By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
Errol Spence Jr. (23-0 / 20 by KO) successfully defended his IBF welterweight title by stopping Lamont Peterson (35-4-1 / 17 by KO) after seven rounds of action in a nationally televised bout on Showtime, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.
The performance from start to finish by Spence was nothing less than spectacular over a game Peterson. He connected with clean combinations and was precise with his body shots.
Spence was issued a warning by referee Harvey Dock in round four after a series of punches that appeared low.
In round five an uppercut-left hook combination dropped Peterson, and that was simply the beginning of the end of the fight. Peterson beat the count and took further punishment, but gamely fought back in that round.
With Peterson’s right eye partially closed, Spence took advantage with patience and an array of nicely timed punches in round six.
At the start of round seven the doctor was called in to look at Peterson’s eye; the bout would then continue with Spence in complete control as they finished the round.
As the bell rang for round eight Peterson’s corner called off the fight, a very justifiable decision by trainer Barry Hunter which prevented any further beat down Peterson could have received from Spence.
The time of the stoppage was officially ruled at the one second mark of round eight.
Errol Spence certainly has established himself as a bright upcoming star in a rich welterweight division in boxing that includes Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Danny Garcia, Jeff Horn, and Manny Pacquiao, as well as the emergence of Terence Crawford. The future looks bright among the 147 pound weight class of stars!