2020 Feb 08

Kell Brook vs. Mark DeLuca

12 rounds, junior middleweights
Kell Brook had an excellent career going for him when he had a record of 34-0. He looked to be a very good fighter, and he was, as he showed that he was able to beat a fighter like Shawn Porter away from home. No one can take away from him that he has been a World Champion but the 2 losses he received back-to-back after that against first Gennady Golovkin and then Errol Spence jr really seems to have taken a lot from him. He was doing well in both his losses really, but he took a lot of damaging shots from both. Against Golovkin, he was the first to show that Golovkin was human and he hit him with some good shots, but what he got in return from Golovkin was very hurtful and Brook´s corner threw in the white towel of surrender in the fifth round which was the right course of action. When he fought Spence jr, he was fighting on even terms until he faded badly and took some very heavy shots that ultimately saw Spence jr stopping him in the 11th. In both fights he walked away with a broken eye socket. Looking at him this fight week, it seems noticeable that he looks aged and more worn out than the fresh Kell Brook that weighed in against Golovkin. Since the 2 losses, he has come back with 2 straight wins against mediocre opposition and this Saturday he faces American Marc DeLuca in a 12 round main event. Marc DeLuca has a record of (23-1) with his only loss coming by a split decision. DeLuca looked very fit during the weigh in and he is not there for the paycheck. He probably thinks Brooks is over the hill and ripe for the taking.
We have to remember that although Brook probably isn´t what he once was, he isn´t fighting neither Golovkin or Spence jr. DeLuca will try hard but he simply isn´t good enough to beat a former champion like Kell Brook. We do however see this fight going some rounds, if not the whole distance. Simply picking Brook to win is a safe pick but we will add an additional pick being that the fight goes longer than 7.5 Rounds. Brook might stop DeLuca and if that happens, we see the stoppage taking place late in the fight.
The Pick: Kell Brook to win fight
Odds: -2000 (1.05 decimal odds)
Units: 20
Start time: 9pm ET / 6pm PT
The Pick: Over 7.5 Rounds
Odds: -110 (1.90 decimal odds)
Units: 10
Start time: 9pm ET / 6pm PT