After the gruelling months of training and self-sacrifice, Kell Brook had promised himself a T-bone steak once he’d polished off Kevin Bizier.
And nobody would begrudge him that, after making mincemeat of an opponent who had never tasted the canvas before. But Brook will know he’s savoured only the hors-d’oeuvre. The main course, irritatingly, remains locked on a menu of choices which have so far seemed out of his promotional team’s price range or not available on the night.
Sheffield’s IBF welterweight title holder could have done nothing more than end the dreams of Bizier, the unremarkable Fighting Pride of Quebec City, in two minutes 15 seconds of the second round.
He knew he’d win and had told me that he’d want to know the name of a high-profile next opponent once he finished him off. Instead, we had the familiar if vague promises of Eddie Hearn, who continues to wrestle with the fact not many want to fight the British powerhouse.
Brook’s camp trot out the same names as usual: Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, Jessie Vargas or Danny García. And Hearn mentioned July and Bramall Lane. But so far nothing appears directly on the horizon for a fighter who has annihilated his last three opponents in IBF defences. Brook continues to have ‘itchy knuckles’ and is slavering to get his mitts on somebody history-defining.
On Saturday, at Sheffield Arena, Brook soon wobbled Canada’s best 147-pounder, whose face soon began to mark up. After the break, every shot the Arena-favourite threw seemed to hurt the French Canadian, whose game plan, laughingly, had been to “apply constant pressure.” A big right hand sent Bizier down the ropes; his fate sealed.
Bizier had promised he’d “fight as if it is my last contest”. At this level, it probably was.
There were other dominating wins: Birley Bomber Adam Etches overcame unpredictable Hungarian Zoltan Sera in four rounds. Sera, too, was a bloody mess by round two. Barnsley Andy Townend provided the upper-cut of the night in a first round KO of Craig Poxton, who was challenging for the English super featherweight title. Townend did everything right...barring swearing on live TV!
The most ridiculous spectacle of the night was American spoiler Jason Gavern attempting to continually grab and hold Conisbrough’s David Allen, 24. Gavern, 38, spent the four rounds, trying to influence the ref, shouting “Wooooooo” every couple of minutes and baiting this opponent and even the crowd. Suddenly the veteran ran out of steam and retired on his stool after four rounds.