Sheffield’s champion Kell Brook wants to unify titles

Kell Brook celebrates victory over Kevin Bizier with partner Lindsey Myers after his IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at Sheffield Arena (Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire).
Kell Brook celebrates victory over Kevin Bizier with partner Lindsey Myers after his IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at Sheffield Arena (Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire).
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Kell Brook is eyeing a world title unification fight after demolishing Canada’s Kevin Bizier inside two rounds at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night.

Brook had far too much class for the out-of-depth Bizier as the 29-year old took little over five minutes to dismantle his opponent and retain his IBF World Welterweight crown in front of his adoring home fans.

Bizier was the mandatory challenger for the IBF title but wasn’t ranked in the top 10 by any of the other world boxing organisations and it showed as Brook picked him off at ease.

A solid right rocked Bizier inside the opening 45 seconds and Brook went on to pick his shots at will in a completely one-sided first round.

Bizier briefly attempted to get on the front foot at the start of the second but Brook responded in style, landing two clubbing right hands, which drew blood from the Canadian’s nose.

Bizier was left hopelessly exposed after missing with a wild swing and Brook capitalised in style with another fierce right rocking his opponent back onto his heels.

Brook sensed the stoppage and pounced on Bizier, unleashing a flurry of spiteful punches to send him crashing into the ropes.

Bizier beat the count but Brook charged in with a second wave of attack and the fight was stopped after just two minutes 15 seconds of the second round.

Brook extended his winning record to 36 fights — the longest of any British fighter — but realises he must now face a step up in class against the division’s elite.

Brook said: “I was levels above Bizier but he was my mandatory challenger and I needed to fight him otherwise I would have been stripped of my title.

“I’ve got my mandatory out of the way now, so I want the big fights next.

“I’ve got power that can knock heavyweights out and we have now got to make big fights.

“I’d love that green belt, the WBC, and I’d love a fight with Danny Garcia. I’m world champion and I want to unify the division.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn has the task of making the Garcia fight happen and said: “I want to bring the big fights to Sheffield and perhaps Bramall Lane.

“Kell Brook is a beast. I believe he is the best welterweight in the world but we have got to prove it.

“He needs to prove it against the elite fighters in the world.

“Injuries and setbacks have ruled Kell out, but he has a clean bill of health and we have to land that big fight.”

Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell became the first boxer from Hull to win a major professional title when he defeated Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes to claim the Commonwealth lightweight title on the undercard.

Campbell bounced back from his shock defeat to Yvan Mendy in December to force a second round stoppage against Sykes.

Campbell, under the guidance of new trainer Jorge Rubio, kept Sykes at range with his long southpaw jab in the first round.

Campbell then clipped Sykes at the top of the forehead, wobbling the Dewsbury man and quickly followed up to knock down the former two-time British super featherweight champion.

Although Sykes beat the count, Campbell charged in and unleashed a flurry of punches, pinning Sykes onto the ropes.

Sykes was unable to respond and referee Steve Gray stopped the contest after two minutes 58 seconds.

Campbell said: “I am very proud to have the Commonwealth belt on my shoulder and I beat a very good fighter to do it.

“No one does that to Gary Sykes, he is a warrior and a very tough fighter, but I have done it.

“Gary is a great fighter but I stopped him before he got going.”