I’d wager that most of the top US prospects don’t even own a passport.Posted October 23, 2012 8:30 pm
Mick the Marmalizer
Ozzy: All our little fellers(Fly’s, Bantam’s ECT) complain that there’s never any compitition in the UK, but never make the effort to make the trip to Mexico, Thailand or South Africa where the little fellers hang out. I notice Scott Quigg went out to LA to train, but never took an undercard fight. The experiance & exposure is fantastic. I can’t remember his name, but there was a French chappie who trained & fought in Japan years ago & they loved & respected him for it. Kevin Satchell is the current British & Commonwealth flyweight champion, so what’s to stop the likes of him taking 6 months out as a learning curve?Posted October 23, 2012 4:16 pm
Totally agree with you @Mick the Marmalizer. There is a school of thought that a boxing ring is a boxing ring and so fighting abroad is no problem. I totally disagree with that – the strange surroundings, the weird food (if you haven’t took your own), the climate, etc etc can all badly affect the performance of a boxer or indeed any athelete. If you have the ambition to be a champion I think you must get experience of fighting abroad. I’m pleased to hear that Mark Heffron is doing this and I know George Groves has fought in the States a couple of times, however, (altho I could be wrong about this) I don’t think it’s common practice for our young boxers to train and fight abroad as their careers progress.Posted October 23, 2012 9:21 am
Mick the Marmalizer
Well said Ozzy! Too few British fighters take the plunge at an early stage in there career to gain the experiance & exposure of fighting abroad. Oldham middleweight Mark Heffron seems to be the exception to the rule thanks to his association with Gary Hyde who seems to have the contacts to get his fighters on European cards. France, Belgium, Holland & even Eira to the west are only a skip away, so why don’t British managers get young prospects on a few low key undercard fights outside of the UK? Even worse is home town fighters such as Scott Quigg & Rocky Fielding. Scottish H/W Gary Cornish is a feller who seems to be imprisoned North of the boarder, is why not get him out to Germany & Denmark. These guy’s need to travel, too many UK fighter come unstuck when they have to make the move.Posted October 23, 2012 3:42 am
I wouldn`t call Brook special, he has the power to get opponents attention, is tidy, and can pick some decent counterpunches.
This is the time to be a Welterweight if you aren`t elite but want a title – Malignaggi and Alexander are two of the most vulnerable world champions you`ll find, neither was ever even really considered higher than no 3 at JWW, and yet like Ortiz they manage to get belts at the next weight up.Posted October 22, 2012 6:32 pm
I support Kell Brook simply because I support all UK fighters. However I’d like separate myself from the plonkers who think Brook is the second coming of Sugar Ray Robinson just because he dropped some plank who somehow got a #3 rating with the IBF – I bet you Eddie Hearn helped with that. Hearn originally wanted Kell to fight over in the States to make his name like Amir Khan did however Kell didn’t enjoy the first trip to the US when he fought in Atlantic City and so the plan was ditched. Fighting at home has enabled Brook to keep his unbeaten record but it hasn’t improved the quality of the fighters he’s beaten and has been at the expense of vital experience. I think Devon Alexander will prefer to fight bigger names than Kell however even if Kell gets to fight Devon I just can’t see him winning in St Louis. I don’t think Hearn does either which I think is why he’s now insulting Amir Khan to try to set up a Khan – Brook fight, which I’m convinced will only take place if either Kell wins the world title or Khan gets beat again. We shall see what awaits the “possibly above average one”.Posted October 22, 2012 3:38 pm
Brook is bigger than himself-not really world class. Beating up some cowboy from the pampas proves nothing. I doubt Devon Alexander has had a sleepless night-should be an easy night for him unless little Eddie scuppers the fight.Posted October 22, 2012 3:18 pm
Hollow i’m not against Kell, i’m just not sold on him…..He had the opportunity to take a title shot but declined….These type of fights are embarrassing and not in any way competitive …….Posted October 22, 2012 1:40 pm
To CHRISTOV,,, yes he hurt that guy name Saldivia but then who in the hell was Saldivia any ways,,,come on now ,who has Brook actually fought to say he can beat Alexander ,,now im not a big Alexander fan ,in fact i dont like watching him fight.. but to say Brook is the next big thing is a joke..do you not see the structure of his face ,,if you know boxing ,,you should be able to tell that his face will not withstand much punishment …Posted October 22, 2012 12:50 pm
Hey Rich, whether you like it or not. Taking this fight and winning in style made Brook the number 1 contender for the IBF world title.
I don’t agree with it personally, but you have to take these fights to get the opportunities for title shots. Brook has fought and beaten much better opposition in Hatton and Jones, but the IBF made this guy their number 3 in the world.
We’ll have to see whether he can keep up the same level against better opposition, but he was wiping the floor with Jones until he gassed in round 6. If he can get over his stamina issues, he’d be a handful for anyone in the division.Posted October 22, 2012 11:54 am
Alexander is very good though … he’d be a tough one for Kell Brook, in fact Kell would be an underdog.Posted October 22, 2012 9:54 am
Mick the Marmalizer
Brook is now the IBF #1 contender, so as long as Eddie Heard can broker the deal the fight has to happen by no later then April. Brook states that if a Ricky Hatton or Amir Khan came along then he may go for it. However his bargaining power would be much better with the IBF belt around his waist, thus giving him the 60/40% split.
We all know who Alexander is… He stunk the place out on Saturday night against a shot shy Bailey.
I think Brook will give most Weters a very hard night. In addition to his power and timing, he’s an absolute monster at the weight. He should be able to bully Alexander to a wide UD.Posted October 22, 2012 4:40 am
Brook needs to stay away from Alexander until he fights a real live fighter. His toughest competition has been old guys. He should fight Malinaggi, or a top fighter of that level. Brook seems to have been brought along slowly, I would suggest throwing him to the dogs just yet.Posted October 22, 2012 3:53 am
Jack Dempsey,if you don’t know who kell Brook is then maybe try watching some boxing sometime.I could be wrong,but i’m guessing you live in America.If so,let me let you into a secret:there are boxers outside of America,honestly,i’m not kidding.You’ll know who he is soon enough when he destroys Alexander.That short left jab that hurt Saldivia so bad was a perfectly timed shot,just beautiful.I can’t remember a fighter being hurt that bad from a short left jab.Posted October 22, 2012 3:36 am
Can these writers please stop writing about this guy name Kell Brooks !! nobody knows who in the heck he is ,,stop trying to make him famous ,for mothers sake !! when something is posted about him it only gets 4 to 5 comments in return ..His own family dont know who he is, much less us!!!!Posted October 21, 2012 9:36 pm
Brook looked strong like Garcia did vs Khan. Brook looks pretty strong, I think he’d beat Khan.Posted October 21, 2012 5:37 pm
I hope Alexander vs. Brook happens but I won’t hold my breath.Posted October 21, 2012 3:03 pm
Perhaps they should consider replacing their schoolboy acting promoter…….Posted October 21, 2012 2:13 pm
I thought Domonic did a great job with Junior Witter on his conditioning and diet so not sure what changed when it came to brook. Brook has some serious power, to drop a man that badly with a jab is pretty impressive. Alexander is faster and possibly more skilled but overall I think brook wins it by late stoppage or points.Posted October 21, 2012 12:53 pm