After all the talking stopped, Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) delivered on his word “and the new” was called out by Jimmy Lennon Jr in Carson, California. Many people over in the United States gave the “Special One” no chance against “Showtime” Shawn Porter. Kell Brook went in there against huge odds and won the IBF Welterweight World Title by majority decision.
It was a tough victory and Brook delivered with a hard-fought performance. Alot of people thought it was an ugly fight with lots of clinching but the result was beautiful for everyone in the UK. In the end the difference in the two fighters, in my opinion, was that Brook landed the clearer and more effective punches throughout the fight. This victory opens up all kinds of options for Kell Brook, he was able to call out names like Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman and even clown on Amir Khan.
Not many fighters are calling out Keith “One Time” Thurman at the moment, and I’m not convinced Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn would want that fight just now. Thurman would make for a very dangerous opponent but isn’t a big name yet for many boxing casuals. In my opinion like many other fighters, Kell would want to avoid this one for now. Oscar De La Hoya certainly wants the fight and after the fight tweeted saying Thurman wants to travel to the UK, “Talked to @KeithThurmanJr last night and he said he will go to the UK and challenge @SpecialKBrook.” I honestly would not expect this fight anytime soon.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Eddie Hearn has stated that Brook’s next fight will be a homecoming for the English fighter. The Sheffield Arena has been booked for December 6th and Khan could possibly be fighting on the same night in America. In his column, Hearn has mentioned some big names for this bout “Andre Berto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios, Josesito Lopez are all names being thrown in the pot but it is very early as of yet.” These are exciting names for Brook’s first title defence, all are top fighters, capable of taking Brook’s title. I would be very excited if any of these fights were made.
Hearn also says that talks have already began over the possibility of Khan vs. Brook at Wembley. Hearn wrote “Khan is suddenly very interested in a fight. We are too. People from Showtime, who show Khan’s fights in the US, came into the dressing room after Kell won and said ‘Let’s talk’. Other US broadcasters have also been on. It’s exciting times.” The UK fans love a domestic fight, Froch-Groves proved this and Khan-Brook can be just as big. Both fighters say that we want the fight and there is no reason why it should not happen.
If Brook and Khan both win their December bouts, I think Khan-Brook will certainly happen. It will be a huge fight in the UK and could easily pack out 80,000 at Wembley, just like Froch-Groves 2. Both fighters have clashed verbally on TV before and it wouldn’t be a hard fight to sell. It’s what the fans want to see in Britain and it would gather interest around the world. The winner of that fight would then be in a great position for the “Mayweather Sweepstakes.” Whatever happens Kell Brook has plenty of options and “we” the fight fans have some potentially great matches coming up in the already loaded welterweight division. Next question headed towards the “Special One”, is Kell Brook good enough to hold onto the title?