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Kell Brook Is Ready For the Big Time

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By. BrotherJR

October 30, 2013

For anybody that follow me on twitter and listen to my podcast, Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report, they know that for about two years I’ve been touting Brook as not just a future Welterweight world champion, but the next big star in the sport and a future Pound 4 Pound entrant.  When I first saw Brook fight Lovemore N’Dou back in 2011, my first thoughts that Brook had it all.  He showed terrific skills, athleticism, quick hands and feet, good defense, a great variety of punches, as well as the confidence and cool that it takes to be an elite fighter.  Brook was a fighter to watch, and in follow-up fight against Rafal Jackiewicz and Matthew Hatton, the fighter known as “Special K” seemed to be only improving.

Then came Brook’s fight with Carson Jones in July 2012 in which Brook was victorious, but was really tested. Brook was wobbled, suffered a bloody nose, and lacked his usual composure. While Brook survived the test and won with a late rounds rally, skeptics came a calling questioning whether Brook was indeed the goods. Brook regrouped since, including a dominant 8th round stoppage in a rematch with Jones this past July.

This past Saturday, Brook returned to the ring against former WBA Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England. Senchenko, fresh off of his stoppage over Ricky Hatton, was supposed to provide Brook with a pretty stern test. The fight turned out to not be much of a test at all for Brook as he set the pace early, setting the tone by establishing the jab and outboxing Senchenko through the first two rounds. Brook showed his power, knocking down Senchenko with a fight hand in round 3. Senchenko slightly wobbled Brook during the middle of round 4, but Brook responded by getting Senchenko’s attention with a left hook, then knocking him down by way of a right hand with 20 seconds to go in the round. Senchenko go up, but was unsteady on his feet and unable to continue capping off a very impressive performance by Brook.

In the aftermath of Brook’s TKO over Senchenko, his rematch stoppage over Jones, and the overall progression throughout his professional career I can can only come to one conclusion. And that is, it’s time for Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) to step up and test himself against the elite Welterweights in the world. Kell Brook’s next fight should be a world title fight and I don’t particularly care who it is against, be it Timothy Bradly, Adrien Broner, or even Floyd Mayweather (yeah, I know that Brook will not probably beat Floyd at this point, but he’ll give Mayweather a better fight than either Robert Guerrero or Canelo Alvarez did). The question is, who will Brook’s big fight be against. Brook has been the number one contender for Alexander’s IBF belt for a while and hasn’t got a title shot yet. Negotiations for a bout seemed to be in place for earlier this year, then Brook suffered a leg injury. When Brook became healthy, Alexander moved on and will be defending the crown against Shawn Porter coming up in December. WBA champ Adrien Broner is set to fight Marcos Maidana in November, and while WBO champion Timothy Bradley, fresh off of a decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez, is looking towards a possible rematch with Manny Pacquiao (assuming Pacquiao handles Brandon Rios on Nov. 23). And rumors are running rampant that the boss of the Welterweight division and the best boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather, is looking to fight Amir Khan next.

Brook is promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport, and 2014 needs to be the time that they work their magic and put Brook in the ring against one of the big dogs of the Welterweight division. Brook is 27, and he needs to waste no more time toiling against the likes of Carson Jones and Senchenko anymore. Hopefully, Brook will finally get his shot at the IBF belt and the winner of Alexander and Porter (I hope it’s Alexander). Maybe Brook will come to the U.S. and fight the winner of Broner – Maidana or even Timothy Bradley. The bottom line is, Kell Brook is ready for biggest and best in the division.  If Matchroom Sport can’t get him a fight with the big dogs hell, I say Brook find a way to leave Eddie Hearn and sign with Golden Boy or Bob Arum and get him a big fight with one of the big names.

Two years ago, I said that Kell Brook was special.  He has he talent and the personality to be a big name in the sport. All that Brook needs is the opportunity and a big fight. The time is now for Kell Brook, let’s hope it happens.

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