By William Mackay: British welterweight champion Kell Brook (22-0, 15 KO’s) will be back in action on December 11th at the ExCel Arena, in Dockland, London. There’s still no opponent for that date. It was hoped that Brook, 24, would take a major step up in competition and take on undefeated Mike Jones (22-0, 18 KO’s), but that fight likely isn’t going to be taking place now until early 2011. However, hopefully a good opponent can be found to fight Brook and give him his first taste of top opposition.
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten American welterweight contender Mike Jones (22-0, 18 KO’s) could be facing undefeated British welterweight champion Kell Brook (22-0, 15 KO’s) in early 2011 for the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title, according to Dan Rafael. It’s a strong possibility that this fight happens as long as the 27-year-old Jones defeats Jesus Soto Karass on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito bout on November 13th at the Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. If Jones wins that fight, which is highly likely given his huge size and power advantage over the weaker Karass, then the Brook-Jones fight is a strong possibility for 2011.
By Scott Gilfoid: I can’t say I was impressed with Kell Brooks (22-0, 15 KO’s) 5th round stoppage over Michael Jennings (36-3, 17 KO’s) last Saturday night in the Magnificent Seven card in Birmingham. Although Brook got the win on a cut stoppage in the 5th, he wasn’t impressing me in the least. Brook looks shorter than the 5’9″ height that he has listed. I see him as around 5’7″, just a tad bit taller than WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. The sad thing is that Brook’s fight with Jennings was for the WBO welterweight title eliminator bout.
By William Mackay: The match-up between unbeaten British welterweight champion Kell Brook (21-0, 14 KO’s) and Michael Jennings (36-2, 17 KO’s) is one of the least interesting fights on the Magnificent Seven fight card for this Saturday night at the LG Arena, Birmingham. Brook, 24, has way too much talent for the 33-year-old Jennings in this fight, and I can’t see this fight going for more than five or six rounds at best, and that’s if Brook takes it easy on Jennings and holds him up for that long to get rounds in. Jennings is a good local fighter, but he’s no way in the same class as Brook and it’s really a disappointment that he’s the opponent for Brook in this fight.
European Middleweight Title:
Matthew Macklin (26-2 18KO’s) vs. Darren Barker (22-0 14KO’s)
The main event of the evening is the much anticipated European middleweight title fight between Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker. The pair were scheduled to meet in the past, but Macklin instead faced Amin Asikainen for the then vacant European crown. Barker instead won the vacant British title, and then when Macklin gave up the European title due to an injury, Barker won the challenge against Affif Belgecham. Now the pair will finally meet in in what is being tipped as the biggest domestic fight since Eubank vs Benn (also at middleweight).
By Peter Wells: Next February British Heavyweight champion Danny Williams 41-8 will defend his title against tough Commonwealth boxing champion Sam Sexton 13-1. Sexton last fought this November in a rematch with Martin Rogan, winning by retirement after 6 rounds. Last May Sexton dethroned Rogan via a controversial 8th round stoppage. Sexton’s only defeat was in 2008 where he was stopped in the 6th and final round against Derek Chisora, it was Sam’s 8th fight while it was Derek’s 5th.
By Adam Fillingham: Kell Brook the current British welterweight champion won his British title out right, after his third defence on July the 18Th, in sensational style against the tough Prizefighter winner Michael Lomax. Since then, Kell has been touted as one of Britain’s biggest boxing prospects and matched up to the highly thought of, British legend, Naseem Hamad.
By Richard Gough: For me, the most disappointing news of the last week or so is the postponement of the Kell Brook – Michael Jennings bout due to illness on Kell’s part. We were due to see whether the much touted Kell Brook is good enough to step up to the world level.
By William Mackay: This Friday night, heavyweight Audley Harrison (23-4, 17 KO’s) will be meeting 6’7” Scott Belshaw (10-2, 7 KO’s) in a scheduled three round bout in the Prizefighter Heavyweights III competition at the Excel Arena, in Dockland, London. Harrison, 37, is hoping to meet his old nemesis Danny Williams in the finals.
By Dave Lahr: Welterweight contender Kell Brook (20-0, 13 KO’s) is interested in a fight with WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. First things first, however. Brook, 23, has a October 30th bout against Michael Jennings at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool.