Kell Brook vs Mark Deluca Preview
By Scott Milner
Kell Brook returns to action on Saturday night as he looks to get his career back on track after 14 months out of the ring.
The Sheffield man headlines the event in his home town where he hopes to claim the WBO Inter-continental super-welterweight title having already held the welterweight version 10 years ago when he takes on the American Mark Deluca.
The 33 year old Brit is a heavy favourite with the bookmakers and is fully expected to make it 39 victories from 41 fights but whilst he hasn’t boxed at quite as high of a level as Brook, his opponent has a good record (24-1) including twice being crowned the American super-welterweight champion, and is ranked 7th in the world.
While Brook is looking to rejuvenate his career boldly stating:
“If I get beaten by Deluca, I’ll announce my retirement in the ring.”
DeLuca 31, will have his sights set on spoiling the party and upsetting the odds and also announcing himself on the big stage.
The card also sees a return to action for Brook’s stablemate Kid Galahad (26-1) who looks to get back to winning ways after a closely fought loss to world IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington last June in Leeds.
It was a close encounter that Galahad believed he had won but the judges had a different view and seemingly preferred the work rate and forward pressing of the Leeds man, who finished the stronger the fighter which probably swung the fight in his favour.
Galahad takes on Claudio Marrero (24-3) in a final eliminator for the IBF featherweight world championship in what looks another tricky encounter.
Marrero is a former WBA Interim featherweight champion and is ranked as high as number 5 with the IBF but a win for the Ingle trained fighter would put him in a far better position to try and force the rematch with Warrington, a fight Galahad sees as unfinished business.
Terri Harper (9-0) is a woman on a mission and manager Steffy Bull can’t speak highly enough of her talent. She gets her chance on Saturday night to etch her name on to many people’s minds in front of a big audience by adding the WBC super-featherweight strap to the IBO title that she already holds when she takes on Eva Wahlstrom (23-1-2).
The 39 year old Finn has boxed at an extremely high level, previously holding the WBC title for 3 years before running into Irish sensation Katie Taylor.
While Taylor won comfortably, Wahlstrom did take her the distance. This coupled with the experience she carries will certainly provide a test for Harper, but a win would make a big statement and show people that she’s here to stay and mix it at the top level.
Crowd favourite Dave Allen (17-5-2) is back under the lights for the first time since his crushing defeat to Liverpool’s hard hitting heavyweight David Price last year.
The Doncaster man who is known for his sense of humour and wearing his heart on his sleeve will take on Dorian Darch (12-11) over 6 rounds in a bid to work his way back into a challenging position for the British title, currently held by the extremely heavy handed Daniel Dubois, who will in all probability depart the domestic scene as he moves further up the world scene.
Allen had put a good run together before bumping into quite possibly a career best performance from Price, but with a heavyweight division that moves so quickly he is only probably 1 or 2 fights away from challenging for the title he has always craved.
This card promises to be exciting and also features Martin J Ward vs Jesus Amporan, Sheffield born Anthony Tomlinson and rising star John Docherty.