By Simon Hirst: Defending British Welterweight Champion Kell Brook improved his record to 19-0-0 (12) as he blew away Stuart Elwell in two rounds forcing the referee to stop the contest. Elwell, who stepped in late for Mark Lloyd, was simply could not cope with Brook’s superior hand speed and power and was dropped twice within the first round.
Although he got up well within the count, he simply has no answer to deal with Brook’s speed and managed to survive the first three minutes.
It was clear to see the difference in class between the two fighters and the second round proved no surprise with Brook picking up where he left off forcing the referee to rightly stop the bout to prevent outclassed Elwell taking further punishment.
Brook will now look at climbing the ladder and has admitted he will look to add the European crown by the end of the year. Realizing he has potential to become a contender to the world crown, Brook won’t rush himself and aims to crash the exciting world scene in this division in 2010 although some feel 2011 is more likely. Brook has a growing reputation in the U.K, with many consider him being one of the U.K’s most exciting prospects with Khan and Murray.
The Sheffield based fighter said told SkySports after the fight “I thought I delivered a great performance. I caught him twice in the first round, knew I had hurt him and kept composed before finishing the job.”
Frank Warren has confirmed that he will look to match Brook against the European Champion by the end of 2009. The champion is currently Rafal Jackiewicz. There are some interesting domestic fights that could take place with Matthew Hatton and Craig Watson also in the division. He may also look towards Michael Jennings if Cotto blows him away as everybody is expecting.
Be sure to keep a close eye on Brook. He is an exciting fighter with bags of potential. Give the right challenges at the right time, he has the potential to hone his skills and make a splash on the world stage. However, his chin has yet to be tested against a quality world class fighter and only then will we find out how good he is. My advice is keep an eye on him, but don’t expect too much too soon.