Kell Brook

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Kell Brook
Statistics
Real name Ezekiel Brinsly Reid Brook
Nickname(s) Kid, Special K, Special One
Rated at Welterweight
Height 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 28)
Sheffield, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 32
Wins by KO 22
Losses 0
Draws 0

Ezekiel Brinsly Reid "Kell" Brook 3 May 1986[1] is an English professional boxer from Sheffield who fights in the welterweight division. He is a former holder of the British welterweight title and the WBO Inter-continental title at the same weight and presently holds the WBA version of the inter-continental title.[2] In 2009 he was voted Britain's young boxer of the year by the Boxing Writer's club. Brook is also known to be a huge fan of Sheffield United.[3] He is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the number 5 welterweight in the world behind champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Manny Pacquiao, and is the number one welterweight in Great Britain.[4] He is known for his rivalry with Amir Khan and is the mandatory challenger for the IBF World Welterweight Title, presently held by Shawn Porter.

Professional career[edit]

Brook's first fight as a professional took place in September 2004 with a 6 round points victory over experienced journeyman Peter Buckley at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. He would fight again four more times that year to end 2004 with a record of 5-0 in just four months. Brook went about learning his trade against a host of journeymen before getting the opportunity in June 2008 to fight for the British title having compiled a winning record of 16-0.

British Champion[edit]

The championship fight at London's York Hall saw Kell Brook take on Welshman Barrie Jones for the vacant crown. The fight was not without controversy however as the previous incumbent, Kevin McIntyre, had been stripped of the title after he sustained an injury and had to pull out of his scheduled defence against the Yorkshireman. Brook ended up winning the vacant belt with a 7th round stoppage of Jones who had come in at relatively short notice.[5]

Having won the belt Brook was then ordered to face the former champion and the bout took take place in Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on 14 November 2008. Prior to the fight and referring to the bad blood that has built up between the two fighter's Brook said "Once I knock out McIntyre in style then there will be no question mark over who should be British champion."[6] When the fight finally did happen, Brook put McIntyre down three times in the first round to win by TKO to send the Glasgow crowd home disappointed.[7]

On 30 January 2009 Brook returned to the York Hall to meet former marine Stuart Elwell in a voluntary second defence. The fight again ended quickly when the referee stopped the fight in the 2nd round handing victory to Brook.[8] He claimed the Lonsdale belt outright on 20 July 2009 when making his third defence against Prizefighter winner Michael Lomax. The fight, at the MEN Arena in Manchester, was on the undercard to Amir Khan's world championship victory over Andreas Kotelnik and saw Brook win by stoppage in the third round. After the fight Brook said that he believed he was the best in Britain but couldn't say for sure until he's beaten Chorley's Michael Jennings who he challenged to a match-up.[9]

Young boxer of the year[edit]

On 25 September 2009, Brook pipped fellow champion Nathan Cleverly for the prestigious title of young British boxer of the year voted for by the Boxing Writer's club. The vote was the closest in the history of the award with Brook claiming the honour by one vote over Cleverly who held both the British and Commonwealth titles at light-heavyweight. In winning the award Brook joined a list of boxers which included the likes of Ken Buchanan, John H Stracey, Barry McGuigan, Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan.[10]

WBO Intercontinental champion[edit]

Brook's first fight of 2010 took place in Liverpool on 12 March 2010. The fight, for the WBO Intercontinental title, pitched Brook against Poland's Krzysztof Bienias, a man last beaten by Junior Witter in 2005 and with a run of seventeen straight wins. Brook collected his second career title when in the sixth round the fight was stopped by the referee following a dominant display by the Yorkshireman.[11] Brook's long awaiting fight against Michael Jennings was due to be next on 3 July 2010 until a rib injury forced the fight to be postponed for a second time. The fight, for Brook's British belt was then scheduled to take place between Jennings and former Commonwealth champion John O'Donnell[12] before O'Donnell pulled out and was then re-scheduled between Brook and Jennings.[13] Finally on 18 September 2010 Brook boxed Michael Jennings at the LG arena in Birmingham. Kell won the fight in round 5 following a bad cut above the eye sustained by Jennings which the referee deemed bad enough to stop the fight. The win doubled as Brooks's fourth defence of the British title and his first defence of the inter-continental belt.[14] On 9 December 2010 Brook made his second defence of the inter-continental title beating Ghana's Phillip Kotey with the referee waving the fight off during the second round. The win ensured that Brook kept his number one ranking with the World Boxing Organisation.[15]

Move to Matchroom[edit]

On 8 April 2011 Brook split from promoter Frank Warren and joined the Matchroom Sport boxing stable under Eddie Hearn with Brook saying that he was "really buzzing" to have joined the outfit. Hearn said that he was "excited about adding Kell to our stable" which had also recently signed Jamie Jackson former amateur British light welterweight champion now turned professional trainer. Speaking of Brook he said "Kell oozes class and has that something special about him – in short he is going to be a superstar."[16] Brook's first contest for the promotional outfit was on 25 June 2011 at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield and resulted in a unanimous 12 round points decision against Lovemore N'dou, claiming the WBA version of the inter-continental title in the process.[17]

"The War of the Roses" vs Matthew Hatton[edit]

On 17 March 2012, Kell Brook took his undefeated run to 27 fights by beating Matthew Hatton brother of Ricky Hatton on points in Sheffield. The scores were 119-107, 119-108 and 118-109 all in favour of Brook. In front of nearly 10,000 fans at the Motorpoint Arena, Brook added the IBF International welterweight title to his WBA Inter-Continental crown. Brook floored Hatton in the ninth round but could not knock out his Mancunian opponent. The fight gave record breaking viewing figures for Sky's Fight Night Live programme it was also the most watched fight of the year in Britain. Afterwards he said on the prospect of facing Khan: "Of course I want Khan, I've been banging on about Amir Khan, but I'm going to do my own thing and if that fight happens, it happens, and I'll smash him. I want to be fighting at that top table now with elite fighters. I think I've proved I deserve to be there."[18]

"Edge of Glory" vs Carson Jones[edit]

Brook faced American Carson Jones at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday 7 July 2012. Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport promoted the fight with it being billed "Edge of Glory" as both fighters saw this fight as a stepping stone to a shot at a world title. The fight was shown live on Sky Sports 1. The weigh in took place in Sheffield's Winter Gardens on 6 July with Brook weighing in at 10 st 6 lb 10 oz (60.16 kg) and Jones weighing slightly less at 10 st 6 lb 6 oz (60.04 kg). Brook dominated the early rounds moving well and connecting regularly with nice two and three punch combinations however as the fight went on he begin to tire and Jones was able to land shots of his own. Brook's nose was broken in the 8th round which made it yet more difficult for him to come back into the fight. He was almost floored in the final round but was able to hold on until the bell. Brook did enough in the early rounds to win the fight by majority decision, as the judge's scorecards read 114-114, 116-113 and 115-113 in Brook's favour. Brook was taken to Hospital after the fight due to blood loss from his broken nose.

"This Is It" vs Hector Saldivia[edit]

In August 2012 Matchroom Sport announced that Brook would face Argentinian veteran Hector Saldivia at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on 20 October 2012. The winner would then become the mandatory challenger for the IBF World Welterweight Title held at the time by Randall Bailey. At a packed weigh in the day before the fight at Sheffield's Meadowhall Centre both fighters weighed in under the 147 lbs limit. Brook started strongly knocking Saldivia down midway through the first round. The second round was very similar with Saldivia unable to deal with Brook's superior accuracy and power. In the third Brook landed a solid well timed straight which sent the Argentinian to the floor again. This time he struggled to get up as his legs wobbled beneath him and the referee stopped the contest in the third round. Later on that evening at the Barclays Center in New York Devon Alexander beat Randall Bailey to take Bailey's IBF Welterweight Title.

World Title Challenge Pt.1[edit]

After becoming the mandatory challenger Brook was set to fight Devon Alexander for the world title on 19 January 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. However Brook announced he had sustained an ankle injury and the fight was pushed back until 23 February 2013 and the venue changed to the Mosaic Youth Center on Grand in the Heart of Detroit, MI. Then Alexander announced he had a bicep injury causing the fight to re be rescheduled yet again. However, Kell would later pull out of this fight again after re-injuring his ankle, with fellow Brit and Matchroom Stable mate Lee Purdy taking his place but retiring in the 7th round. Alexander's camp have questioned the authenticity of this injury and instead assert that the unproven Brook was simply not ready to step up in class to fight Alexander.

Rematch vs Carson Jones[edit]

After the saga with Devon Alexander Brook took a fight with Carson Jones in Hull on 13 July 2013, in a rematch of their original fight just over a year previously, which Brook won via a narrow majority decision. Brook took the early rounds of this contest looking far too powerful and quick for the American. Kell went on to win by stoppage in the 8th round to take his record to 30-0.

Brook vs Senchenko[edit]

It was announced shortly after the rematch with Carson Jones that Brook would next face Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on 26 October 2013. Senchenko had recently beaten Ricky Hatton forcing him to retire for good from boxing. Brook said he was using this as motivation and wanted to "get revenge" for a British boxing hero and a personal friend within the sport. Hatton was to be ringside for the fight and spoke to Kell in the dressing room just prior to the fight. The opening and second rounds were very cagey encounters with neither fighter wanting to give too much away with Brook perhaps using his jab more effectively and taking both the rounds. In the third Brook knocked his opponent down with a powerful right with Senchenko taking the 8 count and continuing. Brook started the fourth strongly out boxing his Ukrainian opponent although Senchenko did unsteady Brook for a few seconds before Brook sent Sencheko back to the canvas with another right. Referee Shada Murdaugh concluded that Senchenko was in no position to continue and Brook was declared the winner by technical knockout.[19]

World Title Challenge Pt.2 and Future[edit]

Beating Senchenko means that Brook is once again the mandatory challenger for Devon Alexander's IBF Welterweight Title. It was thought Alexander would be Kell's next fight however in the post fight interview Eddie Hearn (Brook's promoter) didn't rule out the possibility of facing Adrien Broner possibly at Sheffield United's home ground Bramall Lane. Shawn Porter defeated Devon Alexander to take Alexander's IBF Title on 19 December 2013. Brook is now the mandatory challenger for Porter's Title. Brook has also made no secret of the fact he would one day like to face Amir Khan with both men frequently slating the other in the media. Although in the short term this fight looks unlikely with Khan chasing a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.. Brook will face Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight title at the StubHub Center in California, USA on 16 August 2014.

Professional boxing record[edit]

32 Wins (22 knockouts, 10 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United States Shawn Porter N/A - (12) 2014-08-16 United States StubHub Center, California For IBF Welterweight title.
Win 32-0 Mexico Álvaro Robles TKO 8 (10) 2014-03-15 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool
Win 31-0 Ukraine Vyacheslav Senchenko TKO 4 (12) 2013-10-26 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield IBF Welterweight title eliminator.
Win 30-0 United States Carson Jones TKO 8 (10) 2013-07-13 United Kingdom Craven Park, Hull
Win 29-0 Argentina Hector Saldivia TKO 3 (12) 2012-10-20 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield IBF Welterweight final title eliminator.
Win 28-0 United States Carson Jones MD 12 2012-07-07 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield Retained IBF International Welterweight title.
Win 27-0 United Kingdom Matthew Hatton UD 12 2012-03-17 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield Retained WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Won IBF International Welterweight title.
Win 26-0 Puerto Rico Luis Galarza TKO 5 (10) 2011-12-17 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Win 25-0 Poland Rafal Jackiewicz TKO 6 (12) 2011-10-08 United Kingdom Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield Retained WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Win 24-0 South Africa Lovemore Ndou UD 12 2011-06-25 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Win 23-0 Ghana Philip Kotey TKO 2 (12) 2010-12-11 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Retained WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Win 22-0 United Kingdom Michael Jennings TKO 5 2010-09-18 United Kingdom LG Arena, Birmingham Retained WBO Inter-Continental and BBBofC British Welterweight titles.
Win 21-0 Poland Krzysztof Bienias TKO 6 2010-03-12 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Won WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
WBO Welterweight title eliminator.
Win 20-0 United Kingdom Michael Lomax TKO 3 2009-07-18 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester Retained BBBofC British Welterweight title.
Win 19-0 United Kingdom Stuart Elwell TKO 2 2009-01-30 United Kingdom York hall, London Retained BBBofC British Welterweight title.
Win 18-0 United Kingdom Kevin McIntyre TKO 1 2008-11-14 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Retained BBBofC British Welterweight title.
Win 17-0 United Kingdom Barrie Jones TKO 7 2008-06-14 United Kingdom York Hall, London Won vacant BBBofC British Welterweight title.
Win 16-0 United Kingdom Darren Gethin RTD 3 2008-03-22 United Kingdom International Arena, Cardiff
Win 15-0 Estonia Aleksei Stoda PTS 6 2007-10-06 United Kingdom Nottingham Arena, Nottingham
Win 14-0 Poland Karl David TKO 3 2007-04-07 United Kingdom Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Win 13-0 United Kingdom David Kirk TKO 1 2006-12-09 United Kingdom ExCel Arena, Dockland, London
Win 12-0 United Kingdom Duncan Cottier TKO 3 2006-10-14 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester
Win 11-0 United Kingdom Geraint Harvey TKO 3 2006-06-01 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley
Win 10-0 United Kingdom Ernie Smith PTS 6 2006-04-29 United Kingdom Meadow Bank Sports Centre, Edinburgh
Win 9-0 United Kingdom Ernie Smith PTS 4 2005-09-10 United Kingdom International Arena, Cardiff
Win 8-0 United Kingdom Jonathan Whiteman TKO 2 2005-07-09 United Kingdom Ice Arena, Nottingham
Win 7-0 United Kingdom Ernie Smith PTS 6 2005-05-15 United Kingdom Octagon Centre, Sheffield
Win 6-0 United Kingdom Lee Handley PTS 6 2005-03-04 United Kingdom Magna Centre, Rotherham
Win 5-0 United Kingdom Karl Taylor PTS 6 2004-12-19 United Kingdom Rebok Stadium, Bolton
Win 4-0 United Kingdom Brian Coleman TKO 1 2004-12-10 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield
Win 3-0 United Kingdom Leeroy Williamson TKO 2 2004-11-09 United Kingdom Leeds United FC Banqueting Suite, Elland Road, Leeds
Win 2-0 United Kingdom Andy Cosnett TKO 1 2004-10-29 United Kingdom Hotel Van Dyk, Clowne, Nr Worksop, Derbyshire
Win 1-0 United Kingdom Peter Buckley PTS 6 2004-09-17 United Kingdom Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, Yorkshire Professional Debut.
Achievements
Preceded by
Kevin McIntyre
Stripped
British Welterweight Champion
14 June 2008 – 19 February 2011
Succeeded by
Craig Watson

References[edit]

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