Terence Crawford Viciously KOs Kell Brook In Round Four
November 15, 2020
Kell Brook got knocked out by a massive punch from Terence Crawford in the fourth round of their WBO welterweight championship fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Conference Center.
The scheduled 12 round battle was stopped at exactly 1:12 of the fourth round after Crawford cracked the former IBF welterweight champion with a devastating blow, knocking him into the ropes, which held him up and that was counted as an official knockdown.
Crawford sensed the end and jumped in for the kill. He connected three more punches, which went unanswered and prompted the referee to step in, administering a count for Brook. Crawford finally finished a wobbled Brook with several unanswered punches ones the action resumed, this included a left which knocked Brook back on the ropes.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), who defended the WBO welterweight strap for the fourth time, went in as an 11-1 favourite by the time the fight started due to late bets on Brook (39-3, 27 KOs). Brook staged a competitive performance before the build up to his knock out in the fourth round.
“He had good distance, you know, and I was trying to find my rhythm and getting my distance together,” Crawford told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after stopping Brook. “And, you know, that’s why it was so competitive at first. I couldn’t get my shots off.”
Crawford, from Omaha, Nebraska has now ended each of his last eight opponents with a knockout or technical knockout. He started his WBO title reign in June 2018, when he knocked out Jeff Horn at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, become a three division champion.
Brook, 34, from Sheffield has now lost three times via Knockout, first against Errol Spence, whom he lost his IBF welterweight championship to, then against Gennady Golovkin (GGG), who knocked out again in his Middleweight adventure back in 2017.
Brook suffered fractured orbital bones and had to under go surgery after each of those fights, a process that involved inserting titanium plates in his face.
For the fight Brook moved down to the welterweight division for the first time in 3½ years and before the fight had accumulated a 3-0 record at Junior middleweight and Brook’s last fight at welterweight was his knockout loss to Spence.
“This is boxing,” Brook told ESPN’s Mark Kriegel. “I obviously got caught with a shot I didn’t see, and the referee waved it off. You know, I’ve never had that happen to me before, but I’ve always said if I’m in a fight, I want to go out on my shield.”
Crawford took three rounds to figure out the best way to take out Brook, who lasted eleven rounds in the ring against Spence.
“You know, [I] just stepped forward a little more, throw a little more punches, but not too much,” Crawford said. “And I caught him a couple times.”
“Not at all,” Crawford added. “It was different fights, you know, different, you know, years and whatnot. But Kell is a tremendous talent. I can’t take nothing away from him. He came and he tried, but I took my time. He was in shape, made the weight, so there was no excuses [he brought] to the table. He just came off of three wins, not coming off of a loss, so he had his confidence up. And he lost to a better man tonight.”