Kell Brook has a record to be proud of, He established himself as one of Britain’s finest pound-for-pound boxers. Injuries have continuously hampered the Sheffield man’s career progression, but he managed to make a strong comeback every time. In today’s piece, we will take a closer look at the career and life of the former IBF welterweight champion.
Kell Brook Record
|39 (27 Knock Outs)||3 (3 Ko’s)||0|
After stepping into the ring as a professional for the first time in 2004, Brook had enjoyed an undefeated run of 12 years. In 2016, Kell Brook loss to Gennady Golovkin who had defeated the Special One for the first time.
After suffering a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Kazakhstani boxer, Brook had another setback in the fight that followed. Errol Spence Jr. won against Brook and stripped him off of the IBF welterweight title.
After the frustration of two back to back defeats in 2016 and 2017, Kell Brook saw a resurgence in 2018. That year, he had won against Belarusian fighter Sergey Rabchenko and Aussie fighter Michael Zerafa.
The victory against Rabchenko was especially important to Brook. After the 37-2 win, he had laid his claim on the vacant WBC Silver light-middleweight title. After the Zerafa bout, he decided to take a break and didn’t fight until 2020.
His triumphant 2020 return also earned him the honour of becoming the WBO Inter-Continental light-middleweight champion.
Currently, Kell Brook record shows that he has won 39 of his 41 fights and has lost only twice. One of those two defeats came, when he mounted a combined challenge for WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight championship belts.
But, The Triple G thwarted the Britton’s ambitions and condemned him to a demoralizing defeat at the O2 Arena showdown.
27 of Kell Brook’s 39 wins have come from knockouts. The latest of those came in his comeback fight against Mark DeLuca in February 2020.
Brook was the holder of the IBF welterweight title from 2014 to 2017. At the domestic circuit, he retained the British welterweight title from 2008 to 2010. In the May 2017 issue of the Ring Magazine, Kell Brook topped the global active welterweight rankings.
Meaning, the Ring Magazine announced him as the best welterweight fighter of the planet, at that moment.
Brook had his first amateur bout when he was only 12 years old. He picked up the boxing gloves under the supervision of famous trainer Brendan Ingle. Ingle, who had passed away in 2018, had nurtured four future world champions, including Brook.
Before making his transition to professional boxing, Brook had fought in 36 amateur matches, winning all but five of them. He had won the Amateur Boxing Association of England title twice.
On top of that, he had won two National Association of Boys Clubs British Boxing Championships and a 4 Nation’s Tournament champion’s medal.
Kell Brook shaped his fighting style in the mould of Naseem Hammed. Hameed, who was named as Britain’s best featherweight boxer of all time by BoxRec, used to train under Ingle and shared the same Wyncobank gym with Brook.
Kell Brook BoxRec
As of writing, Kell Brook occupied the number 3 spot on BoxRec’s active light middleweight rankings.
Best Fights (highlights)
Kell Brook vs. Shawn Porter (16 August 2014)
On the back of a convincing win against Vyacheslav Senchenko, Brook was in the mix for an IBF welterweight title charge again. Shawn Porter, who had recently won the title, was up against Brook to defend his crown.
Brook started as the underdog and had to withstand a spell of early Shawn Porter dominance. Porter came out strong with his loop shots. But, Brook bit the bullet throughout and put on a defensive masterclass to keep himself in the game.
Brook deployed his technical prowess into use and started to grow into the fight. His straightforward one-two combos proved to be an effective tactic against Porter. Finally, Brook had the last laugh.
The final scoreline read:
Brook had 158 successful punches out of 441, maintaining a 36% success rate. The majority of the efforts Brook managed to land on Porter were jabs.
Porter had attempted 308 more power punches than Brook and threw 626 of those in total. However, he only managed to land 25% of those, which amounts to 156 successful attempts.
Porter vented his frustrations at the end of the fight and stressed that Brook had anticipated his attacks. However, he was confident of a future win against Brooks and called him out for a rematch.
Kell Brook Losses
In his 41-bout boxing career, Kell Brook had only tasted the sour taste of defeat twice. The losses came in successive fights (37 and 38) against Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr.
Golovkin and Brook fought each other on September 10, 2016. Both fighters were undefeated in their respective careers, meaning one of the two were destined to lose their invincibility.
After giving up his unbeaten record against Golovkin, Brook suffered another loss in the very next fight. On May 27, 2017, Errol Spencer Jr. beat Brook to claim the IBF welterweight championship.
Kell Brook vs. Sergey Rabchenko (3 March 2018)
Promoter Eddie Hearn announced in December 2017 that Kell Brook is ready to fight again after two successive defeats. And this time, he will have to overcome a former European champion in Sergey Rabchenko.
Rabchenko himself was in pursuit of lost glory. Winning the fight against Brook would have granted him the WBC Silver super-welterweight belt, a title he had previously won. Recording wins in both of his previous fights, he had every reason to be confident.
Brook, on the contrary, was in unchartered territory. After having an invincible career for over a decade, he faced defeat two times in a row. Another unfavourable result would have blown a substantial knock to his boxing future.
But, Brooks succeeded in returning to winning ways, and he did it in style. He didn’t have to wait for more than the second round to overpower Rabchenko and win the WBC Silver super-welterweight title in the process.
Brook started the proceedings with his powerful right arm jabs and forced his Belarusian opponent to retreat on the back foot. Brook’s right hand continued to haunt Rabchenko, as an uppercut greeted him in the second half.
Rabchenko was struggling to get back on his feet. When he did stand up, he received another strong punch in the hand. This ultimately decided the fate of the contest.
Kell Brook vs. Kevin Bizier (26 March 2016)
Kell Brook was originally scheduled to take on Diego Chaves on October 24, 2015. But, the fight couldn’t take place in time as the reigning IBF welterweight champion sustained a horrible rib injury.
After recuperating, Brook made his return on the ring on March 26, 2016. It had been nearly a year since Brook had fought competitively. Now, he was confronting the challenge of defending his title.
Kevin Bizier threw in his hat in the ring to challenge Brook for the welterweight championship. The Canadian had achieved the mandatory challenger status after seeing out Fredrick Lawson in Miami the previous year.
However, Bizier couldn’t muster a resistance against Brook past the second round of the bout. Brook unsettled Bizier with a solid punch on his left jaw. A flurry of hooks followed, which further pushed Bizier to the brink of defeat.
After barely surviving the first round, Bizier seemingly gave up his willingness to fight. He was visibly helpless against an agile Brook, who gave out no signs that he was coming off of an injury.
Bizier had no answer to Brook’s second-round combinations. 15 seconds after the clock hit the 2-minute mark, Bizier fell on the canvas for good. It was Brook’s 36th win at a stretch. Up to that point in his career, he had no defeats.
Kell Brook Wife
Kell Brook is married to Lindsey Myers. Lindsey lives a private life and mostly stays away from media attention. However, she does show up regularly in Brook’s fights.
The couple has three children. Their first daughter Nevaeh was born in 2012. In 2015, Nevaeh greeted her younger sister Estelle. In 2019, Kell and Lindsey celebrated the arrival of their youngest daughter Vienna.
Kell Brook Parents
If you google ‘’Kell Brook father’’ or “Kell Brook Dad”, the name of Terry Thompson would pop up. But, Thompson is not his biological father. His original father is of Jamaican origin, whom Brooks never met in person. Kell Brook’s mother Julie Thompson later married Terry and took his surname.
Kell Brook had taken a break from boxing citing his need to recoup his love for the game. His demolishing win against Mark DeLuca suggests that he is indeed back on high spirits.
Will he finally get his much-desired fight against Amir Khan in the coming years? We will have to wait and see.