As the latest Brendan Ingle disciple to promise greatness, Kell Brook showed this evening by beating Lovemore N'Dou that he is ready to step up to world level
Although a unanimous points decision will never get the fair weather boxing fan screaming on the sofa, the performance of Kell Brook in beating the 64 fight veteran Lovemore N'Dou proves that there is a depth to British boxing beyond the marquee names of David Haye, Carl Froch and Amir Khan.
All the talk before the fight had been that of worry, scared that Kell Brook would revert to typical Inglish and shoot from the hip and be caught from a man who took Saul Alvarez (who annihilated Ryan Rhodes recently) to 12 rounds last December. Jonny Nelson, for one, looked properly scared in the gantry.
Brook was excellent. After boxing behind the jab in the opening stanzas he treated the watching crowd, including Rhodes, Carl Froch and Spencer Oliver to a real boxing masterclass. He moved in and out with wanton abandon, threw triple jabs that rattled his opponent and battered the teak chin of Lovemore N'Dou with a variety of punches that belied his inexperience at world level.
I reckon that he’ll have too much for Paulie and, with careful promoting and focus, could realistically fight Khan within three years.
Lovemore N'Dou might be 39 but he hasn't been stopped in 18 years as a pro and Brook did as much as Alvarez to break that record, and much more than the massively inflated Matthew Hatton. Brook has all the hallmarks of a Brendan Ingle fighter, he can throw quickly and heavily from both sides, follows jabs with straights to the body, will switch hit when necessary but, and this is why we should be really excited, he showed, by following a gameplan, that he possesses the brains that his idol Nassem Hamed lacked.
Had Nassem listened to Emmanuel Steward he could have beaten Barrera and gone on to be a genuine two weight champion but he was too bothered with throwing from the waist and dancing around to worry about brass tacks and boxing nous and had his a*se handed to him on a plate
Brook showed this evening that he is possession of the full arsenal of punches. He won every round, rarely slowed, took the best of N’dou on his chin and in his ribs and handed his opponent the most comprehensive defeat of a career that has spanned a golden age in his weight class.
The respected Ring Magazine had Kell Brook at number 10 in their Welterweight rankings before this evening and this victory will surely propel him up the rankings and see him get a shot against title holders Senchenko or Zaveck after one more fight.
The rumours are that it will be against Paulie Maglignaggi, the overblown New Yorker who stole a decision from N’Dou a couple of years ago and was shown up by both Hatton and Amir Khan.
Although he probably needs three more fights and an alphabet belt to prove he can walk amongst the best, I reckon that he’ll have too much for Paulie and, with careful promoting and focus, could realistically fight Khan within three years.
Kell Brook can punch, dance, talk and has the looks of a bloke you wouldn't leave alone with your missus. He might not have the hype of a DeGale or Khan, but he certainly has the talent. That used to be enough, let’s hope it still is.
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