22nd October 2012
Kell Brook’s IBF final eliminator fight against Argentina’s Hector Saldivia ended at 28 seconds of the third round, when the special one stopped his over-matched opponent with a stiff left jab after a dominant display of boxing at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday night.
Brook had gone into the fight with a point or two to prove after his under performance against Carson Jones in July. That fight was more of a final eliminator and test than this one was in truth for the Sheffield man. Saldivia’s record of 40-2 going in looked better than it actually was and he certainly didn’t look like a boxer one fight away from a world title shot. But Brook who was trim, solid and focused did and got rid of what was put in-front of him in swift style and with ease, to keep his world title dream alive, in what was being looked on has a potential banana skin.
Now unbeaten in 29 fights, with 19 knockouts, Brook is ready to take the chance that is apparently going to be arranged for him in the coming weeks, a crack at IBF champion Devon Alexander. The American took the belt off Randall Bailey on the same night in Brooklyn New York via a unanimous points decision and that is the fight they want and are entitled to.
But Brook is said to have set his heart on a scrap with countryman and former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan, in a domestic dust up that is simmering just nicely, with both keen to sort out there ego spat in the ring.
“I’d like to fight for the world title first, but to be honest I’d love to meet Amir Khan in a ring. It’s personal, really personal, going back to an argument in the amateur days, and I’d like the satisfaction of beating him.” said Brook after the fight.
Whatever is the next step for Brook? Now is the time to make that final push. After eight years as a professional his career is finally coming to the boil one way or another, and that defining fight is just around the corner and Brook is ready to finally fulfil the accolades given him and the potential that he has always threatened to deliver.
The full fight video
Post fight Press conference