By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
ERROL SPENCE JNR has the chance to show how good he is when he faces Lamont Peterson.
But he still has a long way to go if he is going to take over from Floyd Mayweather as America’s biggest boxing star.
The unbeaten IBF welterweight champion from Texas takes on veteran Washington native Peterson in a must-watch clash in the early hours of tomorrow morning in New York.
Spence Jnr took the title from Sheffield’s Kell Brook last May in a stunning display at Bramall Lane.
The American had no worries about travelling to England for the fight and he was in total control that night as he ended Brook’s reign as champion with a late stoppage win.
But now it is time for him to prove he can mix it with the very best in the division like his compatriot Keith Thurman.
The Mayweather comparisons will come because he is a talented fighter from America competing in the division that ‘Money’ ruled for so long.
But Spence Jnr will need a big breakthrough fight to come close to the pound-for-pound great.
He is now 28 and heading into his prime, so should be ready for those huge nights now.
Peterson will offer him a test first as a former world champion who has experience of mixing it with the best.
He can boast a controversial win over Amir Khan from 2011 and has fought the likes of Danny Garcia and Timothy Bradley.
Peterson has only been stopped once in his three defeats, so an early finish would be a big statement for Spence to make.
Should Spence, the heavy betting favourite, come through then all roads lead to a unification clash with WBA and WBC champion Thurman.
It is sure to be an exciting fight worth staying up for.
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