By Ryan Burton
Newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0) captured his world title in spectacular fashion when he traveled to the U.K. and stopped Kell Brook in spectacular fashion in May.
The 2012 U.S. Olympian credits his training alongside former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather for helping prepare him for the biggest and brightest stages in boxing.
Spence, a southpaw, served as one of Mayweather's chief sparring partners for his 2015 mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao.
"I'm a way better fighter," Spence told BoxingScene.com. "Just the whole experience and being in camp with Floyd and seeing how he works and trains. Seeing how he hits the pads and mitts and seeing how he trains for a world championship fight. That helped me a lot. I was like a sponge basically just soaking it all in."
Spence is currently waiting for his next assignment but will be a very interested observer of boxing's next super fight, when Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) challenges IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight king Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs). The fight takes place on September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Golovkin opening as the small betting favorite.
Spence doesn't share the same thought process as the oddsmakers.
"I think Canelo beats a Triple G. I think he's the better fighter and I think with him moving up the weight helps Canelo a lot. I think he had to suck down a lot to 154. I think he is the better skilled fighter than GGG," said Spence.
For his last fight back in May, Canelo moved up to a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds to dominate Mexican rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. over twelve rounds. For his part, Golovkin retained his world titles in March with a twelve round decision over mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs.
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