Kell ‘Special K’ Brook is scheduled for a rematch with Carson Jones. The last fight was an absolute cracker.
Brook dominated early on using his skill and combinations. As the rounds passed by, Brook began to fade badly and Jones pushed on. In the end, Brook was fortunate to hold on and come through with a points win.
Many were expecting Kell to be tested but not quite to this extent. One thing that was proved is that Brook has heart and serious determination.
Straight after the first fight Brook began to suggest that not all had gone well in the lead up to the fight and that he was not in great condition. There are rumours that Brook hadn’t quite been living the life of a boxer outside the ring.
It was then said that he would sort his stamina issues out and look to bring in a proper conditioning coach to help him. It is difficult to know if this is true or just an excuse for being really put through his paces when he wasn’t expecting it to be quite so challenging.
The fight was scored 114-114, 116-113 and 115-113 in Brook’s favour. It is also said that once the fight had finished Brook was taken to hospital to receive treatment on a broken nose due to blood loss.
Since this fight Brook has gone on to extend his unbeaten run to 29 fights with a fantastic display against Hector Saldivia. By winning this fight Brook became the mandatory challenger for the IBF title recently won by Devon Alexander.
After this Brook would suffer an extremely frustrating time in trying to actually fight Alexander. The fight has been called off three times due to injuries on both sides so Lee Purdy stepped in for Brook meaning that Kell remains the number one contender but Alexander may not have to fight him for nine months. This was Brook’s big chance to announce himself on the big stage and challenge for a world title.
With this chance now gone it appears that Amir Khan has sneaked in and taken the opportunity. Khan is set to face Alexander for the title in December. Provided that both Khan and Brook win their fights it could set-up a very exciting all British affair for the title next year.
Brook and Khan have a big rivalry with both taking digs at each other regularly and a fight between the two seems inevitable at some point.
I expect Brook to come through his rematch with Carson Jones in more convincing fashion than previously. He will be looking to put on a performance after a frustrating few months. He will have a bit of spite in him and I expect him to combine his classy boxing style with some big shots.
I also expect Brook to knock-out Jones late in the fight. No matter what the result is this fight will be an entertaining match between two fighters with history who will be determined to prove a point.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Kell get back in the ring as he is such a promising talent who can go on to do great things in the sport and there are huge fights out there for him in what is a very competitive welterweight division. Possible fights with Khan, Mayweather, Ortiz, Bradley, Marquez, Guerrero, Pacquiao and Alexander cannot be ruled out and this will prove huge motivation for Brook.
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