Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse & Devon Alexander vs. Kell Brook May 18 At Boardwalk Hall

ATLANTIC CITY, April 8 – World championship boxing returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, May 18 with a SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader featuring IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson facing hard-hitting WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round welterweight bout and the rescheduled IBF Welterweight Title showdown between Two-Division World Champion Devon Alexander “The Great” and undefeated British star and number one rated IBF welterweight contender Kell “The Special One” Brook.
 
Peterson vs. Matthysse and Alexander vs. Brook are presented by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, Corona and AT&T and will air live on SHOWTIME at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
 
Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, go on sale on Wednesday, April 10 at noon ET and will be available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
 
After more than a year out of the ring, Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) picked up where he left off in February, dazzling fans in his hometown of Washington, D.C. with an eighth-round technical knockout win over Kendall Holt. Coupled with his Fight of the Year win over the Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan in December of 2011, it’s clear that Peterson has staked his claim as one of the premier 140-pound fighters in the world. All of this is even more impressive when one considers that Peterson spent part of his youth homeless on the mean streets of Washington, D.C. On May 18, the talented boxer-puncher will put that recognition on the line against one of the most feared fighters in the sport at a catch-weight of 141 pounds.
 
The junior welterweight who has struck the most fear into the hearts of his peers, Trelew, Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) bounced back from two controversial split decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, each in his opponent’s hometowns, to score five straight victories, with all of those wins coming by way of knockout. His losses to Alexander and Judah were so controversial, that many boxing insiders still consider Matthysse, who has recently been nicknamed “The Machine,” to be undefeated. In his last three bouts, the 30-year-old has torn through stiff competition, defeating former Three-Division World Champion Humberto Soto, then number one rated WBC super lightweight contender Olusegun Ajose and tough contender Mike Dallas Jr., setting the stage for the thunderous punching WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion with a 94% knockout ratio to stake his claim as a one of the top ten best pound for pound fighters in the world.
 
A technical wizard with speed and finesse in the ring, St. Louis’ Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) is a master boxer who has already won world titles in two divisions despite being only 25 years old. Alexander is the former IBF and WBC world title holder at 140 pounds, with wins over Lucas Matthysse, Juan Urango and Junior Witter to his name. In 2012, “The Great” made his move to welterweight and by the time he was finished defeating former World Champions Marcos Maidana and Randall Bailey, he was crowned the IBF Welterweight World Champion. On May 18, he makes the first defense of his new crown after two postponements of his originally scheduled showdown with Brook.
 
England’s latest unbeaten sensation, the popular Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) has mowed past all opposition placed in front of him over the last eight years. After winning the British WBO intercontinental and IBF international welterweight titles, he’s ready for his close-up on the world stage. With 2012 wins over Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones and Hector Saldivia, the talented 26-year-old from Sheffield has proven he has the talent, style and determination to justify his number one rating.

Perfect Punch Brook Earns World Title Shot


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By Jack Bowers
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Kell Brook last night announced himself on the world stage by stopping big hitting Argentine Hector Saldivia inside three rounds.
Brook promised his fans he was in the shape of his life and he certainly was. He looked sharp, strong and in better condition than ever before.


The pride of Sheffield was questioned after a poor performance against American Carson Jones but he was simply a class above his opponent.

His class showed when in the final minute of the first round he caught the Argentine with a solid left hand. Saldivia did however manage to hang on and get back to his corner.

The Sheffield welterweight displayed quick hands in the second round before finishing the fight early in the third. Strangely the fight that ended this contest was just a straight, perfectly timed, left jab. Brook was lining up a hook but it wasn’t needed.
Saldivia, to his credit, got up on the count of six and attempted to carry on but his legs turned to jelly, and sensibly was stopped from carrying on.

It was a career high for Brook who will now accomplish his dream of becoming a world champion if he can get past Devon Alexander and who would bet against the ‘Special One’ after last night’s phenomenal performance.
Brook v Alexander for the IBF belt is likely to happen early next year but Kell has his sights set on a British super fight against Amir Khan.

Kell Said: “It’s a close one, we want to get the world title fight but I do want to take Khan out.
“Khan is going to be schooled, there is no question. He will be taken out really quickly. He gives it the chat for a long time, but when we get in I will be on him, relentless and take him out”.

Brook vs Saldivia Opinions

Brook vs Saldivia: Boxing Opinions
By: Danny Richardson

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Earlier today at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield’s welterweight star Kell the ‘Special One’ Brook, weighed in for his clash with Hector ‘El Tigre’ Saldivia, which takes place tomorrow night at the Motorpoint Arena. Brook, who is unbeaten in 28 contests, faces the hard punching Argentine in his home city of Sheffield. With the winner of Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander waiting in the wings, a fight that will be for the IBF welterweight title, it is important that Brook puts on a show in front of his home town fans, before he takes on the world.

I was at the weigh in today, and was lucky enough to interview some of Brook’s fans as well as former cruiserweight king Johnny Nelson, who trained out of the famous Ingle Stable, also where Brook trains. Here are some of the comments I got from fans and Johnny today:

Adam, Sheffield: “This kid from Argentina looks hard as nails, but Kell’s power, speed and accuracy should get him out of there in the late rounds. He looks as fit as a fiddle and should do him”

James, Barnsley: “Brook looks in great condition, I think he’ll do him early, Saldivia has been stopped by worse fighters than Kell”

Aaron, Manchester: “I watched Kell against Matthew Hatton and Carson Jones, and thought he put on a show for the first 6 rounds, then ran out of energy. If he can do it for 12, he’ll hammer Saldivia no problems, then Khan!”

Ian, Nottingham: “I’ve watched Kell from his early fights and was there for the Froch fight in Atlantic City where Kell fought on the undercard, so I’m a massive fan and can’t wait to watch him smash this lad tomorrow, he looks the best I’ve ever seen him, so he’ll have no problem knocking Saldivia on his backside.”

Jordan, Doncaster: “I don’t know much about this Saldivia, but I know for a fact that Kell’s gona give him a beating, he looks ready to go.”

Johnny Nelson, Sheffield: “It’s not going to be as easy as people expect, Kell’s a new and improved Kell Brook, he’s got himself fit, he’s conditioned himself, but he can’t take things for granted, because it’s not just about fitness, it’s about skill, that’s what he needs to take advantage of, his superior skill.”

“If you’re confident in your fitness, it means you can step a level up, any time, round 1, round 11, round 12, that’s what Kell’s got, he should be able to do that to win this fight.”

I then asked Johnny what he thinks about Kell’s chances against Devon Alexander or Randall Bailey, who also meet tomorrow night:

“I think Randall Bailey will suit Kell down to the ground, I reckon Devon Alexander will win, but Randall Bailey is more suited to Kell’s style.”

When I asked Johnny about Brook and promoter Eddie Hearn turning down a fight with Timothy Bradley in favour of becoming the mandatory challenger for the IBF title, he said:

“If you take fights willy nilly you get paid decent money, but by working your way into a mandatory position, you get paid serious money, this is a business as well as a sport.”

From those interviews, it’s clear to see that the verdict, is that Kell Brook will win tomorrow night and do it convincingly. It was great to get fan opinions and hear from Johnny Nelson, who will be covering the fight tomorrow for Sky, but will no doubt be rooting for Brook to win, as will I and many others packed into the Motorpoint Arena.

Personally, I believe that Brook’s superior hand speed, boxing ability, accuracy and class will be too much for Saldivia. I expect the fight to play out in a similar way to the Carson Jones fight, the difference being that Brook, hopefully, won’t run out of gas. Kell looked in fantastic shape today, he looked healthy, hydrated and happy in himself, all indications that he’s in the shape of his life.

Therefore, if he manages to set a pace from the off and keep that pace up, I have no doubt that his class will tell, and we’ll see him claim a stoppage win, if not a unanimous points verdict. Saldivia should be tailor made for Brook, he keeps coming and that should leave Brook with an opportunity to pick his man off, wearing him down late, and forcing the referee to intervene.

No matter what happens though, it will be a great night in Sheffield, and one that should be a special night for the ‘Special One’.