Errol Spence successfully defended his IBF welterweight title last night in Brooklyn, stopping Lamont Peterson after the seventh round. Trainer Barry Hunter decided that Peterson had had enough, and that was a good decision. In a very dominating performance, Spence not only overpowered Peterson but easily absorbed his best punches.
Spence dropped Peterson in round 5 upon landing a series of uppercuts and big left hooks, and Peterson simply did not have any answers or him. The official time of the stoppage was 0:01 of round eight when Peterson's trainer and father-figure Barry Hunter asked for the stoppage.
Hunter commented about the stoppage according to ESPN Sports, "It was really hard [to stop the fight], but if you know Lamont, you know he was not going to give up," Hunter said. "So I had to stop it. At the end of the day this is my son right here. And there's nothing more valuable than his well being. If it comes to him or winning, I pick him. I care about him." Peterson did not refute Hunter's decision.
CompuBox punch statistics reflect that Spence landed 161 of 526 (31%) of his total punches, while Peterson landed only 45 of 158 (28%) of his total punches. Spence was ahead by scores of 70-62 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
What Spence wants is a unification fight with two-belt titleholder Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs), who is due to return in April upon recovering from elbow surgery.
According to ESPN Sports, Spence stated, "Everybody knows I've been waiting on 'Sometime' Thurman. Since I was 15-0 I've been calling this guy out, and he keeps making excuses. Let's get it on. I want Keith Thurman. He has two of the belts, and we both have big names. It's an easy fight to make, and I want it."
Keith Thurman isn't opposed to making the fight according to a Twitter post addressed to Spence. "I'm watching you young buck. Be patient, your time is coming."