By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Kell Brook outpointed Shawn Porter by majority decision at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles to take the outgoing champion’s IBF world title.
The Sheffield star secured the win via the judges’ scorecards. Dave Parris from the UK gave the fight even (114-114), while the American judging duo, Adalaide Byrd and Max DeLuca, both scored the contest to the away man by margins of 112-116 and 111-117, respectively.
Winning a world title caps off a nightmarish year for the 33-0 (22) man with a smile as, after three failed attempts at challenging for the red, green and white global bauble at 147lbs against former champion Devon Alexander due to injuries on both sides, the 28-year-old can finally call himself a world champion.
In Carson, California, Brook shocked everyone and mentioned names like Keith Thurman, the pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and national rival Amir Khan, the WBC Silver and WBA International champion at the weight, as potential candidates for his next clash.
“I’ve done 20 years of dreaming, been in the gym since I was nine and always wanted to become a world champion. That was my dream. Tonight I am,” Brook said.
On the possibility of challenging former light welterweight world champion Khan, Brook said: “Amir Khan can get in the queue because I’m number one in England, baby. I’m the man.”
Finally, directing a comment at Khan, who has said that he will take the fight if it’s there, saying he likes it, Brook says, “You’re getting it next, boy.”
Reacting, Khan said, “I’ll be expecting a call from his [Brook’s] team, let’s have it. Let’s get it on, man.”
Now in elite company, held alongside names such as the aforementioned Mayweather, Jr. and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, the next few fights for Brook will be exciting and it remains to be seen what the man from the Steel City does next.
One thing that cannot be forgotten among all the hysteria, though, is that Britain has a new world champion.
Meanwhile, Brook’s fellow Brits, Luke Campbell and Callum Smith, made it a Matchroom Boxing hat-trick as they cruised to stoppage victories over their respective limited opponents in six-round contests.
Campbell, now 7-0 (5KOs), took just two rounds, to enhance his unbeaten record with a knockout win against Steve Trumble, who slips to 13-31 (8KOs), while WBC International super middleweight champion Smith, 24, took just two minutes and 59 seconds to score a relatively straightforward finish of previously unbeaten Abraham Hernandez, improving his KO record to 10 from 13. Mexico’s Hernandez slips to 5-1 (3).
Hull’s 26-year-old Olympic gold medallist, Campbell, now looks set to fight over eight rounds on the undercard of fellow UK fighter Paul Smith’s challenge for the WBO world super middleweight title against champion Arthur Abraham in Kiel, Germany on September 27, before taking on exciting Argentine Daniel Eduardo Brizuela at the Ice Arena in his hometown in October.
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