This weekend, boxer Kell Brook fights for the IBF interim Welterweight world title in Sheffield against heavy handed American Carson Jones.
The Special One takes on 25 year old from Oklahoma in what is widely agreed to be his biggest challenge yet. And Jones has been talking the talk too. At the press conference to announce the fight, heated exchanges between the two were just the beginning of an interesting run up to Saturday nights encounter.
Brook has won all of his previous 27 bouts, with 18 by way of knock out, including an impressive recent win over domestic rival Matthew Hatton. He has been Britain’s star in the making for some time, most are agreed now is his time to shine. Future bouts against Devon Alexander, Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi have all been talked about in the run up to this bout. Those are big names and all would without doubt be another step up in class for Brook.
But what of Jones? Well, he does have a decent KO record, having knocked out 24 opponents in his 34 wins. He has however been beaten 8 times in a career that started back in Apr 2005 including a TKO loss to former TV series ‘The Contender’ third place and recent Saul Alvarez victim, Alfonso Gomez. This kind of result might tell us little of the American’s chances given he has not lost in almost two years…but does he have what it takes to defeat Brook? His power is undeniable, but will he be slick and quick enough to prevent Brook landing his own power shots? What we also must remember is that Brook’s chin has been tested on a couple of occasions and so far stood the test. His foot movement is also outstanding but I’ve yet to touch on his most fascinating attribute.
Many have likened his technique to that of the former World champion Naseem Hamed. Hailing from the same city and under tutelage of Hamed’s trainer until his 7th fight, Brook has matured under Dave Coldwell since then. As has his technique, which blends the obvious natural talent with a lot of hours, grit, determination and hard work, resulting in the exciting boxer we see today.
Statistics may show one thing, whilst sports writers and boxing pundits have their own opinions too.
I certainly agree with everyone else who sees this as Brook’s biggest challenge yet.
But do I think that Jones stands a ‘realistic’ chance of beating him?
Nope, not really. I think Brook will be too fast, clever and stylish for the American. I see him wearing him down and stopping him in the middle (somewhere between 6&9) rounds.
I do think Brook will shine though. I think he will put on a great show for the Sheffield crowd and go on to fight one of the aforementioned big names.
And what then? Well, that’s when things get really exciting.
Tune into SkySports this Saturday to see for yourself.(unless of course you’re lucky enough to have a ticket:)
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