BOXING: A Kell of a statement

Final Elminator for the IBF Welterweight World Championship'Kell Brook vs Hector Saldivia'Kell Celebrates
Final Elminator for the IBF Welterweight World Championship'Kell Brook vs Hector Saldivia'Kell Celebrates
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Retired warrior Ryan Rhodes has called for American fighter Devon Alexander to come over here and show he is better than Kell Brook.

Rhodes watched as welterweight Brook dismantled Argentine Hector Saldivia in three rounds on the same night that Alexander beat the ageing Randall Bailey in front of half as many people to win the IBF crown.

Brook is now the No1 contender to face Saint Louis’ Alexander but the American has stated that he isn’t familiar with who Brook is and that maybe he could be used “as a tune up” opponent.

Such arrogance does not impress former world title challenger Rhodes.

He said: “Why should Kell have to go over to America to fight him? Kell is just as big a name over here as Devon is over there and he won a world title in front of about four thousand people.

“There was double that just watching Kell in an eliminator and he looked devastating.”

Rhodes checked in with Brook throughout the training camp and was not shocked at the manner of victory.

“Whenever I spoke with Kell he was either just going to the gym or coming out of it, even on weekends which he tended to have off and I knew then that it was a very good sign,” he said.

“I’ve been around Kell a long time and he always been capable of doing that to tough, good fighters. He’s the sort of fighter who can make a mockery of ratings with one punch.

“He needed to make a statement and by hell he made one.”

The next Sheffield show is at iceSheffield on November 9 whilst Hennessy Sports will promote a bill at the Octagon Centre on December 15 and Ingle-trained heavyweight Richard Towers will fight Australian Lucas Browne in a Commonwealth title eliminator in Hong Kong in December.