Errol Spence Jr. to fight Lamont Peterson in January

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has the potential to be the next big thing in boxing. Spence, who traveled overseas to beat Kell Brook back in May, announced tonight that his next fight will be against the always tough Lamont Peterson in January.

Here is what Spence had to say about his upcoming fight against Peterson:

“I’m happy to be here, it’s been awhile. It’s finally time to defend my title, capture more titles and become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world,” Spence said. “That’s what I’m ready to do next year.[Peterson] is somebody that I looked up to as an amateur. I sparred with him as an amateur and learned a lot from him. He’s one of my favorite fighters and is a guy that will fight anybody. I’ve never known him to duck a fight. Lamont is a tricky fighter. He’s been around the block. He does a lot of cagey, veteran things. I’m looking to get experience in this fight. I’m still a young fighter.“Since I was 5-0, I’ve said I’d fight Keith Thurman or anybody in the top 5. He’s got to go through rehab, but I’m ready when he is. I’m always ready to fight the best.”

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