Kell Brook won the IBF welterweight crown with a deserved majority decision victory over Shawn Porter in Carson, California.
The Sheffield man, 28, immediately targeted Bolton star Amir Khan, a long-term target.
Porter made an aggressive start but Brook was always in the fight, jabbed well and enjoyed clearer moments of success.
“I looked scrappy but did what I had to do,” said Brook, who was cut by the left eye in round two.
Porter’s right eye was cut after a sixth-round head clash and it continued to leak blood as the fight progressed. Porter kept lunging in, hoping to land power shots, but Brook’s work was more composed and smarter. The scores were 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112 for Brook.
“I’ve travelled, the underdog, come over here and taken it off him in his backyard. I always do it.”
Brook then said he hoped for fights with Keith Thurman and Floyd Mayweather. “I was born to do this.”
“I think Amir Khan can get in the queue now. I’m the top dog in England. Everyone in England thought I’d get knocked out by Shawn Porter I came over here and best him.”
Anthony Dirrell outscored Sakio Bika to take the WBC super-middleweight champion, Omar Figueroa took nine rounds to dispatch Daniel Estrada for the WBC lightweight title while heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder took four rounds to stop Jason Gavern.
Jorge Linares too two rounds to beat Ira Terry.
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