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Hearn backs Kell to manhandle Alexander

 

Updated 24th January 2013

 

As Kell Brook prepares to face Devon Alexander for the American’s IBF world welterweight title, promoter Eddie Hearn backed his fighter to be too strong.

 

“Alexander’s a much better fighter than Saldivia, but I just don’t think he’s going to be able to live with Kell’s strength,” Hearn said.

 

“I think Kell will manhandle Alexander in that ring because he wants it so bad.” 

 

Brook, 26, faces the biggest night of his career, meeting Alexander in his own backyard in Detroit on February 23.

 

The Sheffield man was due to fight the American January 19, but an ankle injury forced the bout to be delayed.

 

“The extension is the worst thing that could have happened for Alexander; to give Kell this extra time is just going to take him up another level,” Hearn said.

 

“It was a big relief to get the extension. He wouldn’t have been doing himself justice going out there at 60/70 percent because Alexander is that good.

 

“It is a 50/50 fight so you’ve got to go over there 100 percent and have the tenacity to rip it from Alexander.

 

“He’s ready to go over there and make a huge name for himself on the other side of the Atlantic.”

 

Brook earned the right to face Alexander by stopping Hector Saldivia inside three rounds in the final eliminator in Sheffield in October.

 

Alexander won the IBF strap with a unanimous decision over Randall Bailey just hours after Brook's decisive victory over Saldivia.

 

“You saw what Alexander did against Bailey; he spoilt the fight and he ran because Bailey can whack,” Hearn said.

 

“I think he’ll try and do the same kind of thing again against Kell and Kell will get hit because Alexander’s a class act, but I think when they’re trading punches and exchanging strength on the inside he’ll feel the difference and be asked a lot of questions.”

 

The 25-year-old American is a two-weight world champion having previously held the IBF and WBC light-welterweight titles before losing to Timothy Bradley in January.


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