Kell Brook says he’s a huge welterweight – but where’s his power?
By Scott Gilfoid: After looking utterly horrible in winning a 12 round majority decision against #3 IBF Carson Jones (34-9-2, 24 KO’s) last Saturday night, Brook referred to himself as a huge welterweight when commenting about his fight afterward. At 5’9″ with a limited reach of only 69″, Brook is hardly what I would consider a huge welterweight.
But let’s pretend for the sake of argument that the 5’9″ Brook is a huge welterweight, what could is it if he can’t knock anyone out in the B level range? Brook failed miserably in getting Jones out of there, and against the C level Matthew Hatton, Brook also couldn’t knock him out as well. If Brook is a gigantic welterweight then where is the power that goes with it? Last night, I saw Jones as being the harder puncher of the two, and I don’t see Jones as being anywhere near unbeaten welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme in terms of power.
Brook doesn’t have good power, and he’s definitely a welterweight with average size. He’s not 5’11” or 6’0″ like some of the bigger welterweights. Brook is about the same size as Floyd Mayweather Jr, but without the same talent.
I got a kick out of listening to the Sky Sports TV analysts flapping their gums about how much Brook got out of this fight, and how valuable it was for him to have to hold onto squeak out a win at home. Where’s the value in getting punched around, and having your nose bloodied. Where’s the value of being out on your feet like Brook was and perhaps escaping a knockout when the referee stepped in to give Jones a long warning right when he was trying to finish Brook off.
I don’t see any value there. To me it just looked like Brook got whipped badly by Jones, and won a fight that should have been a draw. He’s damn lucky he got the win, but as far as learning something from it, I don’t see how he came out ahead. He took head shots, won a controversial decision, and now is going to be likely be facing a lesser fighter than Jones in his next bout against Hector Saldivia. I don’t see gain there. As far as I can tell, Brook is now going backwards with his career after having been badly exposed.
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