Brook is aiming to eventually fight at pounds for a much-anticipated showdown with British rival Amir Khan inbut he needs to take care of business against Zerafa for that fight to be finalized. Zerafa aims to spoil the party," Hearn said. Brook was due to fight on the Dillian Whyte-Joseph Parker undercard on July 28 in London, but was sidelined by the ankle injury during his preparation. Brook will go into the fight without usual trainer Dominic Ingle, whom Brook said had another commitment. Instead, Brook's corner will be led by friend and former boxer John Fewkes.
Early career[ edit ] Brook's first fight as a professional took place in September with a 6-round points victory over experienced journeyman Peter Buckley at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. He would fight again four more times that year to end with a record of in just four months.
Brook went about learning his trade against a host of journeymen before getting the opportunity in June to fight for the British title having compiled a winning record of The fight was not without controversy however as the previous incumbent, Kevin McIntyre , had been stripped of the title after he sustained an injury and had to pull out of his scheduled defence against the Yorkshireman.
Brook ended up winning the vacant belt with a 7th round stoppage of Jones who had come in at relatively short notice. Prior to the fight and referring to the bad blood that has built up between the two fighter's Brook said "Once I knock out McIntyre in style then there will be no question mark over who should be British champion.
The fight again ended quickly when the referee stopped the fight in the 2nd round handing victory to Brook. After the fight Brook said that he believed he was the best in Britain but couldn't say for sure until he's beaten Chorley 's Michael Jennings who he challenged to a match-up.
The vote was the closest in the history of the award with Brook claiming the honour by one vote over Cleverly who held both the British and Commonwealth titles at light-heavyweight. Brook collected his second career title when in the sixth round the fight was stopped by the referee following a dominant display by the Yorkshireman.
The fight, for Brook's British belt was then scheduled to take place between Jennings and former Commonwealth champion John O'Donnell  before O'Donnell pulled out and was then rescheduled between Brook and Jennings. Kell won the fight in round 5 following a bad cut above the eye sustained by Jennings which the referee deemed bad enough to stop the fight.
The win doubled as Brooks's fourth defence of the British title and his first defence of the inter-continental belt. The win ensured that Brook kept his number one ranking with the World Boxing Organisation.
Hearn said that he was "excited about adding Kell to our stable" which had also recently signed Jamie Jackson former amateur British light welterweight champion part-time technical coach now working in the engineering industry. Speaking of Brook he said "Kell oozes class and has that something special about him — in short he is going to be a superstar.
The scores were , and all in favour of Brook. Brook floored Hatton in the ninth round but could not knock out his Mancunian opponent. The fight gave record breaking viewing figures for Sky's Fight Night Live programme it was also the most watched fight of the year in Britain.
Afterwards he said on the prospect of facing Khan: "Of course I want Khan, I've been banging on about Amir Khan , but I'm going to do my own thing and if that fight happens, it happens, and I'll smash him.
I want to be fighting at that top table now with elite fighters. I think I've proved I deserve to be there. Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport promoted the fight with it being billed "Edge of Glory" as both fighters saw this fight as a stepping stone to a shot at a world title.
The fight was shown live on Sky Sports 1.
Brook dominated the early rounds moving well and connecting regularly with nice two and three punch combinations however as the fight went on he began to tire and Jones was able to land shots of his own.
Brook's nose was broken in the 8th round which made it yet more difficult for him to come back into the fight. He was almost floored in the final round but was able to hold on until the bell.
Brook did enough in the early rounds to win the fight by majority decision , as the judges' scorecards read —, —, and — in Brook's favour. Brook was taken to Hospital after the fight due to blood loss from his broken nose.
The winner would then become the mandatory challenger for the IBF welterweight title held at the time by Randall Bailey. Brook started strongly knocking Saldivia down midway through the first round.
The second round was very similar with Saldivia unable to deal with Brook's superior accuracy and power. In the third Brook landed a solid well timed straight which sent the Argentinian to the floor again.
This time he struggled to get up as his legs wobbled beneath him and the referee stopped the contest in the third round. Alexander cancellation[ edit ] After becoming the mandatory challenger, Brook was set to fight Devon Alexander for the world title on 19 January at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
However, Brook announced he had sustained an ankle injury and the fight was pushed back until 23 February and the venue changed to the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Then Alexander announced he had a bicep injury causing the fight to be rescheduled yet again for 18 May in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
However, Kell would later pull out of the fight again after injuring his foot killing the fight for a third time, with fellow Brit and Matchroom Stable mate Lee Purdy taking his place but retiring in the 7th round. Jones II, Senchenko[ edit ] After the saga with Devon Alexander, Brook took a fight with Carson Jones in Hull on 13 July , in a rematch of their original fight just over a year previously, which Brook won via a narrow majority decision.
Brook took the early rounds of this contest looking far too powerful and quick for the American. Kell went on to win by stoppage in the 8th round to take his record to Senchenko had recently beaten Ricky Hatton forcing him to retire for good from boxing.
Brook said he was using this as motivation and wanted to "get revenge" for a British boxing hero and a personal friend within the sport. Hatton was ringside for the fight and spoke to Kell in the dressing room just prior to the fight. The opening and second rounds were very cagey encounters with neither fighter wanting to give too much away with Brook perhaps using his jab more effectively and taking both the rounds.
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In the third Brook knocked his opponent down with a powerful right with Senchenko taking the 8 count and continuing.
Brook started the fourth strongly out boxing his Ukrainian opponent although Senchenko did unsteady Brook for a few seconds before Brook sent Sencheko back to the canvas with another right.
Referee Shada Murdaugh concluded that Senchenko was in no position to continue and Brook was declared the winner by technical knockout.
Porter[ edit ] Main article: Kell Brook vs. Shawn Porter was the favorite to win and came out aggressively as he pressurized Brook, relying heavily on looping shots.
Brook kept his composure, however, and showcased formidable defensive attributes, strength, and clean punching throughout the fight.
Brook's technical ability took over after the middle rounds as the straight one-two combinations hurt Porter. Brook defeated Porter to win the title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on 16 August by a majority decision —, —, and — Porter felt as though he won the fight, "I thought that I was effective with my attack, but he was ready.
I'm not giving any excuses. I want the rematch. I'll find him where he's at, and I'll take it from him. The whole card averaged just , viewers. Dan, Gavin[ edit ] Six months after sustaining a life-threatening injury, it was confirmed that Brook would finally make his first defence of the IBF title against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan , 18 KOs.
The fight took place on 28 March in Brook's home town, Sheffield. Dan became the mandatory after beating Kevin Bizier a second time in December via split decision.
In round two, a straight right hand wobbled Dan. Brook followed up with a right uppercut that sent Dan to the canvas. Soon after, Brook landed two straight right hands, the first wobbling Dan and the second creating another knockdown.