Kell Brook vs. Philip Kotey: Why is Kell still being matched soft?
By Scott Gilfoid: With his inflated #1 ranking welterweight rankings by the WBO, why is unbeaten Kell Brook (22-0, 15 Ko’s) still being matched soft after six years as a pro and and especially with that kind of ranking. On December 11th, Brook, 24, faces Philip Kotey (21-5-2, 15 KO’s) for a bout at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, England. Maybe I’m missing something here, but shouldn’t Brook be facing better opposition than this with the kind of ranking he has?
I’ve never even heard of Kotey before, and one look a this record tells me that this guys has been beaten by guys that I’ve never even heard of. Isn’t Brook supposed to be fighting good fighters at this point in his career? Heck, Brook just finished beating Michael Jennings in September. When is Brook supposed to start getting matched against the upper level of the welterweight division? It’s going to be bad.
Brook is going to beat this Kotey guy, and then fight for the WBO title in the future against someone like Mike Jones, Saul Alvarez or Joshua Clottey and end up getting wiped out. They need to take the training wheels off of Brook already. He’s not very big for a welterweight. He’s listed at 5’9″, but he looks to be to be about 5’7′, about the same height as little Manny Pacquiao.
Brook may find himself getting pummeled when he’s finally matched against a decent welterweight because of his lack of big fight experience and size. If I was Brook, I’d take off a little weight and move down to the light welterweight division so that his lack of size won’t be a problem for him. I’d hate to see him getting beaten by bigger and more experienced welterweights.
With his short arms, he’s probably going to have problems. Brooks’ arms are short and I think he may have problems against fighters with more arm length. Having alligator arms can be a real hindrance when a fighter goes up against decent sized welterweights, and I can see Brook struggling. I suppose he’ll be kept at welterweight until he starts taking losses, but they might want to save him the trouble and move him down before that happens.
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