Brook pummels Dan to retain title
- Updated: March 29, 2015
Welterweight titlist Kell Brook successfully defended his IBF title last night in Sheffield, England with a fourth-round TKO over an overmatched Jo Jo Dan.
Brook, who was making his first title defense and long awaited return to the ring, after being victim of a stabbing while on vacation after dethroning Shawn Porter, was all business and on point.
Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) started off strong, as he landed his right hand almost at will against a sloppy and off-balance Dan. In the early part of the second round, Dan (34-3, 18 KOs) was stunned by a straight right hand, and a follow-up combination from Brook put him on the canvas. Moments after getting to his feat, Dan was floored again after another straight right hand.
Brook continued looking sharp, particularly with the straight right and left uppercuts and after another dominating third round, Brook dropped Dan for a third time in the fourth round. Brook couldn’t miss with the right hand, but it was a left hook that sent Dan down for the fourth time.
In between rounds, Dan’s corner had decided that he had taken enough punishment and decided to throw in the towel, giving Brook the TKO win.
Said Brook after the win, “I’m back, baby!”
“It was truly amazing to walk out in front of all my fans. I didn’t think I would ever walk again, much less box again. Here I am filling arenas. I can’t put into words how much it means to be back and defending a world title. It means everything to me.”
Now with his return to the ring in the rear-view mirror, Brook is now hoping for the UK showdown he was aiming for before the injury – a meeting with fellow Englishman Amir Khan.
“If you’re watching Amir Khan, then get in here with me. I know you’re delicate around the whiskers. I’ll take you out.’’