Kell Brook has the chance to once again be a world champion when he takes on WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on November 14 in Las Vegas. Will Brook dethrone Crawford?
Road To Kell Brook v Terence Crawford
Kell Brook returns to action on November when he takes on unbeaten Terence Crawford for the WBO welterweight belt – and already the Yorkshire fighter is being written off.
Brook is a former IBF welterweight champion, and this is his first real test since he lost that belt to Errol Spence Jr in what was only his second ever professional defeat.
Many critics thought that Brook was on a downward slide after defeats to Gennady Golovkin and Spence Jr, but he has since won three fights on the bounce against Sergey Rabchenko, Michael Zerafa and Mark DeLuca and has been rewarded with this big money fight.
A lot of people – myself included – hoped that Brook and Amir Khan would finally get it on in the ring, but there is more chance of me knocking out Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua with the same punch that that fight ever taking place.
Both fighters have accused the other of running scared, if Brook does win this title then it’s a possibility that Khan will come back out of the woodwork and start trash talking Brook.
One person who did have the fortune to face Khan in the ring is Crawford, the American knocked Khan down inside the first two minutes and was under immense pressure. The fight came to an end in the sixth round when Khan was hit with an accidental low blow, despite having five minutes to recover he was unable to continue and Crawford got the win by TKO.
Crawford has since accused Khan of quitting, but the Bolton fighter has denied those claims.
Kell Brook v Terence Crawford Predictions & Tips
I will confess to not being Kell Brook’s biggest fan, but I do want him to win the WBO welterweight title. The more British champions at the highest level the better in my opinion.
Brook’s defeat against GGG and Spence Jr will put him in a good place for this fight with Crawford. There are arguments for and against on how good Crawford is, but I honestly can see Brook causing an upset here.
Don ‘t get me wrong, it will not be easy but Brook is a stubborn man and he won’t go down with a whimper. He is capable of taking Crawford all the way, and as long as he doesn’t let the American dominate the opening rounds, he can nick this one on points.
One problem for Brook will be the condition of his eye. The Yorkshireman has had issues in the past when GGG damaged his eye socket, while the problem resurfaced in his defeat against Spence Jr.
Crawford would be a fool to not target his eye, if Brook can withstand any punishment to that area, then he will grow in confidence. I am backing Brook to show some Yorkshire grit and the kind of performance that saw him win the IBF belt against Shawn Porter in 2014.
This will be a brutal and absorbing contest, but I am sticking my neck on the line and backing Brook to win the WBO belt on points.
Kell Brook v Terence Crawford: Fighter’s Predictions
Kell Brook: “I’ve been told there are people writing off my chances, questioning my age, and my ability to make the weight. Well, let them talk.
“Some people focus on reading headlines, I focus on making headlines. Those people writing me off as a big underdog? No problem. I guess this big dog will be making a few people richer during a difficult time.
“Terence isn’t too much younger than me. They know that I’ve never ducked a challenge, and they should know that I’ve never failed to make 147 on the scales.
“With age comes experience. My knowledge and experience make me a diﬀerent ﬁghter, a more mature ﬁghter. Couple that with a happy fighter, and you’ve got yourself a dangerous fighter.”
Promoter Bob Arum: “Kell Brook is one of the elite fighters in the world. He has faced so many of the top boxers.
“He is a real test for pound-for-pound great Terence Crawford. This is another premium fight that will be available to boxing fans for no extra charge live on ESPN.”