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Kell Brook is better than Naseem Hamed

A glittering list of champions has emerged from the Ingle gym in Sheffield, Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson and more. But Dominic Ingle believes Kell Brook is the best of them.

“He’s probably the best out of the lot,” Dominic said. “I spent a bit time of training Naz. Naz had a bit of power. I think Kell’s a better boxer and got a better variety of shots than Naz. I think Naz knew he could take guys out. There were times when he didn’t exhibit boxing skills but towards the middle of his career when he was defending his title, he’d use a lot more power, neglecting the skill aspects of it. I think that showed when he boxed Barrera.

“Kell’s been developing for a long time. I’ve seen him develop from a 10 year old kid into a world champion. He’s nearly 30 now, he’s probably hitting his peak, maybe another two to three years when he needs to be getting the big fights. I keep saying it, he’s never been in a position where we’ve had to see the best of him. He got rid of [Kevin] Bizier in two rounds. That’s what he had to do. These guys can’t go more than two rounds, or four rounds like Jo Jo Dan. He’s had his mandatory, he had to get rid of him quick to get the big fights. We’re only going to see the best fights against the best kids because he’ll have to pull something out the bag and he’s well capable of doing that. But when he sees an opportunity to take somebody out, he’s not going to stand back and box them for 12 rounds. If I’m being honest I’d say, he’s the best.”

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Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook claims he could quit boxing if he can’t fight a big name this summer

Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier

Kell Brook claims he should quit if he can’t fight a big name this summer.

Brook knows he is not going to fulfil his vast potential sparking out journeymen like Kevin Bizier and is desperate to have career-defining fights.

The IBF welterweight champ will not have to waste time on another mandatory for 12 months after smashing No 1 contender Bizier inside two rounds and wants to prove he is king of the 147-pounders.

“If I cannot get in with a big name in the summer, I should hang the gloves up because I’m in the sport to unify titles and fight the best,” he said.

“Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, while Jessie Vargas has just won a world title. I want to unify the division and there’s no-one who can touch me.

“I just need these fights and I’ll show everyone I can do it.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn knows Brook’s devastating display against Bizier, which stretched his unbeaten record to 36-0, will make it even harder to entice any of his rivals to fight him.

“Because of how good he is, we’re not going to get multiple choices,” said the Matchroom Sport MD.

“We want a big fight at the end of July at Bramall Lane. But we’re realistic to know that if we have to travel to America, we will. It has to be a big fight and it’s my job to deliver it.”

The IBF should be embarrassed by ordering this mismatch and Brook deserves credit for the professional job he did on Bizier in front of his home fans at Sheffield Arena.

He impressively combined power and accuracy and floored Bizier twice in the second round before referee Marcus McDonnell stopped it.

Trainer Dominic Ingle worked with Naseem Hamed and the other world champions from the famous Wincobank gym in Sheffield and says Brook is the best.

“Naz had power, but I think Kell is a better boxer,” said Ingle. “He’s got a better variety of shots than Naz.”

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Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier – smashed in two rounds then calls out Danny Garcia – “I’d love that fight”

Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier

Kell Brook smashed Kevin Bizier inside two rounds to show why none of his rivals want to face him.

Bizier may not be world level, but Brook still looked sensational as he easily destroyed the Canadian to come through the third defence of his IBF welterweight title.

Bitter rival Amir Khan pulled out of talks to fight Brook and none of the other world champions at 147lbs are rushing to fight him.

It’s easy to see why and Brook was devastating against Bizier.

Bizier has twice lost to Jo Jo Dan, whom Brook stopped inside four rounds a year ago, and he never troubled the champ in front of his home fans at Sheffield Arena as he extended his unbeaten record to 36-0.

Brook showed no signs of ring rust after 10 months out because of a rib injury and he was immediately into his stride, getting his jab going and rocking Bizier with right uppercut.

Bizier, his face already red, looked like he had just done six rounds with the champ rather than one, as he sat down in his corner.

Brook’s shots were powerful and accurate and he opened up on the challenger at the start of the second round, cutting him on the left cheek.

Bizier was in trouble and Brook closed in for the kill, landing a big right, which turned the Canadian’s legs to spaghetti.

Bizier went down and took an eight count from referee Marcus McDonnell as he gingerly got back to his feet.

But he was finished and when he went down again under a barrage of blows from Brook, McDonnell rightly waved off the contest two minutes and 15 seconds into the second round.

“I’ve really worked hard in the gym for this fight and I’m delighted it went so well,” said Brook.

“It’s been frustrating being out for so long and I want to crack on now and get some big fights.

“Danny Garcia, the WBC champion, I’d love that fight. Any of those big names, I’d get excited about fighting.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn wants a summer extravaganza for the Sheffield United fan at Bramall Lane in late July, but bringing a top name over to Britain is proving to be hard.

He said: “Matching Kell is no easy task. He’s so good, no-one wants to fight him. But we’re going to land a massive fight in the summer because we all want to see Kell go toe-to-toe with the best in the business.

“That’s what he does to these guys, he’s a beast. I believe he’s the best welterweight in the world.

“We want to bring the best to Sheffield. If they won’t come here, we’ll go to America.”

In the chief support, Luke Campbell got his career back on track after his first pro defeat, demolishing Gary Sykes in two rounds to claim the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist floored Sykes in the second with a looping left hand before the contest was stopped two seconds from the end of the round.

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Kell Brook vows to take out frustration on Kevin Bizier

Kell Brook makes the third defence of his IBF world welterweight title against Canada’s Bizier (25-2-KO17) in Sheffield – live on Sky Sports 1 – and is confident of not only shrugging off Khan’s decision to take on Saul Alvarez but of using it as inspiration.

Brook told Sky Sports: “It doesn’t make any difference to my training. I’m not interested. That’s his fight and I’m concentrating on mine.

“It’s frustrating because I want those big fights now and it’s frustrating I have to get a mandatory out of the way. It is what it is and I’ll deal with Bizier on March 26 and move on. I’m looking for a big fight this summer.

“I channel it all. You’ve got to be careful how you approach a fight. You’ve can’t go in with anger or anything else. I’m going to go in there and enjoy myself because I’ve done my hard work in the gym. It’s about having fun on the night.

“I’m not looking for a stoppage. I won’t force it. I think it’ll come to me. When I see the right shot and the right opportunity to take him out, then I will.”

Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson recently expressed concern the long-running saga with Khan may see Brook lose focus ahead of facing his mandatory challenger.

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Carl Froch thinks Kell Brook can replace Floyd Mayweather as the world’s best welterweight

Carl Froch wants Kell Brook to gather momentum, take on the best and prove he is the world’s No 1 welterweight…

Now Floyd Mayweather has retired, I think Kell Brook is the best welterweight in the world.

I honestly think he can beat anyone that Floyd did before he called it a day.

I am not saying he is as good as Mayweather because no one can dispute Floyd’s greatness, but look down that welterweight list – Kell is good enough to beat any of them.

People always say Mayweather picked his times perfectly, but even if he did, look down his record and I can’t see anyone Kell couldn’t beat – now or back then.

Brook is the heir to the welterweight throne and can be the best in the world. There is no reason he can’t take over, but there is a big ‘if’ as well.

The one thing he needs to do is start getting these big fights – not just his mandatory challenges – and he needs to keep active, get some momentum going.

He has had too many setbacks and needs to get going. Of course that stabbing after winning the world title didn’t help, nor did that rib injury that stopped him fighting against Diego Chaves at the end of last year.

This is his third mandatory and it is not going to be easy against Kevin Bizier but he has to put all this to bed, these injuries and these mandatories.

The one thing he needs is a big, defining fight, then we will see just how good he is.

The welterweight division is one of the deepest around, he is the IBF world champion, so he has to be champing at the bit to take on the best, and take over from Mayweather.

Brook is sharp, fast, hits hard and when he’s on his A-game, he really is a formidable force. He is such an exciting fighter, he could beat anyone.

You never take the mandatory lightly but I want to see Brook come through this at his best and hopefully, get that big fight this year.

Maybe it’s time to forget about Amir Khan and move on. You can talk to and about anyone in your division without a problem, but as frustrating as it has been, that Canelo fight keeps him out of the loop for now.

Brook is the IBF champion, so I want to see him take on another of the world champions. Danny Garcia? Keith Thurman? Jessie Vargas? It doesn’t matter to me, these are the sort of fights we want, what Kell needs and ones I think he will win.

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Kell Brook ‘ready to tear somebody up’ in title defence against Kevin Bizier as he makes plans for summer mega-fight

Kell Brook is feeling ‘ready to tear somebody up’ as he prepares to make his return to action this weekend.
Brook defends his IBF welterweight title in his native Sheffield against Canada’s mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier on Saturday in what is the former’s first fight since May.
In October he was forced to pull out of a bout with Argentinian Diego Chaves due to a rib injury.

And Brook told Sky Sports News at a public work-out at Sheffield’s Winter Gardens on Tuesday: ‘He (Bizier) is going to be hungry.
‘He has come over from Canada and is hungry for that world title. Every fighter’s dream is to fight and win a world title.

‘So believe me – it is a world championship match-up and will be very competitive.
‘But I’ve been training for a long, long time.
‘I’m hungry, and I’m ready to tear somebody up. Saturday night can’t come quick enough now, I’m really excited.’

Asked how frustrating the last 10 months had been, the 29-year-old said: ‘Frustrating is not the word.
‘Seeing all the elite fighters fight – I want a piece of that. I’m world champion and I just want to be in those cracking fights, those really exciting, competitive fights.
‘On Saturday night I’m going to take care of Kevin Bizier, get that done and then (promoter) Eddie Hearn is going to have something real big in line in the summer for us.’
Given 31-year-old Bizier (25-2 17KO wins) has twice lost to Jo Jo Dan, who was stopped by the undefeated Brook (35-0, 24KO wins) in four rounds last year, Saturday’s contest is widely expected to be a straightforward assignment for the Briton.
And Brook admits thoughts of what could come after Bizier are on his mind.

After plenty of talk about it, an agreement over a showdown with Amir Khan has failed to materialise.
But Hearn has been quoted as mentioning WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia and WBO king Jessie Vargas as possibilities, and suggesting the winner of Manny Pacquiao’s April clash with Timothy Bradley could also be an option.
Brook said: ‘My eyes are always going to be open and I’m in that mix now – if you want them big fights and titles, those big mega-fights, you have got to get involved with me.
‘We are going to get something real big in the summer.’

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Kell Brook ready to ‘stand and fight’ against Kevin Bizier

Kell Brook has told Kevin Bizier to get ready to stand and fight when he defends his IBF welterweight title at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Brook makes the third defence of his title against the mandatory challenger from Canada following an extended training camp as a result of the rib injury that forced him out of his October clash with Diego Chaves.

The unbeaten 29-year-old is plotting a major summer showdown, and wants to send a statement out to the welterweight division by destroying 31-year-old Bizier in front of his home crowd.

“It feels like I’ve been training for an eternity and I just can’t wait to get in there and fight,” said Brook.

“The back end of last year was so frustrating. I was excited for the Chaves fight and to get injured with just over a week to go was heartbreaking. When we tried to reschedule the fight the IBF told us that we have to fight Bizier next so he’s in the saddle.

“I was a mandatory challenger once and know how hungry I was. I’ve seen him saying that he is going to try and pressure me on Saturday and that’s music to my ears.

“I want to stand and fight. I haven’t had that fight night feeling for nearly a year and it’s been killing me inside. Saturday will be quite emotional for me and I feel a special performance coming on.

“Everyone is talking about a big summer fight and of course that’s on the agenda but right now I’m going to soak up the atmosphere in the arena in my hometown and go on a seek and destroy mission Saturday night.”

Johnny Nelson warns Kell Brook of taking Kevin Bizier lightly

Johnny Nelson has warned Kell Brook he could get “pick-pocketed” by Kevin Bizier if he is not fully focused on their world title fight.

The IBF welterweight champion makes his mandatory defence against the Canadian in Sheffield on March 26, live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

Brook (35-0-KO24) missed out on a Wembley battle with Amir Khan and earlier this week took another swipe at his bitter British rival.

Nelson was with Brook earlier this week and made it clear that the ‘Special One’ needs to shake off the Khan disappointment, put on a show against Bizier and retain his title.

“To me he [Brook] is top of the welterweight tree,” Nelson told Sky Sports News HQ.

“But the problem is now Amir Khan has stolen the headlines and Kell thought that was his summer showdown – against Khan – but now he’s just got to take something that’s not floating his boat.

“He’s got to lift himself and think to himself: ‘I know this guy has trained very hard for me. I can’t get complacent and take it easy’.

“If he does, Bizier is a busy fighter that could pick-pocket him. My worry is Kell needs that challenge to keep him busy, keeps him frightened and keeps him in the gym.

“If he thinks it’s a push-over, he starts to cut corners, take it easy and drop his guard a bit.”

Bizier (25-2-KO17) has worked his way into the mandatory position but Brook is a huge favourite to make it 36 wins out of 36 in front of his local support at the Sheffield Arena.

The champion has already promised to put on a show and make the rest of the welterweight division take note, with WBA champion Keith Thurman rescheduling his defence against Shawn Porter to June 26 after being injured in a car accident.

Brook beat Porter in California to become the world champion in August 2014 and has made two one-sided defences since.

His first came against Jo Jo Dan and although the Romanian has beaten Bizier twice in the last two years – his only defeats as a professional – Nelson is hoping the results will not influence Brook’s preparations.

“Kell will be thinking Jo-Jo Dan beat him twice, so he might be thinking this is really easy, but it’s not as easy as it looks,” he added.

“Kell has to keep on top of him, close him down, get rid of him and make a statement. Not just win.”

Kell Brook next opponent at Sheffield United’s ground?

Kell Brook Fight fans could witness a double world-title showdown at Bramall Lane this Summer.

Kell Brook has said he wants a big unification battle at his favourite football stadium, somewhere in or around the month of July.

And of the boxers of the required stature who are available, the most likely candidate is now American Jessie Vargas.

The 26-year-old from Los Angeles won the vacant WBO World welterweight title this month and has only been beaten once, by another Brook-target, Timothy Bradley.

Ironically, Brook’s camp would prefer to fight Bradley.

But he is slated to fight Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on April 9 and might not be as easier fight to make at this stage, especially if the fight was to be in England.

Ideally, Brook would take Vargas’s WBO belt in a Summer show at Bramall Lane and then make himself for the victor of the Bradley-Pacquiao…which is the type of super-fight the Sheffielder has yearned for, for years. Pacquiao may retire though.

First date on Brook’s dance card is Canadian Kevin Bizier, at Sheffield Arena on March 26, in his third defence of his IBF title.

Then, perhaps, local fans would see Vargas, who has 27 wins, and a points loss to Bradley, on his record.

Vargas has travelled outside his home land before, he beat Antonio DeMarco in China in November 2014.

One complication could be that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he wants to match Juan Manuel Marquez against Vargas.

Kell Brook: give me a big name opponent!

Kell Brook will be demanding some rapid developments once he has dispensed with world title challenger Kevin Bizier on March 26.

Sheffield’s IBF champion is in no mood for another ‘moderate’ opponent after his previous easy stoppages over Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin.

“After Bizier I expect something concrete quite quickly, ideally I’d like to know who it is or that we are close to making an offer, when I am sat on the apron immediately after Bizier2 he says.

“It has been a long road but I am excited to get rid of the mandatory and things should open up for me.

“We will start pressing and pushing until we get the people, we want, like (Danny) Garcia, (Timothy) Bradley or (Manny) Pacquiao. I would certainly be willing to travel to the US for Garcia, (current WBC welterweight champion) that’s a great fight.

“I would have been excited to fight the winner of Keith Thurman v Shawn Porter – I was intrigued to see how that went and it was disappointing to hear it was postponed (Thurman was in a car crash, last month), it does reduce my options for the time being.

“I have had some bad luck but if I get no injuries and there are no sticking points I know we can get those big fights.”

Other potential names for Brook’s diary could include Jessie Vargas who won the WBO Welterweight title in Washington on Saturday with a ninth round TKO victory over Sadam Al.

The South Yorkshireman has repeatedly said that he’d like to be in the business of unifying the division.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Luke Campbell and Gary Sykes will compete for a belt when they meet on Brook’s undercard.

The vacant Commonwealth crown will be up for grabs.

Hull-born Campbell (12-1, 10 KOs) is looking to come back from his first loss as he takes on the Dewsbury fighter (28-4, 6 KOs) as the chief support at Sheffield Arena.

* Brook has donated a signed boxing glove to a charity event to be staged at The Akademy Gym in Dronfield on Saturday, from 7pm.

Women at the gym are hosting a ‘Younique’ make-up party, raising cash for Sheffield woman Vanessa Boyd, 28, who is being treated in America for Lyme Disease, a tick-borne illness which can be fatal.

Former world champion Clinton Woods has also offered a prize in the raffle.

* Sheffield’s Lee Connelly suffered his 18th loss in 23 fights, to Coventry’s Jordan Cooke last weekend.

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Kell hungry for higher profile opponent

Kell Brook admits he “feels for the fans” who are waiting for him to take on an elite opponent.

Sheffield’s 29-year-old world champion defends his IBF welterweight belt against virtual-unknown Kevin Bizier on March 26.

The run-up has been largely overtaken by rumour and speculation about who Brook will fight next.

In world-prestige terms, Canadian Bizier, 31, is not big business, and Brook has not been severely tested since he wrenched the belt off American Shawn Porter in August 2014.

“I feel for the fans, they need to see me in a massive fight, they need to be excited like I need to be excited for these fights” he says.

But Brook acknowledges he has to beat Bizier and put on a show if he is secure the major shows, he craves.

“If you are not on your best ‘A’ game, especially in the welterweight division, you come unstuck” Brook said on an Ingle Gym video on youtube.

“People have done that, been found out and been beat, in the history of the game. We can’t let that happen.

“While we are at the top, while we are unbeaten, and while we are shouting for the best fighters out there, we have got to perform we have got to look good in this fight and then we have got a shout at the best boys out there” said Brook.

“I am after the (Keith) Thurman v Porter winner, [This has now been postponed after Thurman was hurt in a car crash} I’m after (Manny) Pacquiao, (Timothy) Bradley, I am after (Danny) Garcia unification.

“Garcia…the WBC, that green belt would look beautiful next to my red IBF! A unification in the Summer, that would be a dream for me. Let’s give the fans a massive fight.”

Brook promises a “fireworks all-action” scrap with Bizier, whom he sent a message to.

“I am going to make sure I do my job and look sensational. I am going to perform like a world champion and defend my title in style.

“Kevin Bizier should be looking in my eyes, have I got the ‘eye of the tiger,’ do I want it? Does he want it? You are getting in there with the best.

“There is no stone unturned at my end.

“I am coming in there at 110 per cent. You have got your work cut out. I just wish you all the best in the fight and keep your guard up son!

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Kell Brook: Amir Khan won’t fight because he couldn’t live with himself if he lost to me

Kell Brook believes Amir Khan is avoiding their £12million showdown because he couldn’t live with himself if he lost.
Khan has been offered the lion’s share of the purse in a bid to coax him into a fight at Wembley on June 4.
But Brook, who referred to his rival as ‘the kid from Bolton’ throughout Monday’s press conference, is prepared to move on to other targets after talks stalled.

‘He’s got no respect for me, that’s what makes me want to punch him in the face even harder,’ he said.
‘I’m the champion of the world, never been beaten, so for him to dictate to us makes me laugh.
‘It’s been going on for many, many years but everyone wants to see that fight.
‘I want to be in massive fights and there’s nothing that would give me the buzz more than putting that kid from Bolton on his a***.

‘It would kill him, losing to me. When he was chasing [Manny] Pacquiao or [Floyd] Mayweather he half knew he would get beat but he could come back here and live with it.
‘I don’t think he could live with [losing to me] having slagged me off for so many years.
‘I’m looking forward to a massive fight this summer. If we can’t get the kid from Bolton then I’d like to do a unification with Danny Garcia, the guy who knocked the kid out.
‘If not, the Porter-Thurman winner or we can do the Pacquiao-Bradley winner or even get Mayweather to come out of retirement.’

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, admitted he is losing hope of making the fight this summer.
‘It appears to be further away than ever,’ he said. ‘I don’t feel we can do a lot more than we’ve done already.
‘Amir Khan is a fantastic fighter, he’s achieved so much. Already we’ve come to the table time and time again to give him the better part of the deal.

‘But we’ve been told we’re miles away from their perceived value so we have to say we’re miles away from having interest in making that fight.
‘Amir Khan does not want to lose to Kell Brook but you can’t force a man to fight.’
Brook will make the third defence of his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in Sheffield on March 26.
‘We’re well ahead of schedule. I can’t wait to get back in and defend this world title in Sheffield,’ he added.
‘Bizier is coming to challenge for the world title. This is his chance, I know the feeling and he’s going to be bringing everything he’s got win this title.’