Kell Brook (37-2, 26KOs) returned to the ring with a second round knockout over Sergey Rabchenko (29-3, 22KOs) in his super-welterweight debut.
The Sheffield-based fighter was clearly overjoyed with his knockout victory but more importantly he came through unscathed, although the Belarusian was unable to provide any real test.
The jubilant 31-year old couldn’t hide his excitement after his empathetic victory adding: “You thought you had got rid of me. I am the Terminator and I am back now. I am here to stay. I love the sport.”
Brook was then asked if he would rather drop back down to 147lbs to fight Amir Khan or fight for a world title at 154lbs. Brook said:
“Forget about the weight. It’d be Khan.”
“It’d be a lot harder to get him signed than a world title fight.”
“Everyone wants to see that fight. We’ve got the money and the promo stuff, so why can’t we make that happen? We need to sit down, talk about weight and need to make that fight.”
Khan-Brook: Will it ever happen?
With Amir Khan (31-4, 19KOs) now signed with Matchroom and his comeback fight scheduled for April 21 against Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15KOs) surely this fight has more chance of happening then ever before?
As long as Khan can get past his opponent without picking up any injuries then this fight should be signed and ready for the end of 2018? Personally I doubt it will happen this year and I can’t help but think that would be down the Khan more than Brook.
The 31-year old from Bolton seems to have a very high standard of himself but he has to realise that since his time away from the ring ‘The Special One’ has taken on two of the most feared fighters in boxing.
Not only did Brook give Triple G and Spence Jr tough fights but he suffered two serious injuries which could have ended his career. Credit and respect must be shown to Brook as not many fighters in the business today would have the balls to come back from that.
Lets hope Brook-Khan can finally be signed and delivered.
On the undercard in Sheffield Gavin McDonnell (19-1-2, 5KOs) defeated up and coming Gamal Yafai (14-1, 7KOs) in what was an exciting fight in the super-bantamweight division.
The British number 1 proved to be too experienced for his younger opponent and showed just why he is able to mix it with the world’s best in his division.
After a very bright start from Yafai in the first round he was unable to deal with the constant pressure from McDonnell after that. The 26-year old was trying to throw too many power punches and neglected his jab.
Fatigue started to set in from about round 6 when he was caught with a right hand from McDonnell that seemed to knock the Brummie off balance.
From that point the fight went only one way and that was in favour of the 31-year old from Doncaster.
All three judges scored in favour of McDonnell; 117-113 and 116-112 twice, I had it 117-111.
Dave Allen suffered a bad cut over his right eye after a clash of heads in the opening round with opponent Lenroy Thomas. The fight was stopped and awarded a technical draw.
Also on the undercard in the featherweight division Kid Galahad (24-0, 15KOs) knocked out Irving Berry in the third round with a devastating left hand that floored the man from Panama out cold.
Once the fight was waved off by the referee medical staff were quickly in the ring to attend to Berry who thankfully left the ring on his feet.
After the fight Galahad who is also apart of the Ingle gym called out the winner of Selby-Warrington.