This generation of boxing fans have had to put up with something that at no other time in the sport of boxing have fans had to put up with and that is “Fight Marination” and inevitibly as a bye product “Over-Marination” . Some say it started with Floyd Matweather and his super fight with Manny Pacquiao which took around seven years to get signed, which ended up a bit of a snooze fest. Others say it started back in the 90’s when Lennox Lewis looked set to fight Roddick Bowe in what would have been the biggest fight of that golden era of heavyweights, but after square up’s and heated exchanges the fight had over-marinated one thing led to another and intrest petered out robbing fan’s of the chance to see the best Heavyweight Title fight in a generation. No matter who is to blame for this frustrating and greed based addition to making the biggest and best fights, It looks here to stay.
Over the past 6 years Britain has had two of the best 147lbs fighters in the world in Amir Khan and Kell Brook which has seen fans foam at the mouth at the prospect of both men meeting in the ring for what would be the biggest domestic super fight since Benn/Eubank in the 1990’s. For years we have had Eddie Hearn tell us this fight would sell out Wembley stadium. We have had Kell Brook call out,insult and mock Khan on a weekly basis tying to goad him into the fight. Although this fight made so much sense at one time Amir Khan would not budge, bite nor waver in his resolute to throw Brook a bone. You see At the same time that Brook wouldn’t leave sheffield and chase big fights , Khan was out challenging the best in the division and picking up some big paydays along the way in the US . Although Brook was a World Champion his CV was weak and Khan used this to his advantage not to come home and fight Brook as Brook needed Khan a lot more than Khan needed Brook .
I think the real reason that the Khan/Brook fight didn’t happen is that although this fight would have made Khan a career high pay day four years ago , he just doesn’t like Eddie Hearn or Brook , instead of throwing Brook a bone he decided to take on the likes of Danny Garcia and Lammont Peterson , keeping the Brook fight as an option whilst trying to make fights with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paquaiuo which never happened , in a period that also seen Khan badly KO’d three times , which really calmed all talk of the Brook fight being made and the fight looked all but dead .
Now years have passed and as it goes in the crazy world of boxing Amir Khan has now signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom boxing , reigniting hope that the Khan/Brook fight can now be made , i mean it makes sense right ? ….Well I’m not so sure . A lot of people don’t like to admit this but Amir Khan is still bigger name in boxing around the world than Kell Brook and that’s why i have my doubts that this fight will ever be made . I think Eddie Hearn will use Khan on his Matchroom USA show’s to help get them established in the US . Khan has already said there is more chance of him fighting Adrian Broner than Kell Brook , and that would need to take place in the US to maximise interest , and that would be a great statement by Matchroom that they are serious about there US Venture .
So where now for Brook ? , Well Brook has now lost his 147lbs title and moved up to 154lbs , one of the most stacked divisions out there at the moment but still not a lucrative division . The only route i see open to Brook is the WBO route , where champion Sadam Ali will face Liam Smith in May . Im sure Brook and Eddie Hearn will be praying that Ali wins that fight as it would be a lot easier to get a fight with Ali signed as Smith fights for Frank Warren and there is no way he would let Brook get his hands on the title . Kell Brook is not finished just yet , he could easily cash out with a Jerrett Hurd or Charlo coming to the UK in what would be a Sky PPV event , but i believe Brook’s next loss is his last one so i don’t see him rushing to sign up to fight those guys if he can avoid it .
Since i was a young lad I’ve always looked at the top boxers in the world as superhumans , watching guys like Evander Holyfield fight Riddick Bowe in amazement, wondering to myself “How can these guys still be standing” ,also every boxing fan who’s worth there salt loves Ward/Gatti , Barrera/Morales and more recently Salido/Vargas . These guys put everything on the line, for them quitting was not an option, sorry , it is an option but its not one they would consider . Now as harsh as it sounds ,i think you have to say Kell Brook quit ,to say otherwise disrespects what what these other warriors stand for .
It was not worth “Risk v Reward” ,which i will not have a go at him for.
Now I’m not going to sit here and say “I would have fought on” infact the opposite is true , a soon as i suspected there was a serious problem, i would have stopped . Brook fought on , but with the fight getting away from him due to Spence’s energy sapping shots and Brooks eye swelling up , Brook decided with a suspected broken orbital bone , that it was not worth “Risk v Reward” which is fine, infact i thought Bellew’s comments after the fight where a bit much as every man has his limits .
Am i saying Brook is like Nick Walters, no chance.
Since the fight has ended i do have a problem with the lack of respect from some fans for the guys who would put there life on the line rather than quit . If you think this way ask yourself this , If Brook thought he was well ahead of Spence , would he have quit ? …would he fuck . These other people, like Brooks trainer calling it an injury and trying to devalue Spence’s performance , sorry i don’t accept that, Brook did not twist his ankle or pull a hamstring , sustained punishement from Spence broke the bone then made Brooks mind up that he could not continue . As i have said i grew up looking at boxers as superhumans ,we all love guys like Smoking Joe Frazier, who fought some of the all time great heavyweight whilst being blind in one eye, we have seen boxers fight with dislocated shoulders ,broken hands ,we have even seen Ricky Burns fight 10 rounds with a broken jaw . Am i saying Brook is like Nick Walters ,not a chance but by calling this a “quit” it really emphisises what the true warriors of the sport are willing to give in the ring .
Well guys the Big Fights just keep coming thick and fast in 2017, but this one feels a bit special , as Special Kell Brook gets ready to take on the very highly rated Errol Spence Jnr in Sheffield on Saturday night . This is a fight i have been shouting had to be made for around 18 months , but after Brook took a stab at GGG at middleweight it was suggested he might drop IBF Welterweight crown and move up , but to my relief and excitement he has hung around to take on his manditory challenger infront of 30,000 at his beloved Bramall Lane.
“Defences against guys like Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier doubled with Brook being stabbed in Spain has seen his career stall”
Now i have said before in this blog space that “I used to be high on Kel Brook” in past tense, because Kell Brook (W36/L1/D0 KOs 25) since bringing the IBF strap home after defeating Shawn Porter, has stalled . It has even been suggested that Brook had lost his hunger in the ring. Like most in the the UK, I thought Brook would push on and chase down the biggest fight in the division because he certainly had the talent, but infact the opposite happened. Defences against guys like Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier doubled with Brook being stabbed in Spain, it has seen his career fail to catch fire the past few years. After trying to mix it at middleweight, Brook is back where he belongs and looks ready to take on the best again, even proving sceptics like myself wrong by making weight relatively easy.
“i think a lot of the stateside pundits maybe underestimating the gulf in class between guys like Algieri and Bundu to Kell Brook”
I’ve sat up and took notice of Errol Spence (W21/L0/D0/kos18) for a couple of years now . I can remember thinking when i saw him take Chris Algieri apart ,that he reminded me of the Kell Brook of old. Spence does have some genetic advantages over Brook tho like the sheer size of the man, anyone who seen them at the first press conference when the fight had been announced ,couldn’t help notice how big the American was. There is also no questions marks over Spence’s hunger and commitment as he’s been chasing this fight for nearly two years , and i have to admit there did seem a bit of reluctance from the Brook camp to make it even when Spence was ordered as mandatory . The one thing about Spence tho is he is relatively untested , i think a lot of the stateside pundits maybe underestimating the gulf in class between guys like Algieri and Bundu to Kell Brook , but one thing is for sure by fights end on Saturday night we will see if Spence is the real deal .
I think most people including the two fighters accept this a close 50/50 fight , Brook even suggested he thinks both of them might touch the floor before the fight ends . There are so many unknowns in this fight like , has Brook lost any power coming down to 147lbs again ? He looks very ripped which is a sign of a lean diet .Also no one really knows how Spence will react to someone actually hitting him back or if his power is as all its cracked up to be . Personally i think this is Spence’s time ,after seeing the lads last few fights i feel he has the momentum and belief to get the job done , but with how bad some of the judging is in the UK he will need a stoppage to get the win , my money will be on Errol Spence Jnr stoppage rounds 7 to12 for around 10/3 in the bookies .