In a fantastic night of boxing at the Motorpoint in Sheffield the show topper Kell Brook, the local boy, who was cheered to the rafters on his entrance into the arena. He was up against tough American Carson Jones, who promised and delivered, giving the Sheffield boxer the hardest night of his 28 fight career. Brook went onto win on points, but suffered a suspect broken nose and was pushed all the way by the feisty Jones.
Both knew that the winner would be in line for a shot at the IBF welterweight title this being an eliminator and fought with tenacity in one of the fights of the year. Brook managed to dig deep and show great resolve and grit to win this most important fight. After 12 bloody rounds Kell won by a majority decision with one judge having it a draw and the other two 116-113 and 115-113 in his favor.
Brook started the fight sharp, with good movement and a floating grace. He peppered Jones with fast accurate shots and dug in some meaty hooks around the high guard of the American. Brook was looking in control and making Jones look a little slow as he missed with shots.
Jones was having his own successes though and all the early rounds that Brook picked up, he was made to work hard for. Watching the fight from ringside I saw it as a contest of two half’s, with Brook taking the first half of the contest and Jones the second. But overall Brook was always one step ahead. In reflection and watching it back on tv, each round was really nip and tuck.
Watching Kell struggle in the second half of the fight, I remembered a friend telling me in the build up to the fight. that Kell was struggling in training and to make the weight. It seems that them rumors could have been true. The nose damage didn’t help his cause in that department, but you could see before that, that something dramatically sapped from Brook as the fight wore on.
Both of these warriors had the crowd on there feet throughout, it was one of them fights that doesn’t deserve a loser. But thankfully without sentiment and just patriotism, our guy got the decision and in the end rightly so.
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