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Brook Survives The Pressure

Brook Survives The Pressure

 

IBF 147lbs World Title Eliminator

 

Fighting in his Hometown Arena, The Motorpoint in Sheffield. Kell Brook got motoring as he barley made it past tough American Carson Jones over 12 tough exciting rounds. Questions were asked before hand if Brook (10st 6 3/4 lbs) was world class?, could he come through a crisis? and can his chin hold against a big puncher?. The Sheffield man answered these questions and more, a suspected broken nose left Brook’s face a bloody mess as Jones (10st 6 1/2 lbs) came on very strong in the last 6 rounds to push Brook all the way. Jones was certainly not here just to make up the numbers.

 

The fight started well for the Champion, very well in fact as he jabbed, moved and landed at will on his opponent. In the first round the general conscientious was that Jones was having a look at Brook as he was following him around the ring but basically doing nothing OR so we thought. The Pressure was building as Jones was making Brook move around the ring at a pace Brook was not used to. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th went the same way with Brook boxing beautifully and Jones chasing. On occasion a Brook punch would stop Jones in his tracks then the Sheffield man would go on the attack looking for a KO. It never came for Brook but the fight was about to get very very difficult.

 

After 6 rounds Brook was well ahead, i had him 5-1 up, still boxing, moving and landing it looked as if Brook was going to cruise to a wide points win. Jones had other ideas. The pressure that the American put on Brook was beginning to tell, the cutting of the ring and the body shots made the champion slow down to a point where Jones could batter away at him on the ropes. The 7th, 8th and 9th rounds were bad ones for Brook, bleeding badly from that nose injury it had looked that Brook was beginning to wilt. In his post fight interview Brook had mentioned he wasn’t happy with aspects of his training but also his diet although he did give full credit to the determined challenger Jones. The fight had turned full circle, gone was the fluid movement by the champion. He was now reduced to slugging it out on the ropes against a guy that had went 8 straight knockouts victories before this fight.

 

As the scorecards got tighter (i had it 5-4 Brook after 9) Brook somehow got his second wind and started moving again. Don’t get me wrong he was in full retreat mode but he was doing enough with his jab to keep the now tiring Jones away. Brook like he had done earlier in the fight turned southpaw in an attempt to keep Jones at distance. I had Brook nicking 10 and 11, all he had to do now was see the final bell.

 

The last round started where the tenth and the eleventh left off with Brook somehow moving out of harms way whilst flicking that pesky jab at Jones, it didn’t last though as after a minute Jones began pounding the body them moving to head. Brook was hurt and was hanging on for life. Jones went for the kill, numerous more punch forced Brook back to the ropes, the crowd were going absolutely crazy willing their home fighter to the bell. Attack after attack rained in from Jones but Brook answered one of those questions, in fact a few questions as in those last 30 seconds of the fight that remained Brook came through his crisis, his chin was tested and he had beaten a genuine world class fighter.

 

Brook is now in line for an IBF title shot although its unclear whether he will need to fight in another final eliminator. In this post fight interview Jones said he felt he won and would like a rematch. Somehow i cant see that happening soon, it was that tough a fight where both fighter emerged with huge credit after a stormy build up to the fight.

 

Below is my scorecard:

Round 1…. 10-9 Brook

Round 2…. 10-9 Brook

Round 3…. 10-9 Brook

Round 4…. 9-10 Jones

Round 5…. 10-9 Brook

Round 6…. 10-9 Brook

Round 7…. 9-10 Jones

Round 8…. 9-10 Jones

Round 9…. 9-10 Jones

Round 10.. 10-9 Brook

Round 11.. 10-9 Brook

Round 12.. 9-10 Jones

 

TOTAL: 115-113 Kell Brook

 

Judges Scores: Manfred Kuechler (Ger)… 114-114 Draw

Steve Gray (England) …… 116-113 Brook

Paul Barry (USA)…………. 115-113 Brook

 

KELL BROOK WINS BY MAJORITY DECISION

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