The prospective hit list for fast-rising welterweight contender Kell Brook makes for impressive reading; IBF titleholder Andre Berto, fellow Brit Amir Khan — who will be fighting at 147 pounds come 2012 — and WBA beltholder Vyacheslav Senchenko are all there.
Having dismantled and demolished Polish tough-nut Rafal Jackiewicz on Saturday, during five-plus totally one-sided rounds in his home city of Sheffield, Yorkshire, the 25-year-old Englishman, ranked No. 10 by THE RING before his latest win, and manager Eddie Hearn were talking a big game. And why not? The undefeated Brook (25-0, 17 knockouts) had just become the first person to stop veteran Jackiewicz (38-10-1, 19 KOs).
Forget the fact referee Howard Foster probably intervened a bit quickly when calling a halt to proceedings at a sold-out Ponds Forge Arena. It had barely been a contest worthy of the description. Indeed, Brook‘s authority, superior punching power and accuracy made his first WBA international title defense seem something of a mismatch.
Nicknamed ‘The Special One’, Brook lived up to that billing, with a display that should have the world’s leading welterweights — Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather excluded — sitting up and taking notice.
Hearn, head of Matchroom’s boxing division, was suitably ecstatic and revealed that, in addition to targeting the aforementioned trio of titleholders next year, Brook will now be unveiled in America, most likely on the undercard of the re-scheduled Dec 17 super middleweight unification showdown between Carl Froch and Andre Ward, Atlantic City, NJ.
“This kid is something very, very special and sometimes in a sport you only get one chance to take someone all the way, ” said Hearn. “We’re already looking at Andre Berto, and we’re talking to Louis DiBella. And we’re looking to take him out to America in December. That’s why I wanted him to get this fight done fast – so we can get him on Carl Froch’s show in Atlantic City.
“All of America is talking about him and our country should be talking about him too. There’s all kinds of fights at 147 pounds. People talk about Amir Khan and that’s a natural fight for 2012. I don’t want to get too carried away about that fight because I might say something I regret. But that’s a fight this country has to see in 2012 and we’ll push to make it happen. He can keep making excuses but it doesn’t matter. We’re going to get him.
“We’re going to take Kell to America now and build him there and we already have offers. Golden Boy, DiBella, they all want a piece of Kell Brook. We’re so glad and lucky, and this country should be so glad and lucky, that we have a talent like this because he’s the best I’ve seen in many years.”
High praise indeed, which the calm, assured Brook took in stride while insisting he would relish the opportunity to make his mark across the Atlantic.
“Whatever Eddie says, I do. He puts them up, I knock them down,” he said. “I definitely want to box in America. I want to show them what I’m all about – and explode there. I think I’m ready for that. I’ve always dreamt about being in with those top names. I’m definitely ready for world title opponents.”