Kell Brook: A Career of Frustration
Despite winning the IBF welterweight title, much of Kell Brook’s career has been one of frustration. While a world title doesn’t carry the meaning it once did, it still carries weight, but for Brook, he could and should have achieved more.
Periods of inactivity, title defences which meant very little and poor discipline have limited the success of the Sheffield fighter. Frustrations of not getting the ‘big’ fights he craved especially the big domestic clash with Amir Khan, forced Brook into taking a fight with the feared Gennady Golovkin. While Brook performed more than adequately before the eye injury finished his night, it was a fight with the benefit of hindsight he should have avoided.
Brook suffered his second straight loss when Errol Spence Jr relieved him of his IBF title before he got his career going again in March against Sergey Rabchenko before injury again derailed the momentum.
The defeats to Golovkin and Spence Jr proved what a quality fighter Brook really is, the eye injuries arguably robbed us of a definitive conclusion to both fights.
Now 32, Brook returns this evening in Sheffield against Michael Zerafa, a fight which is more about getting back into the fold rather than being any sort of meaningful test. Eddie Hearn talks about Brook being reborn and rededicated but one more defeat will surely mean the end.
Amir Khan with one fight left on his contract with Hearn has been offered a fight with Terrence Crawford, a fight with Brook seems destined never to happen. I’ve always said Khan has never fancied the fight with Brook, he always seems to chase fights he can’t get when there is a fight on his own doorstep that’s there for the taking. If as seems likely Khan takes a fight with Crawford, a fight he can’t win, for less money than for a fight with Brook, a fight he has at least some chance of winning, all the bravado from Khan wanting the fight with Brook will not be taken seriously again.
Brook now in the twilight of his career needs to move on, a decision on what weight to fight at needs to be made. Much of Brook’s problems making 147 are as a result of not living the fighters life, ballooning in weight in between fights. If Brook has corrected the problems of maintaining his weight then welterweight is where he should stay.
Problems with depression, eye operations and injuries have restricted Brook to just 3 fights in the last two years and time is running out. A win tonight seems a mere formality for Brook, but where he goes after that is less certain.