On Saturday night in Carson, California, Kell Brook arrived on the world stage in style, outpointing the undefeated IBF champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter.
Sheffield’s Brook sealed the victory via a majority decision with scores of 114-114 and 112-116, 111-117. The Judges were clearly more impressed with Brook’s cleaner work, as apposed to the relentless aggression provided by Porter. Personally, I scored the contest 113-115 in favour of Brook, which was more or less what I predicted before hand.
With Porter being viewed by many as one of the sports rising stars, no one can accuse Brook of taking an easy route to world honours, and victory now sets up some potentially mouth watering matchups in the sports hottest division.
Obviously, most eyes will look towards a super fight between Brook and fellow countryman Amir Kahn, with their rivalry stretching back to the sparring sessions they shared in their amateur days. This would be a huge sell over here and would more than likely take place in a football stadium. However, Kahn has made no secrets of his desire to face Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he looks in pole position to do so early next year, so a potential clash with Brook may have to wait for now.
Brook also mentioned the name of Keith Thurman in his post fight interview with Jim Gray. “One Time” has since stated that he would be more than willing to travel to the U.K to face Brook, but for me the big hitting Thurman falls into the high risk, low reward category at this moment in time, with him yet to establish himself as a mainstream name that he will undoubtably become. This fight can be made much bigger than it currently is.
Potential names of Timothy Bradley, Devon Alaxander, or even Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez have all been touted, yet Matchroom may decide to drop down a level for a first defence. Josesito Lopez, Mike Alvarado or even a Leonard Bundu, fresh off his victory over Frankie Gavin would all provide a good test of Brook.
Hopefully Brook can make a solid defence in Sheffield later this year, and then Eddie Hearn can dig his hands deep into his pockets to bring some big names over to the U.K. One can dream anyway….
For now though, Britain can celebrate their new world champion, “The Special One” Kell Brook.by