Brook shines on American debut

19 12 2011

Brook shines on American debut

Kell Brook has given British boxing a timely boost following his impressive American debut.

Brook produced a controlled performance to dispose of the durable Luis Galarza inside 5 rounds on the Froch-Ward undercard.

The Sheffield native was in complete control throughout the fight, despite being caught once or twice, and almost had the contest over in the first round.

Brook landed a big right hand followed up by a spiteful jab that had Galarza stumbling, only to be saved by the bell.

“Special K” showed good patience throughout the next few rounds and boxed smartly, landing fast combinations and breaking down his opponent with a hurtful jab.

Brook finally got rid of Galarza in the 5th. He landed a big right hand which pushed the Puerto Rican back onto the ropes before unleashing a flurry that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest.

In all honesty, the stoppage was perhaps a tad premature but it was only a matter of time before Brook knocked Galarza out and the referee did the right thing to prevent any further damage.

Now we all know this was just a showcase fight for Brook; a chance to impress on his American debut, which he did.

But now is the time for Brook to step up his level of competition. Brook is in a very odd position as he is ranked the number 2 welterweight in the world by the WBO, the title that a certain Manny Pacquaio holds.

I’m not suggesting Brook seeks a fight with Pacquaio (because he’s nowhere near ready) but a fight against someone ranked in the top 10 is a must.

Maybe a Paulie Malignaggi or Devon Alexander would give us a chance to see whether Brook is good enough to challenge for a world title. Now some people might scoff at the idea of Malagnaggi but this guy is a good pro, a good opponent and in the permanent role of “boxing gatekeeper”.

Malignaggi has already called out Brook via Twitter, saying that if the price is right he’ll fight him in the UK.

This is a fight that has to be made.

Following the despair of the Carl Froch fight, British boxing might just have a new superstar on the horizon.

Time to step up: Kell “Special K” Brook.

 

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Brook ready for American debut

17 12 2011

Brook set for USA debut

Kell “Special K” Brook will be hoping a dazzling and performance on his American debut will catapult him to the brink of a world title shot.

The Sheffield native faces Luis Galarza in a 10-round contest on the Froch-Ward under card.

The WBO’s number two ranked welterweight knows an eye catching performance will only further enhance his growing reputation as he bids to make a name for himself stateside.

Sweet Science UK prediction

This is nothing more or less than a tune up for “Special K” so he can look good on his American debut.

Brook has done a lot of talking recently, especially regarding a contest with fellow Brit Amir Khan, but now is the time to step up.

His opponent boasts a decent record with 17 wins from 19 fights but 2 losses. But he faces a real step up in class when he faces Brook who will be looking to impress.

I expect Brook to win via KO and look flashy doing so. Once he gets this fight out the way, I’m hoping promoter Eddie Hearn can get him some competitive fights because that’s what Brook needs to test himself so we can find out how good he really is.