Devon Alexander: There’s nothing special about Kell Brook
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) took some time out recently to pour over some of the fights of his opponent Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) for February 23rd, and Alexander came away disappointed in the talent level of Brook as well as his poor opposition. When Alexander saw Brook’s glossy record and heard all the hype about him, he was expecting to see a really talented fighter but when he sat down and watched him fight, Alexander didn’t see anything in his game that he feels will give him trouble.
Alexander said to thesun.co.uk “There’s nothing special about him at all…Brook doesn’t have the quality or the experience to beat me…There are no real names on his record, in his career he hasn’t fought anybody like me at all. The one test that he did have was Carson Jones and he was fighting for his life at the end of that fight.”
I totally agree with Mr. Alexander in everything he says. Brook has got one of the softest resumes I’ve ever seen from an 8-year pro. We’re not talking about a four-year pro. Brook is going on his 9th year as a professional fighter and the only halfway decent opponent he’s faced in all those years, Carson Jones, gave Brook a real beating and had him out on his feet in the 12th round. Brook blamed his poor performance on his conditioning but you don’t run out of gas after five rounds, because that’s when Jones took over the fight.
It wasn’t conditioning what got to Brook in that fight, it was plain old fashioned pressure, talent and aggression, and it was enough that Brook was getting pounded. Alexander is a level above Jones and he’s got the power, speed, defensive skills and the aggression to rather easily beat Brook. If Jones was able to do that do Brook, just imagine what a more talented Alexander will be able to do to him.
The Brook-Alexander fight will be taking place at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. I expect it to be pretty empty because this is a neutral venue where neither guy will have any real fans. I guess Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn was worried about Brook fighting in Alexander’s home arena in St. Louis, but I just wonder if the shoe was on the other foot whether Alexander would be able to fight in an out of the way place in England if the fight were to be staged there. My guess is it would take place in Sheffield or no place at all.
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