Bunce: Kell Brook isn’t ready for Berto, needs to fight Malignaggi or Collazo
By William Mackay: British boxing pundit Steve Bunce feels that unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (25-0, 17 KO’s) isn’t ready for the likes of IBF welterweight champion Andre Berto yet because Brook hasn’t been in a tough fight where his opponents have actually punched him back.
Bunce thinks Brook would be in for a shock if he were to fight Berto in his next fight because it would be a whole new experience having to eat punches instead of the typical one-way traffic that Brook has become accustomed to because of his soft matchmaking.
Brook defeated number #5 ranked IBF contender Rafal Jackiewicz by a 6th round TKO last Saturday night. Like most of Brook’s previous opponents, Jackiewicz showed little in the way of offensive skills and gave Brook nothing to worry about. After the fight, Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned Andre Berto and Paulie Malignaggi as potential opponents for Brook to fight in 2012. Bunce doesn’t like the Berto fight, and I can understand that.
Bunce said to espn.co.uk, “I don’t think all these one-sided walkers he’s [Brook] had are preparation for hard, hard fights.”
To be sure, look at some of the guys that Brook has feasted on in the past two years Krzysztof Bienias, Stuart Elwell, Philip Kotey, Michael Lomax, Jackiewicz and Michael Jennings.
That list doesn’t indicate that Brook is ready for Berto. It doesn’t even indicate that he’s ready for Amir Khan or Malignaggi, although I think Brook could possibly beat Malignaggi because he’s not much of an offensive threat.
Bunce also likes Collazo, but the problem here is Collazo is fighting at junior middleweight now and it might be difficult for him to make it back down to welterweight just to fight Brook. Collazo would be a very dangerous fight for Brook, because he’d be punching him back and is a lot better inside fighter than what Brook has shown against his 2nd and 3rd tier opposition.