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Kell Brook Looks Sensational In Stateside Debut

''Special K'' proves he's ready for world title shot in 2012

Britain's Kell Brook proved that he is one of the very best welterweights in the world with a fifth round demolition of a game but hopelessly outclassed Luis Galarza on the Carl Froch v Andre Ward Super Six Final undercard at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday. The bout was beamed live via Showtime across the US, giving Brook priceless TV exposure on the American market. Now Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Promotions must do their best to ensure a crack at a welterweight title in early 2012 for the Sheffield sensation.

25-year-old Brook (26-0, 18 KOs) did not have things his own way against a determined opponent who had beaten recent world title challenger Paul Delgado in his previous fight, and had to absorb a solid left hook in the first round, and a hard right in the second. But Brook was all poise, precision and power from the opening bell, and every time he opened up one feared for the welfare of the plucky Puerto Rican.

This writer had predicted a fifth round TKO, and right on cue, Brook cut loose with a barrage of punches in round five that stunned 29 year old Galarza (now 17-3 with 13 KOs) and led the referee to stop the fight - a trifle prematurely and much to the frustration of the Puerto Rican.

After the bout, Brook told Showtime: "I was nervous, he was a tough durable kid and I took my time to start with. Now I've got this one out of the way, next time I'll really be on it."

He went on: "I've always boxed in Britain, so to have been here on a massive show is a great feeling, and I'm ready to come here again. You'll be seeing me here again, and there will be an even better performance.''

''Boxing fans all around the world are watching this, and I've hit a new audience now," Brook said. "They've just seen a good performance from me, but I can and will be giving them more in 2012. There's no rush to a world title. It's about being brought on at the right place, and I trust Eddie Hearn and the team to get me there the right way. I've only a matter of time."

The 5'9" Brook must rank as one of the most powerful of all current welterweights, and unlike Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz, the Englishman has been a 147 pounder throughout his career, giving him a natural physical advantage over many of his rivals in the division.

I believe that Brook is ready for a crack at either WBA champ Vyacheslav Senchnko or IBF kingpin Andre Berto right now. Berto has already agreed to a February 2012 rematch with Victor Ortiz, but the 34-year-old Ukrainian Senchenko has not boxed since scoring a sixth round TKO over Marco Antonio Avendano in August, and is not as of yet contracted to an opponent.

Eddie Hearn, the head of boxing at Matchroom Promotions should make tying down a Brook v Senchenko world title fight his number one priority for early 2012. Anyone who saw Saturday's display knows that Brook is more than ready and in danger of getting stale. He needs the challenge and motivation that a world title fight will bring, and once he is a champion, it will not be long before he can look toward mega matchups against the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacqiuoa and fellow countryman Amir Khan.
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