VIDEO: Kell Brook storms to successful title defence

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Kell Brook brought the fireworks for his glorious homecoming as he retained his IBF welterweight title in emphatic fashion at the Arena before firing a shot towards rival Amir Khan.

Brook had Jo Jo Dan down four times over 12 one-sided minutes, dominating the game but severely overmatched Romanian who retired on his stool after four rounds.

Kell Brook floors Jo Jo Dan

Kell Brook floors Jo Jo Dan

And targeting a big name opponent in the summer, Brook called out long-time rival Khan for a blockbuster all-British world title bout.

A near sell out crowd at the Motorpoint Arena roared Brook to the ring for his homecoming.

A knife attack may which threatened Brook’s life as much as his career forced a severely delayed first defence of his world title.

But he did not look as though he had missed a beat, barely getting out of first gear against an opponent who proved far too easy to hit.

Usually orthodox fighters have trouble landing against southpaws. But Dan provided no such trouble for the hometown hero.

The Canada-based fighter proved particularly susceptible to the right hand and walked onto a number of hefty shots in the short fight.

After a steady opening round, Brook roared into life in the second, catching Dan with a stiff right to send him tumbling to the mat.

The Romanian made the count but Brook surged and floored him again with a crisp straight that met Dan coming in.

Somehow, Dan managed to reach the end of the round, and stayed relatively clear of trouble in the third, largely down to wrestling tactics that prevented Brook from finding the room he needed.

But Dan was back on the canvas in the fourth, a fine right hook putting him down.

And right on the bell at the end of the round, a wicked hook caught Dan flush on the temple and put him down again.

Wobbly-legged, Dan survived once more but his corner had seen enough.

The fight was waved off, much to the delight of the packed crowd who delighted in their hero’s glorious return.

For an in-depth report and reaction, see Monday’s Star

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