feature Monday, 28 October 2013

Kell Brook: on Amir Khan, Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather

Kell Brook tells Danny Flexen about stopping Vyacheslav Senchenko and more

CONGRATULATIONS Kell, a career-best victory for you on Saturday. You won the first three rounds, dropping Senchenko in the third; were you surprised by how quickly you got on top?
No, not really. I made a statement, done what no one had done. I’ve been working hard in the gym and I know whoever gets in with me, I’m going to rise to the occasion. I was finding my range early, people were saying about him being tall and long but my timing was good, I was picking my moments and I took it in my stride

When you decked him heavily in the third, did you think the referee should have stopped it?
Not at all, he’s an ex-world champion and I could see he were still okay to fight. He’s been there, done that and never been legitimately stopped. Guys like that – he recovered quick – I know how dangerous they can be and you can’t run in; I didn’t think he was finished.

What do you remember of the hard right hand you got hit with in the fourth?
I remember I got caught, I’d got a bit complacent, but as soon as I got hit I looked straight back at him, got composed. I knew where he was and that he was gonna pay for what he’d done. He’s not the strongest puncher I’ve been in with but the timing were there obviously. But I knew where I were and I regrouped.

You ended matters soon after in the same round with a right of your own. Was it one of the best blows you’ve ever landed?
I’m not sure. It was on the button, in the right place, timed nicely and it felt sweet. As soon as it landed I knew it were good. That was a massive statement, he weren’t on dodgy legs when Paulie Malignaggi stopped him on an injured eye. Even when the ref were counting, he had his hands down, his legs were wobbling and he was obviously not fit to continue. I beat him in style, in four rounds, his only loss was on a bad eye and he is an ex-world champion. It shows where I am.

Post-fight, your promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned possible bouts with Devon Alexander – the IBF champion for whom you are the mandatory challenger –  Amir Khan or Adrien Broner next. Do you have a preference and what do you think of each potential contest?
I’ve got unfinished business with Alexander but I’m also excited about the other twp; they all really excite me. It’s hard to pick a favourite.

I’d prefer to fight in Britain for the fans but I don’t mind going to America for the big fights. I’d prefer Britain though, especially for a Khan fight. I’ve proved that I’m a force to be reckoned with. Khan wanted Senchenko I think and I dealt with him like no other. The bad blood with Khan is an attraction, I think it would sell big, it’s been going on a while between me and Khan and I need to put that to bed.

Broner’s had one fight at welterweight and didn’t look that special. His fight with Marcos Maidana in December could be difficult. Maidana is a heavy puncher, it’s an interesting fight.

Alexander had a straightforward defence in December, I don’t think Shawn Porter will trouble him.

Do you see beating Broner – who is on some pound-for-pound lists – as the gateway to massive fights with the likes of Floyd Mayweather?
To be honest I don’t look that far ahead but if beating him gets me Mayweather, great. Those are the names that get me to train hard and I just want those sort of opportunities. I don’t want to leave this sport without getting in there with the best, the Manny Pacquiaos, the Juan Manuel Marquezs. I want those big fights.


Author : Danny Flexen


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