I thought he looked absolutely world class for the first half of the fight. He picked his punches well, didn't get drawn in, moved well, and showed power at world level. But the 6th round was the turning point. Brook caught Jones hard, who back peddled. While he was hurt, he drew book on and landed a solid undercut which shock brook up. The second half of the fight, Kell looked completely lost. He didn't know how to deal with the pressure, and he wasn't moving anywhere near as well I he did previously. He showed massive heart and a pretty good chin at times. On my card, he was very fortunate to have nicked the 10th or 11th, as I had it 7-5 Brook.
But I think he'll learn from that. How quickly he deteriorated stamina wise was a concern, so he should look to correct that ASAP. But other than that is was exactly how I thought it was going to be, Jones being good enough to push Kell all the way. Aside from Manny and Floyd, there aren't too many Welters I'd pick to beat him right now. The Lopez fight would be very interesting, and I think he beats Bailey.
My, what an awkward little fucker! On the plus side, he showed he was levels above Hope, he retained the confidence of an unbeaten fighter, and scored a good KO win. Negatively, he is far too wild. He throws that lead left straight/hook from his ankles, and he has no real defence other than his reflexes. While some have made it work for them, I'm not sure Proksa can get away with that for too much longer. Barker would outbox him with the jab, and Macklin would bully him on the inside (Proksa looks a very small middleweight to me). I'd pick both, along with Lee, to beat him.
Great fight to start us off with. Derry looked rather good for the first 5 rounds, controlling the pace from the outside, nullifying Rees' leaping jabs. Unfortunately for Matthews, he just ran out of steam. Rees picked the pace up and continually hurt Matthews as the fight went on. It was a good stoppage from the ref IMO. Derry didn't really have anything left, the fight was only going one way, and he would have been stopped at any point. Critically, Rees didn't know how to deal with the size of Matthews which was a worry. Can he win a world title? Gun to my head, I'll say no. While the LW division isn't as strong as it was a few years back (Rios, Guerrero, Marquez etc all moving up), I don't think Rees is good enough to beat Abril, Burns, Vazquez and DeMarco.
I don't think he looked too bad actually. He put his shots together nicely, showed pretty good movement, controlled the action, looked solid, and scored the KO win. Of course, we wouldn't expect anything else given the calibre of opponent. What I'm concerned about is how much is the lad learning from this? Mick needs to step him up soon while he is on a roll, or Fury will get bored and sloppy before too long. Some may laugh, but I think he'd beat Adamek who is far too small to be able to deal with him. I'd target Arroela or Chambers. Two good names, both winnable fights IMO.
Chis Eubank Jr:
The lad gets hit far too often for my liking. He also admires his work too much. But I remind myself that he only had 25 or so amateur fights, and 5 pro fights. He is still learning. That said, he doesn't have the power to make that style work for him. Unless we see vast defensive improvements, he'll be found out soon.
The little shit cost me 135 quid by not winning by KO. I've not seen the fight, but I've instantly gone off the man :lol:
Will watch later and edit the post