By Steven Donnell
“Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge.” These famous words of dodgeball guru Patches O’Houlihan seem to have been adopted by IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook when it comes to facing his mandatory, Errol Spence Jnr.
For well over a year now, I’ve been shouting to anyone who would listen that this fight needs to be made. It did look like it was going to happen when Spence beat Chris Algieri (very convincingly with a fifth-round stoppage) then called out Brook. Now with Brook having a long lay off with injury, then coming back to defend his strap against Kevin Bizier, this looked like a great a fight and at the right time for both. As loud as Spence shouted, the silence from Brook was deafening. Then we had Eddie Hearn say in an interview that: ”No matter how loud Spence shouts for the figh,t behind closed doors him and his people don’t want it and we would have no problem making the fight otherwise.”
Now anyone who has watched Spence over the years knows this is a down right lie; the kid has always looked to challenge himself and move up as fast as possible. As for Kell Brook, he has one world level win against Shawn Porter to his name, which was in August 2014, and although that was great win for Brook it was a close fight – in fact I know a few people who scored it the other way. Brook was supposed to fight Jessie Vargas which would have been fine with me but then we find out Brook never actually signed to fight Vargas in a unification fight, instead he elected to fight Pound-for-Pound superstar GGG at middleweight. Now this was ballsy -as he didn’t really have a chance in the fight- or was it? Brook went into that fight knowing no matter what, he had a pass and not only that but his IBF title was safe at home where he likes it.
Now onto this week, we finally see Errol Spence Jnr brought up in an interview with Brook as the IBF have ordered him to take the Spence fight next. As it turns out Brook only wants big paydays if he’s to bother making the weight but I can’t imagine he got paid big cash to fight Bizier. The massive stadium fight with Amir Khan is on for the end of the year, but Khan says: “only if he fight Spence first.”
I was once a big Kell Brook fan, right the way up to the Porter fight. I thought Brook might just be in the top three welterweights in the division but as it turns out Brook getting his hands on that IBF title was the worst thing that could have happened for the division, and for his fans. He didn’t want to go on the road to get the big names, like Garcia or Thurman, but he would rather stay in UK and hold the title hostage while becoming an irrelevance. If I am being honest, I cannot see this Brook-Spence fight happening now which is a real shame as it would be a great fight. I can, however, see Brook going up to 154lbs to try his luck.
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