By Charles Brun: British fans will now be able to watch Kell Brook challenge WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford on Premier Sports on November 14th. None of the UK networks opted to show the fight, which made former IBF welterweight champion Brook unhappy. The Crawford vs. Brook event will begin at 12.30 A.M. UK time, which means the main event will likely come on around 3:00 A.M.
Crawf0rd-Brook is taking place behind closed doors in ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 14th. A lot of boxing fans believe this is a ‘cash-out’ fight for Brook to give him a final payday before he retires from the sport. Brook denies that he’s cashing out, and he seems he’s going to shock the world on November 14th by beating Crawford. Fans would believe Brook if he’d done something with his career in the last three years.
Whether Brook is cashing out or not, it really doesn’t matter. He’s over his head in this fight against Terence, and he has little more than a puncher’s chance at best. For Brook to have taken on zero quality opponents since 2017, it’s given people the impression that he’s no longer taking his career seriously.
It’s being reported that the monthly subscription fee for Premier Sports is £9.99, and it’s unclear whether there will be an early termination fee for fans that subscribe and then cancel immediately after the Crawford-Brook fight.
Brook, 34, expected Sky Sports to televise his fight with Crawford, as he’d been with them all these years and given them great fights. However, Brook has slowed his own career to a crawl by rarely fighting since his back to back stoppage losses to Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence.
It’s not just that Brook has rarely been fighting. It’s the quality of opposition that he’s been fighting. He’s had three years of tune-ups since his loss to Spence in 2017, and it’s resulted in boxing fans forgetting about him.
It’s never a good idea for a fighter to fight nothing but tune-ups for three consecutive years after a couple of defeats, but Brook has worsened the problems by not fighting often.