Kell Brook wants Juan Manuel Marquez next in UK
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) appears to have come to terms with the reality that he won’t be getting a fight against Amir Khan next. So instead of Khan, Brook wants to face the soon to be 42-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) next, and Brook feels that a win over Marquez will make him a superstar in the sport.
Brook believes that Marquez will agree to come over to the UK and fight him over there.
Becoming a superstar off of a win over Marquez is wishful thinking by Brook. Unfortunately, it didn’t work that way with Tim Bradley, who defeated Marquez by a 12 round in October of 2013 and he didn’t become a superstar after the victory, at least as far as I’m concerned.
Beating Marquez doesn’t translate into turning the fighter into a superstar. If that was the case, then Bradley and Chris John would have become superstars after their wins over Marquez.
“Bramall Lane, Marquez – that would be unbelievable. Looking around the stadium, standing across from Marquez, defending my world title there – that’s what dreams are made of,” Brook said via the Mirror.co.uk. “That fight would make me a superstar. He’s one of the best out there, to beat him over here would be amazing. I’d be recognized as a top world star in the welterweight division.”
Beating Marquez won’t do much for Brook, I hate to say. I don’t see Brook getting any real lift from a win over Marquez, because we are talking about a fighter who is about to turn 42, and who hasn’t fought in a year. Further, Marquez has had a lingering knee problem from an injury he suffered in his last fight against Mike Alvarado in May of 2014. The last I heard, Marquez was still dealing with the knee issue.
When you pick out a guy as gold as Marquez, it doesn’t turn you into a superstar. All it does it show that you can beat an old guy who hasn’t fought in a year, and who has been dealing with a nagging knee injury.
If Brook is still around when he’s 42-years-old, I doubt that any fighter will become a superstar if they beat him. It doesn’t work like that. I really don’t think the younger fighter will be seen as a superstar if he beats the 42-year-old Brook in 14 years from now. If anything, the fighter will look like he’s cherry picking an old guy in hopes of fooling the boxing public into thinking that he got a relevant scalp.
To become a superstar, you have to beat guys that are younger, and fighting regularly. You can’t pick out an aging, rusty, and injured 42-year-old and figure that you’re going to become a superstar if you beat him.
It kind of worries me that Brook thinks he’ll become a star if he beats Marquez. That’s just not realistic thinking. If Brook can’t reason out in his head that he won’t get superstar status from beating a 42-year-old Marquez, then that’s scary.
Brook isn’t seeing things as they are if that’s how he pictures things. If Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is the one who is planting ideas of him achieving superstar status on the cheap by beating a 42-year-old Marquez, then Brook needs to get someone else that can talk some sense into him.