Fans at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane left an excellent night of boxing thoroughly entertained but with mixed emotions, I would imagine.
George Groves fulfilled his lifetime ambition of securing the super middleweight championship at the 4th time of asking.
In the main event, Sheffield’s very own IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook took on number 1 contender undefeated American Errol Spence Jr.
Brook was seeking to wipe away the memories of his brief and ill-fated foray into the middleweight division last September, where he was retired after 5 painful rounds by pound for pound king Gennady Golovkin.
Starting with confidence, Brook looked to take the center ring and get his jab off to good effect.
He showed no obvious wear and tear after shedding the substantial weight gained for Golovkin. In fact, Brook looked sleek and a sharp in the opening rounds. Giving the 27-year-old challenger plenty to think about.
Brook landed time and again with right leads whilst Spence walked forward with his hands held high. Spence was trying to take the fight to Brook, but it was hard work as he looked to work the body.
By the 5th round, the Spence camp was a little happier as their man started to get a foothold. Their tactics started to become evident in what was proving to be a very entertaining all-action contest.
Starting the second half of the fight, Spence’s youth, freshness and obvious natural talent came to the fore. Sensing his destiny, he started to up his work rate.
It became obvious that Brook was now starting to feel the strain from continuous months of pounding his body both on the road and in the gym… the sacrifices needed in playing the ‘weighting game.’
Still, the action continued with both men playing their part in a captivating contest of skill and will.
Brook started to mark up as a swelling appeared to his left eye in the 9th round. Memories awoke of the Golovkin injury.