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Wins for Kell Brook and Gavin Rees in Sheffield

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Published on Jul 8, 2012

In a fantastic night of boxing at the Motorpoint in Sheffield the show topper Kell Brook, the local boy, who was cheered to the rafters on his entrance into the arena. Brook was up against tough American Carson Jones, who promised and delivered giving the Sheffield boxer the hardest fight of his 28 fight career. Brook went onto win the fight on points, but suffered a suspect broken nose and was pushed all the way by the feisty Jones.

Both knew that the winner would be in line for a shot at the IBF welterweight title this being an eliminator and fought with tenacity in one of the fights of the year. Brook managed to dig deep and show great resolve and grit to win this most important fight. After 12 bloody rounds Kell won by a majority decision with one judge having it a draw and the other two 116-113 and 115-113 in Kell Brooks favor.

European lightweight champion Gavin Rees was another fighter having to dig deep to prevail in Sheffield on Saturday when he was given one of his hardest fights to date against Liverpool's British champion Derry Mathews.

The fight was a rematch after their first meeting ended in a technical draw, when an accidental clash of heads caused Mathews to suffer a broken nose, that the blood could not be stemed and the fight was called off.

Former WBA champion Gavin, who was making his second defense of his European title added Derry's British title to his collection, is now likely to vacate the titles if he can get the second world title chance that he craves and one his promoter Eddie Hearn says will happen next.

Mathews can come again, he fought his heart out as usual, Derry Mathews is never in a bad fight. He has had 3 fights already in 2012 all candidates for fight of the year. Win lose or draw Derry gives his all in evry fight and is a credit to himself and boxing. So what next for him? Another rematch perhaps against Anthony Crolla for the vacant titles? Now there is a fight to look forward to!

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