Brook-N’dou on 6/25: Kell taking the slow road to the top
By Scott Gilfoid: There are some fighters that believes in facing the best guys every time out and wouldn’t think of taking a soft opponent or an old guy. Then there are guys like number #2 ranked WBO welterweight contender Kell Brook (23-0, 16 KO’s) who takes the slow road to the top and has no qualms about facing 2nd tier guys and fringe contenders even though he’s been a pro for seven long years.
In some ways, you could see Brook as the UK’s version of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in that he’s feasted on B level fighters all these years and is still barely cutting his teeth against fringe contenders. On June 25th, Brook will be facing 39-year-old Lovemore N’dou at the Hillsbourough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.
It’s a fight that is hard to get excited about since Lovemore is on the verge of turning 40 in August and hast lost four out of his last eight bouts and probably should have lost five out of his last eight because his 12 round draw with Matthew Hatton in 2009 looked like a huge gift to N’dou. N’dou is coming off of a 12 round decision loss to Saul Alvarez last year in December. That fight was a one-sided mismatch with Alvarez winning every round and making N’dou look a 100 years old in the process.
Brook says he wants the big fights but it’s hard to see him getting those fights when he’s not taking on top contenders in the division. Brook has been facing guys like Michael Jennings, Philip Kotey, Krzysztof Bienias and Michael Lomax in the past two years. These are guys that Brook really should have taken on much earlier in his career rather than someone with as many years behind him as Brook has.
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