Tonight Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against mandatory challenger, Canadian Kevin Bizier at the Sheffield Arena. Brook (35-0-0) will make his third defence of the belt he took from Shawn Porter in 2014 against a relatively unknown opponent in Kevin Bizier (25-2-0).
‘The Special One’ has been continuously frustrated with the lack of big names willing to fight the current IBF champion with, as we all know, Amir Khan constantly ducking out of possibly arranging a bout between the 2 Brits despite a big pay day and a world title on the line. Brook is now looking past Khan as the former light-welterweight champion has opted to move up in weight to take on Saul Alvarez.
Eddie Hearn has mentioned a possible fight with the winner of Manny Pacquiao v Timothy Bradley despite neither being current title holders, whilst pundits are suggesting Brook and WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who beat Khan, should both share a ring.
Despite Brook’s continuous frustrations and the big names being talked about as possible future opponents, he must not look past Bizier who will hope to be a potential banana skin in The Special One’s plans.
“Kell is a great fighter, he’s the complete package. He’s fast, strong, he punches hard, he’s got good ring IQ, but we’re coming here with a game plan and I am confident that I can take his title.” – Kevin Bizier
Little is known about Bizier if you’re not really deeply into boxing as he has hardly set the world alight losing 2 of his 27 bouts, both times against one of Kell’s previous challengers Jo Jo Dan, who won via split decision on both occasions. Dan’s team threw in the towel against a dominant Brook in just the 4th round, which makes Bizier’s chances look bleak to say the least. However, don’t expect Brook to get the k.o early on as it remains to be seen whether he is solely focussed on beating Bizier or if he has his eye on future opponents.
Brook is one of my favourite boxers due to being well rounded in all aspects of his game, he is confident and he is a current world champion boasting an exceptional 35-0 record. I hope he can remain focussed on getting the job done tonight and moving on quickly to discussing potential fights against bigger names or other title holders in the welterweight division. I think Brook will Win by K.O in the 6th.