On the Lomachenko-Lopez broadcast final evening on ESPN, High Rank introduced one other massive combat simply 4 weeks away. Terence Crawford will defend his WBO Welterweight title towards Britain’s Kell Brook on common ESPN. That is one other High Rank mega-clash that might have landed on Pay-per-view however now lands on free-to-air tv.
Though this can be a good combat on paper, the query right here is how aggressive will this combat actually be? Brook has not boxed at 147 since his stoppage defeat to Errol Spence. In that combat, Brook visibly struggled to make the restrict and now 3 years on it is going to be even more durable for Brook to have the ability to make that weight. How a lot will this have an effect on the Brit’s efficiency on November 14?
Within the Co-main occasion Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney rematch for the WBA (Common) Tremendous-flyweight world title that Franco gained off Maloney in an upset in June at The Bubble on the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Contemplating this present is on common ESPN, this can be a surprisingly good chief help as it’s uncommon to have world title fights on non-PPV ESPN undercards.
Crawford Brook: WBO Welterweight Title
The 33-year previous Crawford is 36-0 and one of many pound-for-pound greatest on the planet. He’s a 3-weight world champion having been undisputed at 140 kilos. He has gained 27 of his 36 fights to this point by knockout and can look so as to add one other KO to his file towards Brook.
Brook is the previous IBF World champion and challenged for Gennady Golovkin’s unified Middleweight belts in 2016. His career-best win was on away soil towards Shawn Porter the place he claimed the belt 6 years in the past and has solely had one notable win since; towards fellow Brit Frankie Gavin.
Crawford boxed twice in 2019 towards his WBO obligatory Egidijus Kavaliauskas on Heisman evening and earlier within the 12 months towards Amir Khan in April. Each got here at Madison Sq. Backyard, though Khan was on ESPN PPV which was purchased by roughly 150,000 individuals. Brook had a warm-up combat earlier in 2020 the place he scored a devastating knockout with a Jab on the Sheffield Area towards Mark DeLuca.
Kell Brook realises that this can probably be his last alternative to impress on the elite stage and to win a world title. He has been coaching all through lockdown and is assured that he’ll show a career-best efficiency in November. Brook has clarified that he has not made the identical mistake he normally does and has began preparation and coaching properly earlier than a confirmed combat date.
if Brook have been to place up an excellent combat and lose towards Crawford, he would have 3 choices left. A mega-UK PPV conflict towards Amir Khan which has been within the making for over 5 years and can be a really evenly matched contest. Khan additionally got here brief towards Crawford; being stopped within the sixth spherical.
Aside from this he may go on to problem for a world title or field in a title eliminator at 154 kilos; a weight which is considerably simpler for him to make and field properly at. The third and last choice can be for him to retire; if Brook have been to lose he would have challenged one of the best fighters round his weight and gave it all the pieces he has and will go away happy together with his profession.