Date: 29th May 2017 at 9:34am
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Bramall Lane, on Saturday night, witnessed a thrilling IBF world welterweight title fight.

Dropping back down to welterweight, after his one-fight dalliance at middleweight against Gennady Golovkin, Kell Brook defended if IBF belt against his mandatory challenger Errol Spence.

Spence, unbeaten in his professional career, arrived on these shores with a big reputation and was keen to talk up his chances of taking the belt back to the US.

Once the formalities had concluded, with Michael Buffer doing his usual excellent job, the fight got underway.

In the early rounds, Brook appeared to be setting the pace, forcing the issue and doing enough to take the rounds.

However, Spence looked to be boxing a controlled fight and as the middle rounds passed, you got the feeling that the American was warming to the task and making the fight a level one.

Unfortunately, Brook appeared to be troubled by an injury to his left eye and with the eye closing Spence took full advantage pressing home attacks and looking the far more likely fighter to win.

In the tenth-round Brook looked to be in trouble and was down on the canvas. Brook climbed to his feet and responded well but Spence sensed the end was coming.

Brook came out for the eleventh-round but the eye injury was giving Brook serious cause for concern and when he voluntarily went down on one knee, Spence knew the job was done, celebrating in his own corner.

Brook?s reign as the IBF world welterweight champion had come to an end but you could only admire the work of Spence who sensing he had a chance to win subjected Brook to a barrage of attacks, targeting the damaged eye and also switching to the body.

For Spence the future looks bright, for Brook it doesn?t look so rosy.