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Brook Defends WBA Title
Classy performance from Englishman to retain title
Posted Oct 12, 2011 by Chris White
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British boxer Kell Brook stepped up his game to defend his WBA inter-continental welterweight title with a classy performance against Rafal Jackiewicz in Sheffield, setting up a world title shot in the process.
‘Special K’ totally outclassed his older, more experienced opponent, with the referee stopping the fight in the sixth round, just as Brook was beginning to move through the gears. It was the first time that the 34-year old Pole had been stopped in his 49-fight career.
The 25-year old promised an “X-factor performance” and certainly delivered, using his jab to devastating effect in the early rounds, improving his effort throughout the fight until the ref called time on the bout. Brook confessed at ringside to being “surprised” by Jackiewicz’s performance, saying “he didn’t even hit me tonight and I wasn’t out of second gear.”
The Pole had won 23 of his last 24 fights, but Brook now has a 100% record in his 25-fight career, lining him up for a meeting with Viacheslav Senchenko in 2012, also making a fight with Amir Khan more likely than ever, particularly if, as expected, Khan moves up to welterweight level.
Brook said “Yeah I want to fight Khan. He doesn’t want me. It’s a matter of time and the public want it. They’re going to demand it and I think it’s going to happen next year.”
Khan has just confirmed a fight with Lamont Peterson and Brook is right, a clash between Khan and Brook would draw in huge crowds, not only in the UK, but around the world, because these two boxers are going places.