Sheffield, England’s proud son Kell Brook (37–2–0, 26KO) returns to action to take on Michael Zerafa (25–2–0, 14KO) in front of his usual Sheffield Arena crowd.
Kell Brook (nicknamed ‘Special K’), is one interesting case, a man blessed with worldly talents showcased at Welterweight, and at brief stints at 2 heavier weight classes…who at one point in time was on the short-list of the most avoided fighters in the sport. Touted by many as being the best Welterweight during his reign, he became increasingly impatient due to not getting the fights he coveted.
In a gutsy move by him and his team, one that backfired, and may ultimately regret doing to this present day, Kell decided to jump up a couple divisions to face the most dangerous opponent in the sport at the time against Middleweight Gennady Golovkin, where he fought valiantly , but suffered an orbital bone injury that did him in, losing the fight via TKO.
Coming back down to Welterweight, he faced another elite, yet comparatively avoided fighter in Errol Spence Jr., which resulted in a closely contested fight, up until Errol succeeded in breaking Brook’s OTHER orbital bone and inflicting an inordinate amount of punishment to that eye before Brook phoned it in by taking a knee, bowing out and losing his title, making Errol Spence the new IBF Welterweight Champion.
Upon taking a hit respect-wise from pundits questioning his heart, his physical condition becoming a concern, and having a jumbled outlook on his options available to him at this current time, his name has vanished from the limelight, despite still being an excellent fighter who has retained all his skills from his glory days. His outlook to get back to the big stage starts now, and the 1st step is an impressive showing on Saturday, December 8th.
This is Zerafa’s second opportunity in stepping up in class, as he previously lost to Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin, and he would love to have no better situation than to reverse his fortunate this go-around. Tune into DAZN to catch this fight, and its overall fight-card.