Ezekiel ‘Kell’ Brook is a British professional boxer. He held the IBF welterweight title from 2014 to 2017. He has also challenged for the unified WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles in 2016 and has challenged for WBO welterwood on November 2020.
About Kell Brook in brief
Ezekiel ‘Kell’ Brook is a British professional boxer. He held the IBF welterweight title from 2014 to 2017. He has also challenged for the unified WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles in 2016 and has challenged for WBO welterwood on November 2020. In May 2017, Brook was ranked as the world’s third best active light-middleweight by BoxRec. Brook had his first amateur fight at age 12 under the guidance of Brendan Ingle. At the end of his amateur career, he had won 31 of his 36 fights, winning two Amateur Boxing Association of England titles and two National Association of Boys Clubs British Boxing Championships. He also won a Gold medal in the 4 Nations. Brook’s first fight as a professional took place in September 2004 with a 6-round points victory over experienced journeyman Peter Buckley at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. He would fight again four more times that year with a record of 5–0 in just four months. Brook went about learning his trade against a host of journeymen before getting the opportunity in June 2008 to fight for the British welterweights title. The previous incumbent, Kevin McIntyre, had been stripped of the title after he sustained an injury and had to pull out of his scheduled defence against the Yorkshireman. Brook ended up winning the vacant title with a seventh-round technical knockout of Jones who had come in at relatively short notice. He claimed the Lonsdale belt outright on 20 July 2009 when making his third defence against Prizefighter winner Michael Lomax.
On 25 September 2009, Brook pipped fellow champion Nathan Cleverly for the prestigious title of Young British Boxer of the Year award, as voted for by the Boxing Writer’s Club. In winning the award Brook joined a list of boxers which included the likes of Ken Buchanan, John H Stracey, Barry McGuigan, Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan. After the fight Brook said that he believed he was the best in Britain but couldn’t say for sure until he’s beaten Chorley’s Michael Jennings who he challenged to a match-up. On 18 September 2010, Brook boxed Michael Jennings at the LG Arena in Birmingham. The fight ended in a fifth-round TKO after the latter sustained a cut for the latter’s cut, deeming it too severe for the referee to deem the bout too severe. Brook then went on to win the WBO Inter-Continental title against Poland’s Krzysztof Bienias, a man last beaten by Witter in 2005 and 2005 and with a run of seventeen straight wins. Brook collected his second career world title when the fight was stopped by the referee in the sixth round in the LG arena in Birmingham on 3 July 2010. On 30 January 2009 Brook returned to the York Hall to meet former marine Stuart Elwell in a voluntary second defence. The fight again ended in the second round, handing victory to Brook.