25th June 2011
Unbeaten Kell Brook scored a comfortable points victory over former IBF light-welterweight champion Lovemore N’Dou, winning the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title and keeping his world title dreams on course.
With family and friends at ringside, it was a triumphant homecoming for the Sheffield welterweight stylist who fighting in his home city for the first time in six years at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre.
Brook 25, took his record to 24-0 but was unable to to dent the 39 year-old veteran N’Dou, (48-13-2) who is still yet to be stopped in an 18-year professional career, eventually running out a clear winner, with judges scores of 119-110 (twice) and 118-111.
Going the full championship distance first time in his professional career, Brook was pleased to have gained the experience and says he learnt a lot in the fight as he now looks move up the levels and fulfil the Hugh potential being bestowed upon him.
“I maybe said I’d stop him to hype it up and get people interested, but at the back of my mind I knew it would be a 12-round fight,” told SkySports afterwards.
“It’s a big learning curve in my career, my first 12-round fight. Maybe I held back a bit and there were some things I did wrong, but that’s all learnt now.” added Brook.
Brooks new promoter Eddie Hearn added “He needs more fights like that against tough opponents. He’ll watch that video 100 times and being so smart, so clever he’ll continue to improve.”
undercard results from Sheffield
Former WBC super-middleweight champion Robin Reid stopped home town favourite Wayne Reed in the 4th round, after an impressive performance by the 40 year old.
Local heavyweight prospect Richard Towers outpointed former two-time European cruiserweight title challenger Ismail Abdoul 80-72 over eight rounds.
English super-middleweight champion Paul David outpointed Billy Boyle 40-37
Ryan Aston outpointed Iain Jackson 40-36.
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