Kell Brook will return to action for the first time on the 27th May. This fight will be his first since suffering his first professional defeat last September. His defeat came against one of the most feared boxers on the planet, Gennady Golovkin, who overpowered Brook but certainly did not out box him. The Sheffield born fighter’s stock was definitely on the rise after the fight. Eventually his corner were forced to throw the towel in due to their fighter suffering a broken eye socket. He fought well but moving up two weight divisions proved a step too far for ‘Special K’.
Now he’s back! But he has to take care of business. Coming back at his more favoured weight, the weight at which he holds a World tittle. Even he has has had to admit it has been difficult for him to return to 147 after fighting up at middleweight. But he’s done it. He looks in great shape, which is what you expect from Kell. In fact he tucked in to a three course feast according to images uploaded to twitter by his nutritionist recently. Garlic prawns and mushrooms with a helping of white bread, followed by steak in Jack Daniels sauce and finishing with a nice big piece of double chocolate fudge cake. This just goes to show how confident he is of making weight. His camp must have been excellent.
He will be defending his IBF welterweight strap against unbeaten and highly rated American Errol Spence JR at Bramall Lane. The significance of the location? Brook will be fighting at the home of the football team he is a lifelong supporter of, Sheffield United. He will be hoping to emulate Tony Bellew, who beat Ilunga Mukabu at Goodison Park, the home of ‘The Bombers’ favourite football team Everton. Brook will be looking for a hostile atmosphere in Sheffield to potentially intimidate Spence. After all all of Spence’s pro fights have been in America bar one, which took place in Toronto, Canada. The unbeaten American has travelled to the UK before in his amateur days. He competed in the 2012 London Olympics but lost in the quarter finals. ‘The Truth’ will be looking to tick this box and show he can continue his great record away from home and he will be hoping to bring the title back to the US. Of course Brook had to travel to the states to win the belt when he was involved in a classic against Shawn Porter.
Spence is the favourite in the eyes of the bookmakers. This comes as a slight surprise as he is the challenger and the away fighter. The fight is a tough one to call though. Both can box and both can dish out punishment. Brook’s trainer, Dominic Ingle made comments regarding Spence’s record and the lack of fights he has had against top class opponents. Stating that Brook has been in against the superior fighters like Porter. As we know with boxing styles make fights. Looking at who beat who in the past does not give us a clear indication of how the fight will go.
The American fighter seems to have left no stone unturned. He’s come out the the UK two weeks before the fight to ensure he is settled in his new surrounding. In the press conference he seemed cool, took it all in his stride as Brook seemed to get frustrated and begin to lose his temper. Triggering the question, is this a fight that Brook wants? It is a mandatory defence after Spence disposed of Leonard Bundu in six. Brook will need to be at the top of his game to keep hold of his IBF belt.
The fight will be tight and both fighters have the potential to make it an extremely special night for boxing. An American rising star travelling to England to face a World Champion in his own back yard. It’s a mouth watering prospect. We predict that Brook will come out on top. His experience, great boxing technique and solid chin will all need to be present if he is to do so. If he overlooks Spence he will be in trouble. Spence throws a lot of punches with accuracy and forces his opponents back. Anything other than a flawless performance from the champion will open the door for Spence. The fight will come down to fine margins. Roll on the 27th.