Kell Brook shows his heart against Jones but he is nowhere near ready for Khan
By Dominic Sauboorah: Unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (28-0, 18 KO’s) gritted out a 12 round decision win against the tough Carson Jones (34-9-2, 24 KO’s) in a grueling affair last night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. The first 5 rounds Brook dominated and landed some thudding shots, but Jones came back into the fight in the later rounds, landing tremendous body shots and some good shots to Brook’s chin.
Brook has shown to have good reflexes but at times against Jones he was getting hit a lot. A tremendous fight, but Brook is unfortunately not ready for the best the division has to offer.
Brook reminded me of Saul Alvarez in this fight. The way he would throw one great combination in a round, back off and then admire his work effectively giving the round away against the more aggressive Jones. He’s shown that he can be hit and he can be hurt. His hand speed is good and his punching power also, however he was always on the back foot throughout the fight. This is despite the fact that Brook threw brilliant flurries of punches, as it was mainly Jones that was plodding forward looking to be the aggressor. Brook fought very well despite all of this; however for him to be calling out the likes of Amir Khan is a joke.
Kell proved a lot last night, but he also got exposed in some ways as well. He showed to other welterweights that he has got a heart and is willing to go through the pain to get a result, nevertheless by doing this he showed that he can be hit and can be hurt and that could easily play into the hands of someone like Amir Khan who throws heavy handed punches in bunches non stop. Also Khan isn’t like Brook in the sense that if Khan throws a combination he’ll probably throw another good combination in about another ten seconds. This never happened for Brook, who would throw one brilliant combination and then back off for one minute or so, poking his jab out and winning the round.
Amir Khan against Brook is definitely a fight for the future but if the fight is to happen say this year then chances are that Brook will be taken to school by the more experienced and generally better fighter in Khan. Brook is a special talent, but despite this win he and his team need to go back to the drawing board and assess exactly what happened.