DOWN GOES DAN: Four Knocks and Out, Brook Gets W in England

The Special One is what they call the current pride of Sheffield, Kell Brook, and he defended his IBF welterweight crown against Jo Jo Dan in England on Saturday, in a manner which suggested his nickname isn’t a hyperbolic reach.

This bout ran on Showtime, and their viewers saw the 28-year-old Brook start strong and finish it early, as overmatched Dan hit the deck four times, with his corner saying no mas before the fifth started.

The Brit, now 34-0 (23 Ks), had good luck with his right against the lefty, promoted by Lou Dibella. We saw Brook look calm, poised, confident, as he ripped uppercuts, before Dan (now 34-3, with 18 Kos; age 33), the mandatory challenger, tied him up on the first few rounds. In close, Dan knew he would get picked apart, so he made it messy. Not messy enough; he felt the Brook power early, and often and had no answer.

Down the Romanian-born loser went twice in the second, how much longer would it go? A right upper, then a straight right in the second, those were the telling blows.

The Brit was stabbed last year and looked none the worse for wear, happily. In the fourth, the hand speed spoke, and down went Dan. He was up, clear eyes, and he tried to wing launches to turn the tide. A left hook at the bell felled Dan once again. This was the fourth time he went down. The ref said no mas, on advice of the corner, and Dan didn’t come out for the fifth.

Brook after said he thought he’d never walk again, let alone box, so yes, he feels happy and humbled. What’s next? Amir Khan in June is target one; also brnadon Rios and Juan manuel Marquez if he doesn’t retire, the winner said.

The win had to be the sweetest ever for Brook, who nearly lost his life 20 days after winning his IBF crown. A March 2014 holiday in Spain turned to terror and a living horror movie, when a man whacked him with a machete, four times, and blood was spurting out of his left leg. He was taken to a hospital, stitched up, and today was able to show the world that a machete ain’t no match for this man.

Any hints from Khan if he’s keen to rumble with Mr. No Match For a Machete? Here is what Khan Tweeted after the Brook win:

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Nice, witty copy. No doubt that "Special K" was as sharp as a razor. He looked like a machete or a machine gun ain't no match for him. Holla!


-ericfarrell85 :

"Romanian-born loser"? I do hope your intention was to describe his loss in this match, rather than casting judgements about the man in general. The Romanian-born fighter lost in the 5th round seems a more apt way of putting it.


-oubobcat :

Brook looked sensational and showed no signs of any lingering injuries in the leg. Dan is a very solid fighter and was made to look like an also ran club fighter in the ring with Brook. I hope Khan takes the challenge and fights Brook this spring. That would be one heck of a fight. But if that can't be made a fight with Marquez or Rios would be very interesting. I don't see Top Rank letting Rios get in with Brook as he is too much a sharpshooter for Rios but Marquez has reportedly shown some interest recently and that could be a very interesting fight. After seeing what I saw from Brook tonight, would favor him in all three of those fights.


-King Beef :

"Romanian-born loser"? I do hope your intention was to describe his loss in this match, rather than casting judgements about the man in general. The Romanian-born fighter lost in the 5th round seems a more apt way of putting it.
Just awkward wording; Dan seemed nervous from the start but he showed tremendous heart to make it to 5, He took some good shots and clearly no born loser. As far as Khan, he will not take any risky fight until he gets his "lottery fight" with the winner of May/Pac.


-Radam G :

Just awkward wording; Dan seemed nervous from the start but he showed tremendous heart to make it to 5, He took some good shots and clearly no born loser. As far as Khan, he will not take any risky fight until he gets his "lottery fight" with the winner of May/Pac.
Khan is a two-faced creep who believes that he is superior "because Allah is" with him, he will tell you. Neither Money May or Da Manny want to give Khan the time of day. Besides, they don't have to. Khan cannot beat either one of about four or five contenders that they will ask him to fight before a dance. Holla!


-King Beef :

Khan is a two-faced creep who believes that he is superior "because Allah is" with him, he will tell you. Neither Money May or Da Manny want to give Khan the time of day. Besides, they don't have to. Khan cannot beat either one of about four or five contenders that they will ask him to fight before a dance. Holla!
Brook put the pressure, and the ball in Khan's court after tonight's fight, so we will see what Khan does...my money is on Khan passing the fight up


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Khan is a two-faced creep who believes that he is superior "because Allah is" with him, he will tell you. Neither Money May or Da Manny want to give Khan the time of day. Besides, they don't have to. Khan cannot beat either one of about four or five contenders that they will ask him to fight before a dance. Holla!
The Virgil Hunter version of Khan beats Brook. Brook is good, but contrary to his nickname appears to be nothing "special."


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Khan is a two-faced creep who believes that he is superior "because Allah is" with him, he will tell you. Neither Money May or Da Manny want to give Khan the time of day. Besides, they don't have to. Khan cannot beat either one of about four or five contenders that they will ask him to fight before a dance. Holla!
The Virgil Hunter version of Khan beats Brook. Brook is good, but contrary to his nickname appears to be nothing "special."


-Radam G :

The Virgil Hunter version of Khan beats Brook. Brook is good, but contrary to his nickname appears to be nothing "special."
On this one, you will be wrong. Any version of Amir khan has a head and chin problem. He is a modern-day Floyd Patterson. All the speed in the world with a great trainer, but no chin. "Special K," Keith Thurman, "Showtime" Shawn Porter and Da Manny all would kayo Khan. Tim Bradley and Money May beat by a wide decision. Holla!


-Skibbz :

Watching the fight in person was special. The sheffield fans were roaring from the get go and it turned out to be a memorable night. After the first round, the speed and accuracy of that menacing jab and right straight made it clear who would be the winner. All too easy he was finding the target, as bobcat says Brook made someone who climbed up the ladder in arguably the widest weight class look like they had serious skill deficiencies. Khan has reportedly talked down a fight in Wembley in June... Maybe it's as Radam says and he's starting his fast early this year... Brook pummels to a pulp Rios, and Marquez will make it a great fight with his experience but he gets beaten up for me. That would be a very tactical fight as both guys love it on the back foot, except Marquez would have to force it as Kell has the tale of the tape advantages. Great night hope you all enjoyed.


-Chris L :

Call me a Negative Nancy, but I didn't think Brook looked that great. I think that the main reason was because he had no respect for anything that Dan did, but he looked wild from the moment that Dan was in trouble (in the first or second round?). If he fought like that against a legitimate top 10 Welter (I know Dan was supposedly #1 in the IBF, but Hearn probably paid for that position) he would have left himself wide open to get caught. Was a good watch on tv though, the atmosphere looked great, as it usually does on Brit cards. The Khomitsky knockout earlier on was a thing of beauty. Get Brook and Khan together, they say timing beats speed - let the two men test that theory for us.


-Radam G :

Call me a Negative Nancy, but I didn't think Brook looked that great. I think that the main reason was because he had no respect for anything that Dan did, but he looked wild from the moment that Dan was in trouble (in the first or second round?). If he fought like that against a legitimate top 10 Welter (I know Dan was supposedly #1 in the IBF, but Hearn probably paid for that position) he would have left himself wide open to get caught. Was a good watch on tv though, the atmosphere looked great, as it usually does on Brit cards. The Khomitsky knockout earlier on was a thing of beauty. Get Brook and Khan together, they say timing beats speed - let the two men test that theory for us.
They say a whole lot of things in just talking smack, and not sweet science. Maybe timing beats speed, but angling, crowding and spacing beat timing. So no matter how you spin it, timing being superior is another myth that can easily be black holed by the above three. Holla!


-brownsugar :

The way Brook and his team have been describing the injuries to his leg i thought he'd be using an artificial appendage like a peg-leg with a rubber stump on the end. But the leg seems to have healed very nicely. I always enjoy watching Brook fight, he's sharp efficient and methodical.... Built to fight.... Built to win. Mentally as much as physically. He can be brash arrogant and charimatic at the same time....Perfect qualities for the fightgame. I'd love to see him against Mayweather since they are both nearly the same height and share the same dedication to their craft. I think their styles would mesh for an entertaining fight. Its ironic that Brook chased Khan for nearly 5 years to obtain an opportunity to fight on the big stage and rebuffed him while labeling Brook as a desparate nobody. When Khan fell off the ratings after losing to Garcia and Peterson it was Brooks turn to label Khan as the undeserving desparado begging for a payday. Lately they have both been calling each otherout. I think the stage is set for an all United Kingdom showdown to quell the noisy fued between talkative antagonists and settle once an for all who the real Prince of England Brook can now go a full twelve And Khan's chin has become less of a liability Make it happen !!!!!!!!