Because the punters spilled out into the automobile parks that encompass the FlyDSA Enviornment – braving a wild and moist Sheffield night time – the massive query remained the identical.

Following a below-par Kell Brook efficiency, had been we any nearer to a Brook v Khan home dust-up?

Brook and Khan have teased a struggle for years, however they’re nonetheless no nearer to an settlement

Talking after the ultimate bell, Eddie Hearn – promoter of each males – was placing the ball in Khan’s courtroom. He reckoned the Bolton man ought to neglect about heading down the Terence Crawford route and signal to struggle ‘Particular Okay’ as quickly as doable.

“We’re at a degree now the place there’s huge cash for each guys,” Hearn mentioned. “Amir Khan should have a look at that [Zerafa fight] and after Kell’s efficiency, he should fancy he’s bought an incredible likelihood of beating Kell Brook.”

The principle occasion didn’t ignite with unheralded Aussie Michael Zerafa proving a cussed foe for Brook, who was combating for simply the second time in 18 months.

The Sheffield super-welterweight had embraced the spirit of Christmas – donning a pair of Santa shorts for the bout – however he reduce a bah-humbug determine as he made his approach from the ring to his dressing room following the unanimous factors win.

Kell Brook failed to impress against Michael Zerafa

Kell Brook didn’t impress towards Michael Zerafa

An hour or so after the struggle, with the venue abandoned however for the lads de-rigging the ring, Brook made his approach up a metal staircase to a operate room along with the world to conduct his post-fight press convention.

“Subsequent time, you’ll see me because the ‘Particular One’ – flash, energy, pace, head motion,” Kell defined. “Michael wasn’t on my degree and I used to be a bit flat. Typically you begin plodding. Once you increase your recreation, you’re so much sharper.”

The chief help was a tough, bloody affair with Dubliner Jono Carroll and Guillaume Frenois sharing the spoils in a last eliminator for the IBF super-featherweight title. Many ringside felt the Frenchman had executed sufficient to nick the choice, though the person with the best beard in boxing thought in another way.

Jono Carroll and Guillaume Frenois fought to a split-decision draw

Jono Carroll and Guillaume Frenois fought to a split-decision draw

“I really feel he caught me with the larger, cleaner photographs, however I used to be busier,” Jono mentioned. “I did really feel I nicked it by one or two rounds.

“He had a French choose! I didn’t have an Irish choose! I’m not going to make any excuses as a result of it was a very good struggle, however why has he bought a French choose and I haven’t bought an Irish choose? The French choose gave it to him.

“No fighter desires to work their ass off for ten weeks to return out with a draw. On the finish of the day although, we’ve each come out with our well being and that’s all that issues. We will go dwelling to our households, we’re blessed.”

Each males had been the perfect of mates after the mud had settled – Frenois insisting Carroll pose for selfies – even making the Irishman, who ring-walked to a tune from the Lion King, roar for the digicam.

Previous to that struggle, Anthony Fowler continued his speedy progress by blasting out Jose Carlos Paz in a spherical. The Argentine was meant to be a step up – a tricky operator who had been introduced in to offer the scouser useful rounds.

That wasn’t to be, however Fowler bought the Christmas current he wished with information a struggle with former GB team-mate Scott Fitzgerald has been agreed for March.

Anthony Fowler celebrates his victory in Sheffield

Anthony Fowler celebrates his victory in Sheffield

“I’ve truly booked a vacation for New 12 months, however I’ll should cancel it! He mentioned. “I can’t wait. I’m going to take Scott out – it’s a reality! I like Scott, I genuinely do, however Scott is aware of me, and he is aware of he doesn’t stand an opportunity. I’m a machine and he is aware of it.”

Decrease down the invoice, Child Galahad outpointed Brayan Mairena to place himself in line to face the winner of Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton. The pair go toe-to-toe in Manchester on December 22 with Warrington presently holding the IBF featherweight title for which Galahad is now obligatory challenger.

There have been additionally notable victories for Qais Ashfaq, Callum Hancock, Terri Harper and Anthony Tomlinson.


One man taking in all of the motion ringside was common heavyweight Dave Allen. The ‘White Rhino’ is taking a relaxation following a brutal struggle with Ariel Bracamonte on the undercard of Usyk v Bellew in Manchester final month.

Allen completely revealed information of a giant struggle looming on the forthcoming Anthony Joshua undercard: “I’m trying ahead to April 13 at Wembley and Lucas Browne. That appears prefer it’s on. Lucas desires it and the promoter [Eddie Hearn] desires to place it on. I’m very assured it’ll occur.”

The 26-year-old lately teamed up with high coach Adam Sales space, however after a short trial interval Allen has determined to stay with long-time coach Mick Marsden.

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