Home sweet home for Kell Brook and Sheffield boxing’s man of the moment wants more of the same.
Boxing in his home city for the first time in six years, Brook stepped up to the challenge with an impressive points win over former IBF world champion Lovemore N’Dou.
The victory at Hillsborough Leisure Centre brought him the vacant WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title but bigger things are surely on the way for the 25-year-old seen by many as a possible world title contender.
Brook had hoped to inflict the first KO of N’Dou but in the end he was equally happy to have completed his first 12 round fight.
He said: “Not knocking him out doesn’t matter, 12 rounds is good for my CV against an opponent no one has come close to stopping. I have never done 12 rounds before and I was holding back. There are things that we need to work on but overall it was a good performance. It was an amazing atmosphere. The crowd got behind me and I’d definitely want to fight here again.”
It was Brook’s 24 straight win of a career which started at Don Valley Stadium in 2004 and just the boost the city needed after recent defeats for Ryan Rhodes and Junior Whitter.
Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers easily beat Belgian Ismail Abdoul on points over 12 rounds.