Kell Brook successfully defended his IBF welterweight title this past Saturday, defeating Frankie Gavin in the main event of the massive Rule Britannia card at the 02 Arena in London.
The 29-year-old made the second defence of his belt and is scheduled to be next out at the end of August, with Brandon Rios the likely challenger.
The Sheffield man found himself frustrated in the early rounds, with Frankie Gavin displaying the credentials that made him so efficient as an amateur. The Birmingham challenger kept a smart defence, slipping, holding and at times counter-punching, leaving Brook unable to land anything meaningful.
As the rounds wore on the tough Gavin found himself getting caught more often by the champion, with each landing shot appearing to do damage. In the 6th round Brook landed consecutive punches, leading Gavin to sink into the ropes and the referee to call a halt to the fight.
That said the former British champion, Gavin, took his world title opportunity and showed real heart and courage, making himself extremely tricky for Brook in the early stages. He will have gained valuable experience and could find himself fighting for the European welterweight title next against Gianluca Branco.
What Next For Brook?
In short the champion now wants the big boys of the welterweight division. Speculation about a future Amir Khan bout led to a fiery post-fight press conference where promoter Eddie Hearn accused the Bolton man of being scared to fight Brook.
The rivalry is definitely there as well as the obvious attraction of a world title and a good clash of styles, so it becomes increasingly frustrating for British boxing fans that this mega-fight appears further away than ever.
The former two-time 140Ib champion Khan is looking for a lucrative fight with Floyd Mayweather, but after his rather flat performance last Friday. during his points win over Chris Algieri, it would appear unwarranted if he was to get his shot with the pound for pound number one.
The likes of the aforesaid Rios, Keith Thurman and Marcos Maidana are huge fights and will help in marketing Brook's name in the U.S if he chooses to take them, as these opponents are all big attractions in the States already.
Looking as hungry as ever and carrying explosive power the IBF world champion is ready to take on any welterweight in the world. Hope for a Khan bout still remains, but the growing feeling after Saturday night is that Speak K may well become the most special at 147Ibs.
Fight fans, what do you think? Should Brook be targeting a fight with Amir Khan next or is a fight Stateside better for his career? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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