Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook Preview

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Crawford v Brook Prediction

Former IBF Welterweight champ Kell Brook heads to Las Vegas this week to take on current welterweight and pound for pound king Terence Crawford.

We'll be taking a look at where the fight can be won and lost with for both fighters along with a big fight prediction for it.

How Crawford wins the fight

First off, we'll have a look at the current champion, Terence Crawford.

A fairly modest amateur career with a record of 58 wins from 70 fights, 'Bud' burst on to the professional scene with a first round stoppage victory over Brian Cummings back in March of 2008.

After going through a relatively long boxing apprenticeship, it wasn't until his 20th fight when he fought someone of note-taking on Amir Khan's nemesis, Breidis Prescott.

The Colombian took Crawford the 10 round distance, however, it was a more or less boxing masterclass. Victories over Alejandro Sanabria and Andrey Kilmov followed before Crawford put on an absolute boxing clinic to defeat Ricky Burns to claim his first world title.

Since then, it's been all systems go. He defended his 135lbs title twice before stepping up to super lightweight where he became unified champion with a third round stoppage of Julius Indongo. Then, after that, it was time to step up another weight to welterweight where he defeated Jeff Horn for the WBO world title. The American has gone on to defend it three times with his most notable victory of the three coming over Kell Brook's arch-rival, Amir Khan.

Now, going into the fight, Crawford is a huge favourite and rightly so and what makes the American so good is how quickly he finds his rhythm from a southpaw stance. Crawford can mix it up to the body and head ever so easily and when he gets his opponents hurt; he's an absolute savage.

The champion will be coming up against an old, out of date Kell Brook. This is by no means the Brook that shocked Shawn Porter back in August of 2014. There's no hiding the fact that Brook struggles to make 147 so expect to see 'Bud' focus on his body work early on and breaking the Sheffield man down that way and look to get him out of there middle rounds.

How Brook wins the fight

Kell Brook, one of the best fighters this country has seen in recent years but also one of the most frustrating fighters this country has seen in recent years. A man who has had a more than a successful career but a career that could well have turned out to be so much better, and this is his second shot at greatness.

Similar to Crawford, Brook had a long boxing apprenticeship with his first title fight coming in his 17th fight where he stopped Barry Jones for the British Welterweight title. He went on to win that belt outright but it took six years for the Sheffield man to finally get a crack at a world title.

A big outsider, he headed to America to take on the then unbeaten IBF Welterweight champ Shawn Porter. However, an outsider he proved not to be. Brook dealt with Porter's come forward style with relative ease putting in a career-best performance to claim a majority decision win. However, since that win, his career has failed to live up to the heights it had once promised.

The Englishman defended the title three times before getting thrown in at the deep end with middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin. Brook was simply outworked, outpunched, outwitted and ultimately outclassed against the Kazakhstani. 'GGG' got the stoppage in the fifth round, but Brook sustained an eye injury which would eventually require him to have surgery.

Brook returned to welter in his next fight taking on the American Olympian Errol Spence Jr. Once again, Brook was just simply outclassed by the better boxer with the stoppage coming in the 11th round and he has not been the man he was once ever since these two defeats.

Now, for the million-dollar question: how does Brook beat Crawford? The Sheffield man needs to be 10 times better than he was against Shawn Porter. He needs to ask questions of Crawford that no other fighter has so far been able to ask. If Brook is going to win, he's going to have to outwork Crawford. Boxing ability and one-punch ability, Crawford is levels above Brook.

However, Brook will be the bigger man come fight time and if he can manage to get on Crawford's chest and frustrate him and basically box dirty so that the American's game plan goes out of the window, he's got a chance. Whether he can do that and maintain that pressure at a weight in which isn't his best weight is a different question.

Crawford v Brook Prediction

For us, it's a fairly simple one. This fight five years ago is probably a 50/50 match up at welterweight. However, Brook has taken two serious beatings since then to two of the best fighters on the planet and since those two fights, he's looked a shadow of the Brook that put on a career-best performance against Shawn Porter.

Despite the fact Brook looks in great condition ahead of the fight, it's still a struggle for him to make the weight and in an ideal world, he'd have taken this fight at light middleweight.

Crawford is known for his engine. He can box off the back foot or on the inside all night. We expect him to put it on Brook from the first bell working his body with a variety of combinations and finding out just how delicate the Englishman is downstairs. If Brook can land some big punches early on to make Bud respect his power then it might prolong the fight but we can't see anything but a stoppage victory for the American - most likely early to mid rounds.

Prediction: Terence Crawford to win in rounds 4-6 - Best priced 15/4 at 888Sport

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