Slapped down by big-hitting Terence Crawford who doubts his credentials… Kell Brook could pull off a huge upset if the self-belief of the pound for pound champion spills over
- The war of words between Kell Brook and Terence Crawford is now heating up
- Crawford has won all his 36 fights, 27 by knock-out including his last seven
- Brook says he will be the biggest welterweight Crawford has ever fought
- Crawford says he’s fighting Brook because plans for bigger fights fell through
Kell Brook has been slapped down by Terence Crawford, with the world’s current No 1 pound-for-pound boxer questioning whether Special K will get up if he knocks him down in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
In response to Brook predicting that he will make Crawford retire on his stool in their world welterweight title bout, the American says: ‘I’m not one to quit in a fight but I can’t say the same about him.’
That is a cutting reference to Brook taking a knee against Errol Spence Jr for the second of two defeats in his career.
Terence Crawford has questioned whether Kell Brook (pictured) will get up if he puts him down
It needs to be said that was also the second time that Sheffield’s finest had suffered a broken eye socket, following similar damage inflicted to the other orbital by the huge-punching Gennady Golovkin.
But Brook did leave himself himself open to that jibe. Crawford has won all his 36 fights, 27 of them by knock out including his last seven outings.
One of those more recent victims was Amir Khan, who Brook has accused of ‘looking for a way out’ of that fight in April 2019.
Crawford has won all his 36 fights, 27 by knock-out including his last seven
Crawford is also questioning Brook’s claim to be ‘making welter-weight easily’ even though his three rebuilding fights since the Spence loss have been at light-middleweight.
Brook insists that at 34 he has stopped ballooning up in poundage between fights and he looks six-pack ripped in his Vegas gym but Crawford says: ‘He’s stated he can make the weight. We shall see on the scales. If not we will have to deal with that when the time comes.’
There is no rehydration clause in the fight contract preventing Brook bulking up between the weigh-in and the fight and Brook says: ‘I will be the biggest welterweight Crawford has ever fought. Too strong for him.’
To which the 33-year-old highly technical switch-hitter with the simple nickname ‘Bud’ replies: ‘If he’s making weight easily he will be a little more dangerous and he’s not a stupid fighter. But then I am careful with all my opponents.’
Brook accused Amir Khan of ‘looking for a way out’ of his fight with Crawford in April 2019
The three-division world champion adds: ‘What I do is make the weight and then go out there to keep proving myself the best boxer in the world.
‘When people look back at my career they will see a kid from Omaha who came from ground up to become the first world champion from the whole state of Nebraska. Then the No 1 pound-for-pound. One of the greats.’
Crawford has one more put-down for his UK challenger, saying he only granted Brook this chance because plans for bigger fights in the past 11 months fell through: ‘I was going to fight Errol Spence but he had his car crash.
‘I was set to fight Keith Thurman but he deliberately priced himself out of having to fight me by demanding ten million dollars. I also wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao.
Crawford is the favourite, though complaceny could see Brook pull of the biggest of upsets
‘They are the big-name, world champion rivals I still want. When it came down to Brook being the only realistic opponent left for a fight I need after almost a year out, my only reaction was that I really didn’t care much.’
If Crawford’s self-belief spills over into complacency, that may offer Brook his best chance of springing one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history.
Liverpool’s WBA super-middleweight champion Callum Smith will be striving for an even greater shock if current negotiations with Mexican idol Canelo Alvarez produce a super-fight in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on December 19.
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