Brook tar­gets quick win af­ter Khan su­per­fight proves elu­sive

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY DE­CLAN WAR­RING­TON

KELL Brook has vowed to make short work of Michael Zer­afa in Sh­effield tonight as he looks to take out his frus­tra­tions over his ap­par­ent fail­ure to land a bout with Amir Khan.

Brook la­belled Khan a “con” on Thurs­day af­ter learn­ing the Bolton man is more likely to pur­sue a fight against Amer­i­can wel­ter­weight Terence Craw­ford than fo­cus on an all-Bri­tish su­per­fight.

In­stead Brook will aim to make a fur­ther state­ment in his WBA su­per-wel­ter­weight ti­tle bout against the lit­tle-known Zer­afa and force his way back into top-level con­tention.

Af­ter weigh­ing in at 10st 10lbs and 2oz yesterday, Brook shrugged off sug­ges­tions that weight is­sues had scup­pered the

Khan bout, in­sist­ing: “I can make wel­ter­weight. The kid from Bolton doesn’t want it.”

Brook (above) knows he can­not af­ford any slip-ups in his quest for fu­ture world ti­tle bouts af­ter suc­ces­sive brave de­feats to Gen­nady Golovkin and Er­rol Spence in 2016 and 2017 re­spec­tively.

Zer­afa, a 26-year-old Aus­tralian, has a rea­son­able record of 25 wins and two de­feats but he has fought in nowhere near the same class as Brook and ap­pears to have lit­tle chance of caus­ing an up­set.

Brook added: “I’m go­ing to seek and de­stroy. I’m look­ing to get rid of this guy and move on to the cham­pi­ons who want to fight.”

The sup­port­ing bill is headed by hot prospect Josh Kelly who faces for­mer world ti­tle chal­lenger David Avanesyan.

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