On the Lomachenko-Lopez broadcast last night on ESPN, Top Rank announced another big fight just 4 weeks away. Terence Crawford will defend his WBO Welterweight title against Britain’s Kell Brook on regular ESPN. This is another Top Rank mega-clash that could have landed on Pay-per-view but now lands on free-to-air television.
Although this is a good fight on paper, the question here is how competitive will this fight really be? Brook has not boxed at 147 since his stoppage defeat to Errol Spence. In that fight, Brook visibly struggled to make the limit and now 3 years on it will be even harder for Brook to be able to make that weight. How much will this affect the Brit’s performance on November 14?
In the Co-main event Joshua Franco and Andrew Maloney rematch for the WBA (Regular) Super-flyweight world title that Franco won off Maloney in an upset in June at The Bubble at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Considering this show is on regular ESPN, this is a surprisingly good chief support as it is rare to have world title fights on non-PPV ESPN undercards.
Crawford Brook: WBO Welterweight Title
The 33-year old Crawford is 36-0 and one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. He is a 3-weight world champion having been undisputed at 140 pounds. He has won 27 of his 36 fights to date by knockout and will look to add another KO to his record against Brook.
Brook is the former IBF World champion and challenged for Gennady Golovkin’s unified Middleweight belts in 2016. His career-best win was on away soil against Shawn Porter where he claimed the belt 6 years ago and has only had one notable win since; against fellow Brit Frankie Gavin.
Crawford boxed twice in 2019 against his WBO mandatory Egidijus Kavaliauskas on Heisman night and earlier in the year against Amir Khan in April. Both came at Madison Square Garden, although Khan was on ESPN PPV which was bought by approximately 150,000 people. Brook had a warm-up fight earlier in 2020 where he scored a devastating knockout with a Jab at the Sheffield Arena against Mark DeLuca.
Kell Brook realises that this will most likely be his final opportunity to impress at the elite level and to win a world title. He has been training throughout lockdown and is confident that he will display a career-best performance in November. Brook has clarified that he has not made the same mistake he usually does and has started preparation and training well before a confirmed fight date.
if Brook were to put up a good fight and lose against Crawford, he would have 3 options left. A mega-UK PPV clash against Amir Khan which has been in the making for over 5 years and would be a very evenly matched contest. Khan also came short against Crawford; being stopped in the 6th round.
Other than this he could go on to challenge for a world title or box in a title eliminator at 154 pounds; a weight which is significantly easier for him to make and box well at. The third and final option would be for him to retire; if Brook were to lose he would have challenged the best fighters around his weight and gave it everything he has and could go away satisfied with his career.