WBA contest planned for March 4, saying he wants the winner.
Talking on video on the boxingscene.com website Spence said: “I am ready to fight for the IBF title, hopefully we will fight sooner than later.”
He said the South Yorkshireman “can add to my legacy; he is fighting a name and a tremendous talent.”
He added Brook was the opponent he wanted to fight more than anybody else.
“I guess we all wait on the purse bids which are in February...It is hard to wait around .
“When I win this world title then I fight the winner of Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia and unify then hopefully I can fight (Manny) Pacquiao and become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. That is one of my goals.”
Brook, 30, beaten for the first time in his last appearance, against Gennady Golovkin, will savour the suggestion that Spence is already seemingly looking past him.
Meanwhile retired Sheffield boxer Jerome Wilson says he has to be strong to mask the pain and frustration in his recovery from brain surgery.
Wilson, 29, was knocked out by Rotherham-based Cameroonian Serge Ambomo two years ago and suffered a head injury which resulted in him being placed in a coma.
He spoke to the BBC about his struggle to rehabilitate fully from his injuries, as he battles depression, chronic pain and short term memory loss.
Wilson says the “bad days” are “very, very hard”, but insists he has to remain strong and simply do the best he can to keep progressing.
“I have to say I am winning , but the reality is I have a lot of hills in front of me.”