Weights: Brook 146, Saldivia 146.5
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated Kell Brook (28-0, 18 KO’s) made weight on Friday’s weigh-in for his IBF welterweight eliminator bout on Saturday night against Hector David Saldivia (41-2, 32 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Saldivia weighed in slightly heavier at 146.5 lbs. The winner of the Brook-Saldivia fight will become the mandatory challenger to the winner of Saturday’s fight between IBF champ Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander.
Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn seem to be under the impression that he’s going to win a world title if he can get past Saldivia, but it’s likely going to be with Brook ending up as the next victim for Bailey or Alexander.
I rate both of those guys well above Brook at this point, and we saw recently all of Brook’s horrible limitations exposed to light in his questionable 12 round decision win over Carson Jones last July. Brook took a beating in that fight and was literally out on his feet in the last 30 seconds. Brook probably would have been knocked out had the referee not stepped in to give Jones a warning for what I have no idea.
Brook is a decent fighter but his level was exposed by Jones and that’s who Brook should be fighting tomorrow night, not Saldivia for a world title IBF eliminator fight.
Kell Brook 146 – Hector Saldivia 146.5
Jamie Mcdonnell 117.75 – Darwin Zamora 117
Robin Reid 166.75 – Kenny Anderson 166.75
Brook said this as quoted by fightnews.com “The IBF shot is a huge incentive. It’s massive knowing that I have a fight with Randall Bailey or Devon Alexander lined up after I’ve dealt with Saldivia…Hector is a tough cookie, who keeps coming and chucking shots.”
Brook probably should have accepted the fight offered to him by WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley rather than looking to get a fight against Bailey or Alexander, who I see as much too dangerous for him to beat. At least with Bradley, he has no power whatsoever and Brook might have a chance of winning if he can handle Bradley’s inside game. Unfortunately, Brook turned that fight down and now he has to fight Saldivia just to get to face Alexander or Bailey.