One Kell of a performance by Brook

Last night saw Kell Brook back and back with a bang as he totally destroyed Canadian based Romanian challenger Jo Jo Dan in 4 rounds to retain his IBF world welterweight title.

SHEFFIELD-BROOK-DANN3Round 1 saw Brook start well firing from behind the jab and taking the round with ease.

Round 2 Brook had Dan down twice the first time from a big upper cut and then a short right. Leaving the challenger looking like ‘Desperate’ Dan by the end of the round.

Round 3 Brook again off firing big shots and landing right hands on the challenger.

Round 4 Brook in control but a quieter round until the last 30 seconds when Brook landed another big right hand sending Dan to the canvas for the 3rd time and just as the bell went Kell got a cracking left hook in and Dan was on the deck again. He made the count and wend back to his corner but before the bell went for the start of the 5th Dan’s corner pulled him out (And quite rightly so).
This was great performance by the Sheffield start who now remains unbeaten and retains his IBF title and will now have his sights firmly set on some big fights ahead with the other big names in the welterweight division.

Big upset of the night was popular Sheffield middleweight Adam Etches getting flattened in 4 rounds by Brit bashing Belarusian Sergey Khomitsky. Etches known as the ‘Bomber’ took one hell of a bomb last night with Khomitsky landing a massive right hand and ending the fight and Etches reign as IBF international middleweight champion at 1.35 of the 4th round. Etches fighting Khomitsky was always going to be a risky one with the rough tough Belarusian already having wins over Frank Buglioni and Jamie Moore.

Doncaster super-bantam Gavin McDonnell claimed the vacant European title on points beating Ukraine’s Oleksandr Yegorov on all 3 judges cards 117-111, 118-110 and 118-109. This is a great win for McDonnell and brings another title to ‘Team Mac’ with Daily Sport sponsored twin brother Jamie already holding the WBA world bantamweight title. On last night performance Gavin looks set for big things and will certainly get in the world title mix.

Birmingham welterweight Frankie Gavin won his 10 rounder with Serbia’s Bogdan Mitic in shut out fashion taking every round on the refs scorecard to win 100-90.

Birmingham flyweight Kal Yafai cruised to victory in his 8 rounder against a tough oppo in Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales winning the bout 79-76 6n points.

Scouse super-feather Stephen Smith beat Jacek Wylezol 60-53 on points over 6 rounds dropping the Pole for an 8 count in the 3rd from a cracking shot to the body.

Results in brief – Bradford welter Nadeem Siddique stopped Hungary’s Laszlo Fekete in the 1st round. Cambridge super-feather Jordan Gill beat Radford’s Barrington Brown on points 60-54 over 6 rounds. Sheffield flyweight Kyle Yousef beat Bulgaria’s Stefan Slavchev over 4 rounds on points 40-36. Epsom flyweight Charlie Edwards proved what a tidy prospect he is throwing with ease and accuracy to stop Georgian Mikheil Soloninkini in 2 minutes of round 3.

SHEFFIELD-BROOK-DANN18“It was truly amazing to walk out in front of all my fans,” Brook told DAILY SPORT Boxing “I didn’t think I would ever box again but here I am filling arenas. I can’t put into words what it means to be back defending my World title.

“It was hard today holding it together. I felt this is where I belong. I am sorry I have kept you waiting but I hope you have had a good night. I am back baby.

“What a heart. I caught him with some good clean shots n he kept getting back up. He’s never been stopped and he’s a legitimate World title contender that has never been stopped and I have just taken him out in style.

“You see little bits of greatness but much more to come from me and I will be back out in June in a massive fight.

“Amir Khan, Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios – those are the sort of names I want. Bring them on. I want to entertain the fans and want them to tell me who they want to see me fight – I think the answer is Amir Khan, and if he’s watching – let’s do it, come and fight me.

“I didn’t think I would ever walk again never mind box again and here I am defending my world title in style. I have been given a second chance. The best is yet to come.”

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: “There is a little venue available on June 13 called Wembley Stadium. If Amir Khan is watching give everyone what they want. It is the biggest payday available and it’s for a World title.”

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