Terence Crawford started off slow and stopped Kel Brook in the fourth round Saturday night with punches to retain his welterweight title.
Crawford remained unstoppable and retained his place on the pound-for-pound best list with an impressive halt from the British fighter, who battled well for three rounds, bowing to Crawford’s power.
Crawford swung the fight with a big right hand that sent Brooke to the ropes and prompted referee Tony Weeks to give him an eight-count. When the fight resumed, he beheaded a half-dozen punches, before the Vicks fought close at 1:14 of the fourth round.
“Kel is a tremendous talent, I can’t take anything away from him,” said Crawford. “But he lost to a better man tonight.”
Brooke said he felt he was controlling the fight when he collided with the punch that sent him across the ring. Brooke said, “Never in my career has anyone done this.
Crawford, who made his 28th knockout run to a 37–0 record, took his time early to locate Brooks, who used his jab and pace to win in the opening round. After switching to Southpaw from a conservative stance, he began to descend at an improved pace before the right hook at the start of the fourth round, which sent Brooke (39–3) across the ring.
The British challenger was held upright by the ropes, but when the fight resumed, he was unable to defend himself as Crawford tried to punch Punks before stopping Vicks. In figures for Fight, Crawford showed 36 of 111 punches to 109 in 26 for Brooke. It was the eighth straight title for Crawford.
Crawford said after the fight that he wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao next, a fight that was in conversation before Crawford turned to Brooke instead. “I’m looking to secure a Pacquiao fight,” said the Nebraska fighter. Promoter Bob Arum said that he has negotiated to match Crackford with Pachakuio, with a possible fight in the Middle East sometime in the spring.
The fight had a strange ending in a title match Joshua Franco And Andrew Moloney, A rematch of their first fight in June.
Franco’s eyes were ruled by an accidental head butt in the first round of the 12-round bout. After ringside the Doctor did not consider Franco’s rule at the end of the second round because his eye was closed, the fight was called No Contest, which means that Franco retains the belt.
in London, Katie Taylor Brutal to a unanimous decision victory over Spain Mary Gutiérrez To remain the undisputed women’s world light champion.
The 34-year-old Irishwoman carded and performed brilliantly at the Wembley Arena in the last of three Women’s World Title matches, deserving top billing.
Gutierrez, who first fought outside of her native Spain, came into the contest with a 13–0 record, but was outplayed by the influential Taylor, with judges unilaterally competing 100–89, 100–90 and 99 in her favor. As a -91 he easily retained his WBA, IBF, WBC, WBO and Ring magazine titles.
“Yes, very, very satisfied,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “I thought it was a great performance and it was very tough. I tried my best to get him out of there a few times. He’s very durable, but I couldn’t get him out. I loved getting stoppages today but this great performance. I was very happy today.
“There is no shortage of big fights out there. It’s all about the legacy and making history in the game and inspiring the next generation but yes, people still haven’t seen the best of me. “