Kell Brook. Source: Getty Images

Kell Brook is a professional boxer from the United Kingdom.

Source: The Sun

Early life

Ezekiel “Kell” Brook was born on 3 May 1986 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Julie Thompson is his mother’s name. His father is of Jamaican origin. But he never met him, and they never attempted to meet. Terry Thompson, Kell Brook’s stepfather, introduced him to boxing. Brook had a close relationship with his stepfather and frequently accompanied him to fights.

Brook fought his first amateur fight at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Brendan Ingle. He had won 31 of his 36 amateur fights by the end of his career, winning two Amateur Boxing Association of England titles, two National Association of Boys Clubs British Boxing Championships, and a Gold medal in the 4 Nations.

Brook was inspired early on by Naseem Hamed, who was also trained by Ingle at the same Wincobank gym.

Career

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Brook held the IBF welterweight title from 2014 to 2017, and he has challenged for the unified WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles once in 2016, as well as the WBO welterweight title in 2020. From 2008 to 2010, he held the British welterweight title at the regional level.

Brook was named the world’s best active welterweight by The Ring magazine in May 2017. BoxRec ranks him as the world’s third-best active light-middleweight as of August 2020.

Notable Matches

Brook vs. Bizier

Brook would make his third defence of his IBF title against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier (25–2, 17 KOs) on March 26 at the Sheffield Arena, after nearly a year without fighting. Hearn and Bizier’s promoter, Yvon Michel, came to an agreement to avoid purse bids. On November 7, 2015, Bizier became the mandatory after knocking out Fredrick Lawson in Miami, Florida.

Bizier was knocked out in the second round by Brook. Brook rocked Bizier with a left to the jaw on his way to a ‘big fight,’ then dazed him with a series of hooks. After taking a count, Bizier appeared uninterested in continuing, and Brook unleashed a combination that left the Canadian crumpled in a heap. Brook was fighting in his second mandatory fight since winning the IBF title in 2014.

Brook vs. Golovkin

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Brook was set to face undefeated, unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35–0, 32 KOs) on July 8, 2016. The fight took place on September 10, 2016, at London’s O2 Arena. There were talks about Golovkin fighting Chris Eubank Jr.

On the night, Brook was knocked down early in the first round, but he maintained his composure and grew stronger as the rounds progressed. He was trading blows with Golovkin in the first round but suffered an eye socket injury, and after heavy punishment in the fifth, trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel, handing Brook his first professional defeat by TKO.

Brook vs. Spence Jr.

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On the 13th of February, an agreement was reached for a fight between Errol Sheffield Jr on the 20th of May, 2017. The fight was officially announced on March 22nd at a press conference at Bramall Lane in Sheffield and will air live on Sky Box Office in the UK and Showtime in the US on May 27, 2017.

Brook lost his IBF welterweight title in round eleven in front of a crowd of 27,000 people. Spence threw combinations to the head and more to the body, wearing down Brook in a fight where power shots were mostly landed. Brook worked the counter well and landed his own shots to the body, but Spence responded with his own shots.

Brook vs. Crawford

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Brook returned to the welterweight division on November 14, 2020, and attempted to become a two-time welterweight champion when he faced undefeated Terence Crawford for his WBO world title in Paradise, Nevada. Crawford caught Brook with a right hand in the fourth round, and the referee gave him a standing count.

The fight continued, but Crawford quickly landed a flurry of shots, prompting the referee to step in and call a halt to the fight, resulting in Crawford’s victory by fourth-round technical knockout.

Records

Professional record summary

42 fights39 wins3 losses
By knockout273
By decision120

Personal life

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Lindsey Myers is Kell Brook’s wife. The couple has three daughters. Their first daughter Nevaeh was born in 2012 and their second daughter Estelle arrived three years later. Meanwhile, Vienna recently celebrated her second birthday.

Brook has been involved in two stabbings, the first of which occurred in Sheffield in 2007. Second, while on vacation with his pregnant wife in Tenerife on September 4, 2014, Brook was stabbed in the leg in what he described as an unprovoked attack. Around 2 a.m. local time, the incident occurred at Golf del Sur in San Miguel de Abona.

According to a spokeswoman, he had lost a significant amount of blood. There were no arrests made right away. Brook was stabbed three times in the leg and once in the arm.

After the incident, Brook made a statement regarding the attack and said, “I was out enjoying a night out before returning home to the UK when I was the victim of an unprovoked attack. I’m devastated right now after being on such a high having achieved my dream of becoming world champion in Los Angeles last month. This is obviously a major setback. I want to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy for myself and my family at this time. Make no mistake – I will be back.”

Brook’s net worth records at around £10 million ($13 million).

Full NameEzekiel “Kell” Brook 
Commonly known as Kell Brook
Date of Birth3 May 1986 
Place of BirthSheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Age35
Weight67 kg
Height1.75 m
NationalityBritish
Spouse/ PartnerLindsey Myers
Children Nevaeh, Estelle, Vienna
Net Worth$13 million

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