After having no fights in 2019, former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) returned with a seventh round KO over the very game Mark DeLuca (24-2, 13 KOs) in a super welterweight clash on Saturday at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, England.
Brook dropped DeLuca in round three and punished him until landing a hard left jab to end it.
“2020 is the year that I become World Champion again,” Brook said afterward. “I don’t shy away from any fighter, I have a lot of respect for Liam Smith, he boxed a stablemate of mine in Liam Williams.
“I’ve sparred him and if those spars are anything to go by, the fight would be amazing.
“I know he wants the fight. We’ll sit down with Eddie [Hearn] this week. I love the Smith family but once we get in there, it’s business.
“I want to get straight back in the gym, I want to be fighting again in 10 or 12 weeks.”
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In a final eliminator for the IBF featherweight title, #4 rated Kid Galahad (27-1, 16 KOs) took apart #5 Claudio Marrero (24-4, 17 KOs) over eight rounds.
Marrero’s corner pulled their man out after the eighth round to end the one-sided affair.
As expected, female super featherweight Terri Harper (10-0, 5 KOs), a 9:1 favorite, took the WBC female title from Eva Wahlstrom (22-2, 3 KOs) via ten round unanimous decision. Harper dropped Wahlstrom in round seven. Scores were 98-91, 99-90, 99-90.
Heavyweight David Allen (18-5-2, 15 KOs) returned from his July loss to David Price with a third round KO over Dorian Darch (12-12-1, 1 KO), who is 0-8-1 in his last nine. Darch down twice in round three.
IBF #7 super featherweight Martin J Ward (24-1-2, 11 KOs) scored a shut out ten round unanimous decision over Jesus Amparan (16-2, 14 KOs). Ward dropped Amparo in rouser seven and ten en route to a 100-88 win.