Opinion | Feb 09 2020

The BN Verdict – Kell Brook returns a ‘new man’ but can he be a better fighter at the of age 33?

Mark De Luca cannot provide the answers we need from Kell Brook but better opponents will, writes Ron Lewis

KELL BROOK vows that he is a new man. The old one, the one who had to be kidded into turning up for training, is gone. The new one is ready to seize any opportunity still open to him.

Brook’s win over Mark DeLuca in Sheffield on Saturday, a seventh round KO, went as predicted. The former US Marine was brave, took wave after wave of Brook onslaught, but was far too limited to really threaten the former IBF welterweight champion. The step up to a world title shot from this is a large one.

“I’m after belts,” Brook said at the post-fight press conference. “I was very fit, I feel complete, like this is me. I’ve got the fire in my belly and I want to become a two-time world champion this year.”