“Amir stayed too long in punching position and should have used his feet to move away after throwing instead of looking for more shots,” said Shannon when speaking to BoxingScene. “Barry McGuigan [speaking for Sky] gave a very good analysis when he spoke about Amir’s need to tighten his defence. If Amir listens to what Barry said and makes adjustments then of course he can become a world champion again as he has so much going for him. Amir’s probably too tough for his own good, he sees the red mist when he gets hit and trades, but has to learn that you can’t always go to war, and I’m sure he will. There was talk of him retiring, which is ridiculous because he has a bright future ahead of him, so he may decide to take care of some unfinished business at light-welter then see what welterweight holds.”
Sheffield’s Kell Brook, 28-0 (18), currently sits atop the British welterweight pile and is one fight away from a world title shot. Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn, speaking to Shaun Brown, today told BoxingScene that Brook will headline a show in Sheffield in October. Indeed, a showdown with Argentina’s Hector Saldivia, 41-2 (32), in an IBF final eliminator is rumoured to be in play as Brook’s gruelling majority decision win over Carson Jones in July left the contender battered and bruised and, perhaps, in need of one last learning curve fight before gunning for the winner of Randall Bailey versus Devon Alexander, who meet in December.