Aggression vs accuracy; depending on certain judges’ preferences, the outcome of Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight clash with Shawn Porter could have been so very different.
While Porter bundled forward – head down, swinging wild hooks with an occasional use of the head – opinion was very much divided on social media and even between supposed TV
Difference in cards
As it was, the Englishman came through by a majority decision, with two American’s calling it in his favour to Dave Parris’s 114-114 verdict of a draw. Porter’s constant endeavours to close the gap between himself and the challenger clearly failed to encourage these judges, though he could have easily taken a majority decision himself.
The lack of a clear scoring system is one of boxing’s pitfalls. The fact subjective opinions can have such a bearing on someone’s career is frightening, especially when you consider the scope for cash in return for favourable scoring.
Sometimes it needn’t be a question of integrity, more of genuine personal opinion. No boxing authority can give definitive guidelines as to how fights should be scored and it’s nigh on impossible for everyone to see fights in a similar fashion.
Brook’s efficiency reigns supreme
To the naked eye, it appeared that Brook was landing the cleaner punches and punch stats seem to back up that theory. The Englishman landed 36% of his 441 shots, while the American waded in with 185 more punches and still landed four less.
Despite Porter’s insistence on rushing in, Brook still managed to land an effective jab. They may not have been physically effective and failed to deter the onrushing advances of the champion, but they were clearly shots looked on favourably by the judges.
Porter and his team cried foul after the final bell, but it appeared words of frustration rather than honestly believing he won the fight – or at least the punch stats seem to suggest he had no chance.
Next opponent for Brook?
The ‘Special One’ becomes Eddie Hearn’s second world champion at Matchroom Sports alongside Carl Froch and joins an elite duet as a welterweight belt-holder, with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio
For sake of clarity, this writer does not consider WBA ‘regular’ belts as genuine world titles, thus ruling out Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell’s as Matchroom’s other ‘world champions’.
Attention quickly turned to Brook’s next opponent and he didn’t hold back when revealing who he wanted next: “"He will probably start saying something else now, that I need to win another world title. But believe me 'Queen' Khan is getting it. He's been putting things on Twitter, bless him, and he's been putting in 'best of luck', but I know he doesn't like me."
Eddie Hearn concurred with Brook’s statement: "Kell has wanted the Khan fight for three or four years. The British public has wanted it for 18 months or a year. It was always 'if Kell had a belt...' but now he's got one and I think Kell can probably call the shots. I don't think Amir will like that!”
Khan was reportedly offered $5 million for the fight earlier this year and will no doubt have to settle for less now Brook brings a world championship to the table.
A less spectacular defence will probably take place later this year before Khan challenges for the IBF crown, touted to be a stadium fight next year.