Not many have had the fortitude and as a result received the punishment recent run as Kell Brook. He jumped two divisions to challenge destructive middleweight puncher Gennady Golovkin. The Kazakh halted him in five rounds. Brook returned to welterweight only to lose his IBF world title to heavily avoided Errol Spence. Brook fractured his eye socket, he also fractured his eye socket against GGG only on the opposite side. Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed plans for Brook’s comeback. “He’s back training”
Hearn revealed on the popular podcast Tha Boxing Voice that Kell Brook was going to by coming back at 154 and would be getting a bit of a soft touch. Brook certainly deserves that softer touch after fighting a monster at 160 and the most avoided man at 147 who might just be the most avoided man in all of boxing. Hearn was reluctant to name an opponent but suggested that guys like Tony Harrison was even a bit more that he wanted to start him off with.
Brook is a highly skilled boxer-puncher who in my estimation made a bad decision in jumping up in weight to fight a huge puncher in GGG. It was a damaging fight, that stylistically he is in a tough spot to win. It was a fight for greatness and it back fired on Special K. Then going right back down to 147 and fighting the most avoided man at that size in Errol Spence and out boxing him pretty badly for the first five rounds until Spence broke him down. No excuses, Spence is ferocious and executed what he set out to do, but it was clear that Brook wasn’t that same and was over protective of his eye and then his other eye. That is what one of the toughest eight month tours in recent boxing history.
The Brook comeback is most likely set to begin in March. The rest and the easing Brook into 154 is probably exactly what he needs. Hearn is probably handling this exactly right. He can bring Brook back into the ring against a guy like Liam Williams or a guy like Brian Rose would be a good option too. Keep him away from the real big hitters, let him get his sea legs back a bit. Then maybe Hearn have him step up with a guy like a Tony Harrison or me personally would like to see him fight another come-backing big name in Anotnio Margito who is coming off a decision over Carson Jones, because I and others like to see Margarito get beat up. If Brook can win those two fights establish himself and look good at the weight he can move himself into position to fight for a strap. The problem is left the hyper competitive 147 pound division to go to the equally competitive 154 pound division.
Special K does a lot of things really well, he uses the ring really well, his jab and lead rights are solid. He isn’t slow actually his speed at 154 should translate well. He wont be a big puncher at 54 but he will have enough snap that you cant just walk in the front door against him either. How will all this stack him up in the very stacked 154 pound divison right now only time can tell. Currently, Hearn has a tune up and probably an all UK show down, money fight with Amir Khan on his 2018 docket, that’s probably really good for Brook. Win those two fights and he might just be ready J Rock or Jarrett Hurd. The leaders in the Jr Middleweight clubhouse Erislandy Lara and Jermell Charlo are both major stylistically challenges for the special on, can he reach that level? Only time can tell. But at just 31 Brook has the talent, and the promoter to get him back to that level.