What’s up BMB Fam! This post is dedicated to the upset this past weekend that still had me deep in thought about matchups and what makes a match so exciting. I’m definitely new to the Kell Brook bandwagon but was thoroughly impressed by the Sheffield Steel he unsheathed upon the game Shawn Porter.
I was leaning heavily on Porter’s side because I liked his tenacity and explosiveness, and just his overall attitude about the sport. He’s a humble kid that is a student of the game, and it’s unfortunate that losses sometimes pulls a veil on the loser’s development during the fight, but Shawn exhibited great maturity and patience despite the matchup evidently favoring Ezekiel’s deep experience, focus, endurance, and accuracy. As some fans astutely mentioned, Shawn was summoning shadows of Mike Tyson, and Joe Frazier in adopting every technique in history for a shorter, smaller guy to try to get inside and get his rhythm going. However, Kell masterfully remained focused despite the early onslaught and continued to lay thick discouraging hard jabs and right hands with patience and persistence. “Special K”‘s eyes were on the prize, and he did not avert his gaze until his hands were raised.
This was such an exciting fight and I hope more exciting matchups can be made. Stay tuned, because BMB has some new tricks up its sleeve this coming end of year fights and how matchups might pan out for the rest of the year.