Kell Brook CRUSHES Mark DeLuca – Live results from Sheffield
By Mark Eisner: Former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) looked sharp in bludgeoning his way to a 7th round knockout of Mark DeLuca (24-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in one of his best wins in years. Brook, 33, showed that he’s fully back from his 14 month layoff, and ready for big things in 2020.
Fighting in front of a packed crowd at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, England, Brook teed off on DeLuca with rights and lefts, and looking like the fighter that he’d once been in the zenith of his career six years ago. In round 7, Brook landed a perfectly placed left hook that put DeLuca, 31, down on the canvas. The referee Phil Edwards then counted the bloodied DeLuca out.
With the win, Brook would like a world title shot right away against IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Jeison Rosario or WBO champ Patrick Teixeira, but those two champions aren’t likely to give him the fight. Brook also wants a fight with Amir Khan. That too is a match that has little chance of taking place.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn says he’ll try and set-up a WBO title eliminator between Brook and former WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith next. The winner of the Brook-Smith fight will be the WBO mandatory for 154-lb champion Teixeira.
Former WBO junior middleweight champion Smith (29-2-1, 16 KOs) has won his last three fights since losing to former WBO champion Jaime Munguia by a 12 round decision in July 2018.
“I have a lot of respect for Liam Smith and I’ve sparred him, the fight would be amazing,” said Brook. “I felt very comfortable at the weight, eating as normal, I could’ve gone 15 rounds. I want to get straight back in the gym, I want to be fighting again in 10 or 12 weeks.”
Kid Galahad beats Claudio Marrero
Kid Galahad (27-1, 16 KOs) defeated Claudio Marrero (24-4, 17 KOs) by an 8th round knockout in an IBF featherweight final title eliminator on Saturday night on the Kell Brook vs. Mark DeLuca card at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.
The victory for the 29-year-old Galahad locks him as the mandatory for IBF 126-lb champion Josh Warrington. Galahad lost a controversial 12 round split decision to Warrington last June in Leeds in a fight that many boxing fans felt that he should have won.
Galahad had Marrero, 30, badly hurt in the 7th round. Marrero barely escaped from being knocked out in that round. Marreros nose was in bad shape from the blistering punches from Galahad in the 7th. In the 8th, Galahad finished Marrero off.
Kid Galahad didn’t want to lose another controversial decision
Given the controversy from his previous fight against Warrington, Galahad wasn’t going to leave it up to the judges tonight.
“After last time against Warrington, I couldn’t leave anything to the judges,” Galahad said to Sky Sports.
Hearn wants to keep Galahad busy
“He’s mandatory again. Warrington will make another defence, we’ll keep Galahad busy,” said Eddie Hearn. “He has that second shot, the rematch, locked in.”
David Allen destroys Dorian Darch
Heavyweight David Allen (18-5-2, 15 KOs) put in an impressive punching display in stopping journeyman Dorian Darch (12-12-1, 1 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout. The 27-year-old Allen dropped the 35-year-old Darch twice in the third round before the contest was halted.
Allen hurt Darch with a big left hook in the 3rd, and then dropped him moments later with another concussive left hand shot. Darch bravely got back to his feet, but was flattened seconds later by a monstrous left from Allen.
Allen was coming off of a 10th round stoppage loss to David Price last July, and he had considered hanging up his gloves after that disappointing loss. The popular Allen is looking to rebuild his career with the help of his Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Last year, Allen defeated former WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne by a 3rd round knockout in April 2019. Had Allen defeated Price, he could have potentially made life changing money in a fight against former world champion Alexander Povetkin.
Martin J Ward decisions Jesus Amparan
Super featherweight contender Martin J Ward (24-1-2, 11 KOs) dominated Jesus Amparan (16-2, 14 KOs) in beating him by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision. The referee’s score was 100-88.
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