As a fellow Sheffielder, I am delighted to see that Kell Brook is finally starting to get the credit he deserves worldwide.
His fan base is getting bigger and bigger all the time and he showed exactly why he is one of the best boxers in Britain on Saturday night.
When Kell entered the ring at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena to defend his IBF world welterweight title against Romanian Jo Jo Dan, that was the first time he had boxed while he was the champion. Until then, he had always been the challenger and it’s a totally different mentality. All of a sudden, the pressure is on you to produce the goods in your own backyard.
Kell went in as the champion and had almost nothing to gain from winning that bout. Everyone was already talking about the prospect of him facing Amir Khan in his next fight but Kell had to block all that out of his mind and focus on the job in hand.
It is a big change in mindset when you are the champion compared to the challenger so for Kell to come out and deliver such an impressive performance just highlights what a top fighter he really is. I’m sure Kell would have taken a shaky win on points but for him to stop Dan in the fourth round and win so comprehensively was amazing.
The good thing for Kell now is his destiny is in his own hands. He’s the champion so he’s in a position of strength in terms of his next fight.
If the opportunity is there for Kell to fight Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, he would be stupid to turn that down. They are both in their late 30s and not going to be around for too many more years. You wouldn’t blame Kell if he tries to go for one of them before they hang up their gloves.
But, from the outside looking in, Khan would be the natural next step for Kell but a lot of negotiation seems to go on behind the scenes in boxing. It is a lot less clear cut than in any other sports where your next move takes you.
Khan seems to be spending a lot of time in the States so hopefully he’s not forgotten his roots and will give the British public what it wants.
I think Khan v Brook could be as big as Carl Froch/George Groves. The Froch/Groves fight got people buzzing again about boxing so hopefully we will get another big British superfight in the not too distant future.