Kell Brook continues on the comeback trail this Saturday. The Sheffield native fights again in his home city, following his second-round demolition of Sergey Rabchenko in March, and hopes to secure a major fight in 2019.
He faces Michael Zerafa, a man with the same number of career defeats to Brook – a meagre two – but who has been well beaten when facing quality operators.
In his 40th bout and now aged 32, Brook’s career is on the line. To prove he’s ready to mount a world title challenge again, he’ll need to show he’s back to his best after consecutive defeats and double damaged eye sockets.
Critics say ‘The Special One’ will never be the same after those debilitating injuries. But with a new man in his corner – John Fewkes replacing long-time trainer Dominic Ingle – can a fresh impetus bring new rewards?
Against Zerafa, it would appear so. The Australian, though seemingly game, hasn’t fought anywhere near his opponent’s level. Age is on his side – he’s six years younger – but the boxing IQ, pedigree and power stacks heavily in Brook’s favour.
It’s that power which will be looking to light up a cold and dark night in South Yorkshire. Of Brook’s 37 victories, 26 have come early. For a man who’s only ever fought once above 11 stone, a 70% KO rating shows he can bang.
Bluntly, it’ll surely be not ‘if’ but ‘when’ Brook wins. But therein lies the intrigue. With mouth-watering fights next year looking tantalisingly close, Special K will want to make a statement. An early knockout victory will be at the top of his Christmas wish list and should be where you put your money this weekend.
Odds correct at time of publication. Subject to change.
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