Last Saturday night Sheffield’s own, Kell Brook shook up the boxing world and changed the landscape of the welterweight division with his upset victory over Shawn Porter. He did what most people thought he couldn’t do and that was get a decision on foreign soil over the house fighter. When the first score of 114-114 was read, one would assume that doubt may have set in Brook’s mind as to whether or not he would get the nod. “I’m in his backyard, I thought. I was just listening. I didn’t know what to think at the time,” he explained.
It wasn’t a pretty fight and some of the rounds were hard to score. What it really came down do was whether or not you preferred Porter’s aggression or Brook’s precision punching. When asked if he thought he did enough to win and that he felt he deserved the decision Brook replied, “You know, I did. I think I did the better work, and I was scrappy because he was low. I looked a bit scrappy at times, but I think obviously I did the better cleaner work. He was messy on the inside. I kept things clean.”
Things were rough in there at times and the fighters both suffered cuts each from head butts. Brook was asked if he was ever hurt or bothered by Porter’s rough house tactics and he responded, “No he didn’t hurt me. It was about adjusting. I did what I need to do, so that was the key to keep him contained on the inside because that’s what he likes to do rough you up on the inside.”
One fight that not only the British public but the world would like to see, is a UK showdown between Brook and countryman Amir Khan. “I think the British public needs to see that fight. I’m the champ now, so we dictate what’s happening. It’s been along time coming, so he can get in the cue.” Brook went on to say, “You seen a little bit of me tonight but there is much more to come. I hope I excited the fans, and I hope to be back here in the future.”