Explosive Kell Brook sees off Kevin Bizier in two rounds in Sheffield

Brook v Bizier
Brook v Bizier
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The overwhelming power and precision of Kell Brook's fists rendered tonight's IBF world title defence something of a nonsense tonight.

Brook successfully defended his IBF welterweight title with a second-round stoppage of Kevin Bizier at Sheffield Arena.

The eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger

He did the Biz against Bizier...in fine style.

As his gym-mate Atif Shafiq had mentioned days earlier the IBF sanctioned mandatory miss-match was something of a waste of time in terms of a contest- Brook is so much better than Bizier and, in fact, his previous two victims Frankie Gavin and Jo Jo Dan.

Brook, 29, had too much strength for the Canadian visitor whom he drew blood from in the first round.

In the second, with blood streaming down Bizier's cheek and big right sent the challenger to the deck.

David Allen

David Allen

After an eight count Bizier never looked like he could carry on and it was only a matter of time - two minutes 15 seconds into the period to be precise - that the referee stopped it.

In some respects Kell can't win...even though he did.

Some critics (and Amir Khan fans in particular) would say the quick KO shone a light solely on the inferior standard of the challenger.

Yet if it had gone the distance Brook would have been slaughtered in the press and social media for not seeing him off earlier.

"I want the big fights now," Brook said immediately after his third defence. of his IBF welterweight crown.

The South Yorkshireman surely deserves it.

Brook also paid tribute to the loud and lively Arena crowd who paid good money on a rainy night to get behind their man.

There were wins too for Sheffield middleweight Adam Etches, Conisbrough heavyweight Dave Allen and Barnsley's Andy Townend.

But Bolsover's Jamie Robinson suffered a one-point defeat.

* Meanwhile Rotherham's Nav Mansour is recovering after snapping his achilles in sparring.

He says the injury made it the worst day of his life, as he prepared for a British and Commonwealth title fight in early April.

The 26-year-old English super welterweight champion wrote on Facebook: " Worked so hard, trained so hard and yesterday whilst training I snapped my Achillies heel. I was sparring and was in the best shape of my life, knowing this fight was going to be an easy win for me.

"I want to say sorry to all my fans, friends and all those people taking time out to come to my fight and supporting me. I want to thank all my sponsors supporting me.

"I'm devastated just as much as you all are. The injury has been bugging me for the past year and yesterday it went unexpectedly.

"I will be coming back stronger and don't you all worry I will be coming home with those belts and a world title !! Mark my words."

* Chris Eubank Jr is the new British middleweight champion after stopping Nick Blackwell in the 10th round at Wembley Arena.

Eubank Jr dominated the fight and never appeared in any trouble, with the doctor eventually deciding that Blackwell was unable to see sufficiently from his left eye.

The challenger landed eye-catching punches from the off and found it easy to evade Blackwell, who as the fight went on looked more and more like he would need a knock-out to retain his belt. But that never looked forthcoming.

Eubank Jr appeared as if he was tiring but he did enough in the early rounds to have won on points had it gone the distance.

Blackwell's eye had been closing for a few rounds and blood was coming out of his nose when the referee stopped the fight.