Brook picking the wrong guy to fight in Devon Alexander
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) is picking the wrong champion and the wrong time to be finally stepping it up against a quality opposition after 9 years as a pro. Brook will be challenging IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) on February 23rd at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Brook, 25, has been spoon fed all these years nothing but incredibly weak opposition and even in his last two fights, he was still facing weak opponents. Well, spoon fed opposition ends on February 23rd when he fights Alexander, and there’s going to be a lesson learned from this after Brook gets spanked badly.
The lesson will be you don’t take a fighter and match him weakly for 9 years unless your objective is just to get him a payday but no title. I’m sure Brook isn’t just interested in the title shot. He actually wants to win the fight, hold IBF strap, and then defend it for a little while.
Unfortunately, he should have been more assertive by standing up and pointing out that facing weak opponents wasn’t going to improve him as a fighter. He should have said something because it’s too late now. Brook is fighting Alexander next month and all those years of weak opposition are going to leave him in a position where he won’t have the skills needed for him to win this fight.
We saw what happened when his promoter Eddie Hearn tried to match Brook against a semi-decent fighter in Carson Jones last year. Brook was really punched around by Jones and barely won the fight by a controversial decision.
I loved the damage control his promoter Eddie Hearn did after the fight, blaming Brooks struggling due to conditioning problems rather than him just not being physically and mentally prepared to fight a decent fighter due to all the weak opponents he’d been fed before and since.
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