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Kell Brook Dominates Saldivia For Big TKO in Three

By Alexey Sukachev

Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire - In a final IBF welterweight eliminator, Kell Brook (29-0, 19KOs) went right through Hector Saldivia (41-3, 32KOs) in three rounds. Brook was measuring Saldivia with his jab and dropped him with a big uppercut in the first round. At the start of the third, he caught Saldivia cold with an accurate, straight left hand bomb to drop Saldivia on his back. Saldivia barely made it up and was wobbling bad as the referee waved off the contest. A few replaces showed the KO punch was a hard, straight jab that caught Saldivia right on the button. The time of the stoppage was 0:28 of the third.

At 26, after 13 straight wins over solid (domestic, continental, and then international) opponents, starting from Barrie Jones four and a half years ago, and after succeeding in two WBO and two IBF welterweight eliminators, Brook finally looks ready for a title shot against any of welterweight champions.

"El Tigre" Saldivia, 28, who won his last eight since being destroyed by Said Ouali in a fistic fiesta two years ago, was ranked #3 coming in, while Brook was rated #2 by the same sanctioning body. He could also be found at #4 in the WBA ratings and #5 in the WBO ranks. The difference between two highly ranked boxers was striking, however.

Saldivia immediately turned aggressive only to be stopped in his tracks by Brook's movements and his sophisticated jab. Brook started to deliver lightning-fast counters immediately after Saldivia's first attack. The Argentinean was too flat-footed and two slow to avoid Brook's combinations. One of them, a right uppercut followed by a (missed) left hook, put him down in the last minute of the first. Brook didn't step up the gas pedal and allowed his opponent to survive, for now.

In the second, Brook was easily outboxing the Latino fighter before taking the last minute off. Saldivia capitalized by going forward and landing several hard punches of his own but they were partially blocked by Brook's tight guard, and the Brit was never in any danger. Early into the third, Saldivia went in but was met with a very hard left jab.

He went down, rose on unsteady legs but stumbled to the corner and was waved off by referee Howard John Foster at 0:28 of the round. A blistering performance by the British fighter, who eliminated a large number of sceptics, having appeared after he had struggled mightily against Carson Jones in his most recent fight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 10-21-2012

[QUOTE=komodo;12624200]Brook's been ranked above Saldivia for a while now so I doubt having eliminator after eliminator is really neccessary. Also a unification with Bradley might never materialize down the line and I'm sure they considered that when they passed up…

Comment by komodo on 10-21-2012

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;12624005]Im pretty sure Saldivia was always on the cards. I've heard his name for a while as someone who was ahead of Brook in the IBF rankings. Brook had to beat him to become the mandatory. When I…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 10-20-2012

[QUOTE=komodo;12623958]I doubt Saldvia would have been on the cards if Brook came through Jones convincingly. Another thing I wouldn't start planning anything for Brook when it comes to negotiations down the line when he clearly hasn't fought anyone worth mentioning.…

Comment by Mister Wolf on 10-20-2012

Morales about to learn boxing aint no country for old men.

Comment by komodo on 10-20-2012

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;12623763]Nah I think Saldvia was always on the cards. I believe he was ranked one spot ahead of Brook in the IBF so it had to be done. Depends on the situation of the fighter. Matchroom had a…

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