Boxing: Happy New Year as Kell Brook looks to world title shot

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This year has been an amazing one for Kell Brook but 2012 is set to be even better.

The Sheffield boxer who goes by the name of ‘Special K’ looks ready to launch his bid for a world title shot after his classy debut in America.

Brook has beaten the best that Britain and Europe has to offer in the welterweight category but knew he needed to go Stateside to make it into the big time.

He ‘introduced’ himself with a comprehensive fifth round stoppage of Puerto Rican Luis Galarza in Atlantic City last Saturday as one of the main supports on the Andrew Ward v Carl froch bill. Afterwards manager Eddie Hearn said Brook would ‘100 per cent fight for a world title next year.’

“The fight was really important for the development of Kell; it’s been a great year for him,” he added.

Brook had hurt Galarza in the opening round and rocked him with some heavy right hands in the third. He lasted until the fifth when Kell exploded with six super shots, the fifth a savage right hook, which prompted referee Allan Huggins to step in.

“This was a learning curve,” said Brook. “The whole week was a test to see how I get on over here. I was nervous about how my body would ract to the travelling and so on but I passed that with flying colours.

“Luis had a go and stayed there until the end but this was his world title fight and he wasn’t going to go easy.

“I’ve always boxed in Britain so to have been here on a massive show is a great feeling and I’m ready to come here again and again.

“Boxing fans from around the world have seen a good performance from me but I can, and will, be giving them more in 2012.

“There is no rush to go for a world title, it’s about being brought on at the right pace and I trust Eddie Hearn and the team to get me there in the right way. It’s only a matter of time but I’m not panicking.”

A showdown against Amir Khan looks unlikely at the moment with Khan now keen to regain his world titles at light-welterweight. The IBF looks the most likely route as champion Andre Berto defends his title against Victor Ortiz in February and Brook could face the winner.