Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kell Brook Ready For Top Names After Dan Clash

Kell Brook steps between the ropes for the first time as a World champion on Saturday night as he defends his IBF Welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield against Jo Jo Dan in ‘Unbreakable’ presented by FX World, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on SHOWTIME in the US – after fearing he may never walk again after the shocking attack he suffered on holiday in Spain in September.

Brook ripped the title from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August with a stunning performance in the American’s backyard, but just two weeks after that win, Brook was fighting for his life in hospital after a machete attack whilst on holiday in Spain.

The unbeaten Welterweight king has made an astonishing recovery to get back into fighting shape, and Saturday night will be an emotional occasion as Brook’s incredible journey continues.

“Winning the title was an unbelievable buzz and for two weeks I was flying but after the attack, I was down in the gutter,” said Brook. “I was feeling sorry for myself just lying there in bed, but now I am back and better than ever.

“I've come a long way from the injury, not knowing where I would be with the leg. I've put it under severe stress in a full camp and I have had no problems with it. It was hard at the beginning but we took baby steps and slowly but surely we got up to full speed and tonight couldn't come quick enough to defend the title in my hometown – it’s going to be so emotional.

“The leg is fine, I do everything that I used to do, there's no pain and it's not holding me back at all.”

Brook was barely able to celebrate his triumph with the attack coming so soon after his win in the States, and ‘The Special One’ feels the attack took the gloss off of his achievement.

“I don't think that I got enough credit for the win,” said Brook. “Before the fight people were saying that I hadn't been in with anyone and I said that after I beat Shawn Porter, ‘the Mike Tyson of the 147lb division’, give me the respect that I deserve. Everybody agreed but I still don't really feel I have had the respect for going into the guy's backyard and doing what people said I couldn't do and beat him, school him.”

Brook was mandatory for Porter’s belt and now he faces the number one contender for the strap in the Romanian-Canadian Dan. The 33 year old edged out Kevin Bizier in Quebec in December to land the shot at Brook, and the champion says that while he knows he faces a stiff test, he is only too aware of the huge fights that he could be involved in huge fights in the summer.

“Mandatories come along and you have to deal with them,” said Brook. “He's earned his position like I did against Porter, so he gets his chance to take that title off me - but that's not happening. I am not looking past him, but I know that there are massive fights out there for me in the division and after I take care of business tonight, I am free to fight anyone.

“Keith Thurman is making a lot of noise these days, Brandon Rios, Andre Berto, Juan Manuel Marquez and of course Amir Khan, there's many top names in this brilliant division and I am in a great position holding a belt and sitting at the top table in the division.”

Brook’s clash with Dan is part of a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as local favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky and Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksandr Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title.

Frankie Gavin makes his Sky Sports return as he prepares for his crunch clash with Chris van Heerden on May 9 in Birmingham. Stephen Smith and Kal Yafai continue their marches towards a World title and GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill.

Tickets for ‘Unbreakable’ presented by FX World are on sale priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 available from the Motorpoint Arena on 0114 2565656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. VIP tickets at £250 are exclusively available from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by John Locke on 03-25-2015

[QUOTE=FrankieBruno;15502628]i dont see Bradly goin anywhere near brook and especially not in the uk i agree with the JMM Ortiz wud be a joke right now Berto well he's just a walking punchbag, i cud see him coming over to…

Comment by FrankieBruno on 03-25-2015

also ive heard about a brook vs frankie gavin fight i cud see hern trying to sell that one lol

Comment by FrankieBruno on 03-25-2015

[QUOTE=John Locke;15502622]I don't see Marquez travelling to the UK to fight him. If Bradley and Rios fight eachother, his only remaining options are Berto and Ortiz lol... Or somebody like Chaves, but I doubt Hearn would match him up with…

Comment by John Locke on 03-25-2015

[QUOTE=FrankieBruno;15502614]rumor has it, they are trying to get rios, berto or jmm[/QUOTE] I don't see Marquez travelling to the UK to fight him. If Bradley and Rios fight eachother, his only remaining options are Berto and Ortiz lol... Or somebody…

Comment by FrankieBruno on 03-25-2015

rumor has it, they are trying to get rios, berto or jmm

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines Photos: Canelo Honored By The WBC, Belted By Sulaiman Joe Smith Promoter: We Expect Beterbiev Fight Next, Not Bivol Andrade: I Want Big Fights, Not Face Lesser Guys Like Charlos Do Jaime Munguia Eyes December Fight, Takeshi Inoue is Possible Josh Taylor: Postol Gave Me Test I Needed, I'll Win The WBSS Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith in Play, Says Michel Hearn: We Want Wilder, We're Consistently Making The Effort Bellew: I 100% Believe That I Will Take Oleksandr Usyk Apart! Christian Mbilli Stops Luis Fernando Pina in Two Rounds Katie Taylor Aims To Make Statement For Boston Fans JJ Metcalf vs. Liam Williams Added To Frampton-Warrington Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding - Ticket Information Mayweather Reacts To Khabib: CBS, SHO - Get The Checkbook! Lebedev vs. Wilson, Zhang vs. Ustinov on November 24, Monaco Shakur Stevenson Wants Josh Warrington Sooner Than Later Lemieux Hopes To Return in December, Fight Canelo in 2019 Bob Arum: I Don't Believe There's An Al Haymon; He's Fictional Team Kautondokwa Praise Ruling on Saunders, Andrade Shot Frampton Open To Gary Russell, Smiles at Warrington's Style Lewis Benson Vows To Bounce Back, Wants Coyle Rematch Zolani Tete To Be Trained By Floyd Mayweather Sr. McGregor's Trainer Doesn't Rule Out Malignaggi Boxing Match Ricky Hatton Expects Very Big Things From Nathan Gorman This Bud's For You, Crawford's Stock Continues To Rise Adonis Stevenson: I'll Prove I'm Still #1, I'll Knock Gvozdyk Out! Mikael Zewski vs. Ali Funeka Set For Stevenson-Gvozdyk Card Rey Vargas Planning To Make Title Defense in December Felix Verdejo vs. Yardley Armenta Cruz on November 10 Ruben Villa Outpoints Miguel Carrizoza Over Eight Rounds Eduardo Hernandez Draws Heavy Interest From U.S. Promoters Wilder Offers Apology Over Mascot, Network Denies Injury Hearn: Chisora, Not Luis Ortiz, is Frontrunner For Whyte Kavaliauskas-Arriaza Winner Could Be Next Foe For Crawford Bob Arum: I Would Love To Make Crawford-Spence Fight Next Khabib To Mayweather: In The Jungle, There is Only One King! Crawford-Benavidez Does Big Ratings For ESPN Photos: Mikaela Mayer Dominates Vanessa Bradford Over Eight Shakur Stevenson: I Want Lee Selby Next, Calling Him Out Forever Photos: Shakur Stevenson, Mike Alvarado, Adames Get KO Wins Crawford Coach: I Told Benavidez He'd Get His Ass Kicked!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement