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Kell Brook receives award by BBBofC

Kell BrookBy Scott Gilfoid: It’s always nice when fighters receive awards for their accomplishments. IBF welterweight title holder Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) received an award last night from the British Boxing Board of Control last night with them naming him fighter of the year for the period of 8/1/14 to 7/31/15.

Brook was named the fighter of the year through this period of time for his wins over Shawn Porter, Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin. The award is a nice thing, but I’m not sure that those were good enough wins for Brook to be receiving a fighter of the year award.

I’m just saying. Beating Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin aren’t the type of accomplishments that I see as being worthy of receiving any kind of award. To be sure, I do think Brook deserved the old pat on the back for beating those guys, but I don’t get the part where he receives an award for the wins.

I’m not impressed with the level of opposition that Brook fought through two-thirds of his fights in the past year. To me, Brook is basically getting the fighter of the year award for beating Shawn Porter. Well, if you sat down and watched that fight from start to finish, I don’t think you’d come away from the experience feeling that Brook deserved an award.

You might come away from it very, very bored from the fight that you saw from Brook, as he held Porter every time he got near him. It was painfully to boring to watch. The only thing I could think of when watching the Brook-Porter fight is why on Earth the referee didn’t take points off from Brook for all the holding he did.

That’s the only thing I can think of when watching that fight. It was just so, so boring to watch, and also frustrating. I mean, when you see a fighter bending the rules all night long by clinching the way that Brook was, it just makes you wish that the sport had an overseer that could sweep all the referees out and replace them with a new crew that would properly do their job when fighters clinch as frequently as Brook did against Porter.

“Just heard I won the BBBofC boxer of the year..wow! Thanks to the fans @skysports @matchroomboxing. Let’s do this Oct 24@SheffieldArena,” Brook said on his Twitter.

I could understand the British Boxing Board of Control giving Brook an award for fighter of the year if he whipped Diego Chaves, Errol Spence and Keith Thurman in the year, but definitely not for beating Gavin, Jo Jo Dan, and Porter. As such, I can’t count any of those wins as being good enough for Brook to receive any kind of award. I can’t think of any award Brook deserves for beating those guys. I thought Brook lost to Porter, and I don’t give a fig that Brook beat Gavin and Jo Jo Dan. Those two guys are fighters that Brook should have fought in the 1st year of his career 11 years ago, not in his 11th year as a pro.

Brook will be fighting Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) on October 24th on Sky Box Office from the Sheffield Arena, in Sheffield, UK. This is a fight that Brook could very well lose. WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley sees it as a fight that could go either way. Paulie Malignaggi also feels the same way. He sees Brook as having a lot of problems with Chaves’ punching power and talent. Chaves gave Brandon Rios a lot of problems, as well as Keith Thurman. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brook winds up getting beaten by Chaves. I just hope that Brook doesn’t make the fight ugly by holding nonstop.


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