Alexander shrugs off Sheffield’s Kell Brook as an unworthy opponent

Junior Witter and Devon Alexander
Junior Witter and Devon Alexander
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WORLD champion Devon Alexander isn’t exactly champing at the bit to take on Sheffield’s Kell Brook.

The American welterweight dismisses the South Yorkshireman as an unworthy challenger - although he may have to face him unless he relinquishes his IBF belt in favour of more lucrative super-fights.

Brook’s three round defeat of Argentinian Hector Saldivia was a final eliminator for a pop at Alexander’s title.

But the Missouri southpaw - who beat Brook’s Ingle gym mate Junior Witter to the WBC light welterweight title in 2009 - looks down his nose at the English boxer.

“I didn’t see the fight and I barely know Kell Brook,’ Alexander told World Boxing News.

“We will see what my advisor Al Haymon and my trainer Kevin Cunningham come up with. Right now, I’m not even worried about Kell Brook because I barely know him...and who is he anyway?

“I never saw him fight before so I can’t rate him, but maybe he can be used as a tune up.

“Right now there are a lot of options and I’ll just leave it up to my trainer and advisor to deal with.”

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has long been of the view that he’ll find it almost impossible to lure Alexander over to Britain, but would be prepared to send his man to the States. Alexander won the IBF title last Saturday, beating Randall Bailey in New York on a unanimous points decision.

He has only lost once in his 25-fight career, and that was to Timothy Bradley, another elite boxer who has beaten Witter, in 2008,at Nottingham.

Witter fights Frankie Gavin on Thursday November 1 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on a Frank Warren event.

They will dispute Witter’s British welterweight title which he won, against Colin Lynes, in May, at Hillsborough.