By Michael Collins: IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) will be defending his title against Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) on February 23rd at the Joe Louis Arena, in Detroit, Michigan. The fight was supposed to take place on January 19th, but Brook injured one of his ankles during training and he needs another month to heal properly to be ready for the fight.
Brook said on his twitter “Feb 23 I’m gonna show the world just how Special I am. I’m gonna bring this World title home for Britain.”
Brook has good boxing skills and excellent power. However, he’s so inexperienced that he may not be ready for a fight like this. His British promoters have brought him along so incredibly slow that it’s wasted a lot of his career with the soft match-making.
Brook has been a pro for 8 years, yet he’s still fighting the likes of Carson Jones, Matthew Hatton and Luis Galarza. Brook should have been facing those guys years ago instead of someone who is almost 10 years into his career.
The lack of experience is going to be a problem for Brook because he’s going to be moving from facing a gun with an inflated record in Hector Saldivia against one of the top welterweights in the division in Alexander.
Alexander defeated Randall Bailey in his last fight in October to win the International Boxing Federation title. Before that, Alexander easily defeated Marcos Maidana in a lopsided 10 round decision. In those two fights, Alexander showed that he could bottle up big punchers without any problem and rarely get hit in the process of winning.
Brook can puncher, but he’s not in the class of Maidana or Bailey in the power department. The only thing that Brook can hope to do is a win a decision because he’s not going to be bringing anything that Alexander hasn’t already seen before.
On the undercard of this fight will be IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage defending his title against Ishe Smith.