Errol Spence Jr vs Lamont Peterson Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions

Errol Spence Jr makes the first defence of his IBF welterweight title against Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in New York.
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Spence Jr vs Peterson
January 21,2018
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Spence Jr makes maiden welterweight title defence against Peterson

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 19 KOs) will make the first defence of his title against maiden challenger Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) this weekend in New York City.

At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the reigning title holder will look to put on another statement performance on home territory and further live up to the hype surrounding him.

Spence has long been tipped as one of boxing’s next big stars and he showcased exactly why last May, when he brutally broke down and stopped Britain’s Kell Brook to become world champion.

Errol Spence Jr

The 147lbs titlist halted the Sheffield fighter in front of 27,000 fans at Bramall Lane to leave his mark on the division and justify the widespread expectations placed on his shoulders.

But the 27-year-old failed to secure a fight date during the rest of 2017 and his next outing in the Big Apple will be his first defence of the IBF crown. He will enter as the odds-on 1/20 clear favourite to prevail with most bookies.

Meanwhile, former two-weight world champion Peterson is set to enter the ring as the 10/1 outsider with Paddy Power to spring a surprise and halt the Spence Jr hype train in New York.

Spence Jr seeking statement showing on home soil

In one of boxing’s glamour divisions, Spence will be aiming to secure a strong success and edge closer towards a highly-awaited unification showdown with WBA and WBC champion Keith Thurman further down the line.

With pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford now also set to contest at 147lbs, the welterweight division looks to hopefully hold some promising match-ups in the coming months.

The likes of Danny Garcia, Jeff Horn and Shawn Porter are also in the mix, while Amir Khan has recently signed with Eddie Hearn and will seek a return to the fray as well.

But first up for ‘the Truth’ is Peterson, who has also been highly inactive in recent years. This will be his first outing since last February when he outscored David Avanesyan and only his second in over two years.

Peterson has lost three times in his 14-year career, having been outpointed by Timothy Bradley and Garcia in 2009 and 2015 respectively. His only stoppage defeat came at the hands of Lucas Matthysse in May 2013 too.

The now 33-year-old has the movement and experience to make proceedings awkward for the champion, though, but the Washington native is a 25/1 outside shout with Paddy Power to gain a decision win here.

Spence, on the other hand, is on a rampant surge of knockout victories and another this weekend would be his 10th consecutive stoppage success since September 2014.

Along that impressive run he has halted Chris van Heerden, Chris Algieri, Leonard Bundu and, of course, Sheffield favourite Brook. The hard-hitting title holder is 2/5 to earn his 10th straight KO in NYC.

Although, if Peterson arrives in top shape and can keep up with the quick pace throughout, this could well go the distance. Spence is therefore a promising 5/2 with Paddy Power to prevail via the judges’ scorecards and retain his IBF crown on home turf.

Errol Spence Jr 5/2 to win by decision with Paddy Power

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