ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — RingTV.com caught up to unbeaten British welterweight Kell “Special K” Brook , of England, for a Q&A following his fifth-round knockout of Luis Galarza in his United States debut at Boardwalk Hall last Saturday.
Ranked No. 6 in his division by THE RING, the 25-year-old Brook improved to 26-0 with his 18th knockout against Galarza (18-3, 14 KOs), who had won eight consecutive fights, seven of which were accomplished by stoppage.
Brook-Galrarza took place on the undercard of a Showtime-televised main event featuring the Super Six World Boxing Classic final and battle for THE RING’s vacant super middleweight crown during which WBA titleholder Andre Ward, of Oakland, won a unanimous decision that dethroned WBC beltholder Carl Froch, of England.
In defeat, Froch joined countrymen such as Amir Khan, Darren Barker, David Haye, Matthew Hatton, Matthew Macklin, Dereck Chisora, Brian Magee, John Murray, Martin Murray and Ryan Rhodes as winless warriors abroad.
All but Murray, who battled to a draw with Felix Sturm, have lost when fighting off English soil. Nathan Cleverly is Britain’s lone titlist as holder of the WBO light heavyweight belt., and Brook, its rising star and hope.
Brook was coming off October’s sixth-round knockout of Poland’s Rafal Jackiewicz, who was rated No. 7 by THE RING at the time and who was stopped for the first time in his career. Jackiewicz has split-bouts with former IBF beltholder, Jan Zaveck.
Having gotten his feet wet on American soil, Brook told RIngTV.com that his is anxious to return toward gaining more exposure against better competition.
RingTV.com: How was your first experience in an American boxing ring?
Kell Brook: The canvas actually felt different, to be honest with you. The canvas was a bit softer. But I’ve never boxed outside of Britain. Ever. It’s a whole different feeling.
RingTV.com: How so?
KB: Well, it’s a whole different feeling. There is the five hour time difference. It was tough to get my head around that. But I got in there and I dealt with it and I went out there and took him out in style, you know?
RingTV.com: Do you feel that the crowd was into it?
KB: I feel like the public enjoyed it. Every time someone got caught, whether it was him or me, I heard the ooohhhs and the aaahhhs. The American people and the British people were into it equally it seemed like.
With the American people, they’re not about who is the favorite, they just loved the fight. I felt the energy from them tonight. I really felt it. So we’ve continued our winning ways, and I want to come back here soon and continue to knock MF’s out.
RingTV.com: RING has you ranked ahead of guys like Jones, Zaveck, Aydin and Mosley, but do you feel that is where you belong?
I want to get in there and I want to be in there with the top names. You know, I’m 26-0 with 18 knockouts, and I’m ready, man. I’m ready to take over.
RingTV.com: So if you could pick your next opponent, who would that be and where will you fight next?
KB: I would like to fight in the UK because it’s near Christmas, my fans could really come out because everyone, right now, is dealing with the recession.
So I would like to take a big fight in the UK and then come back out here. I would like someone like a Paulie Malignaggi or a Mike Jones.
Or an Ortiz or a Zab Judah or somebody like that. Those are the kinds of fights that I want to be involved in. Maybe one, fight, maybe two fights, and I’ll be ready for them.
I’ll take Mike Jones. I’ll fight him in Atlantic City, and I’ll destroy him. I’m ready. I’m ready to take over. I’m the new kid on the block, man. I’m the new kid.
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