Tonight at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Sheffield Kell Brook will attempt to win a shot at the IBF welterweight title as he goes up against hard-hitting Argentinian Hector David Saldivia in a world title eliminator.
Saldivia’s name might not be in the minds of many boxing fans but that isn’t surprising. The best opponent he has faced is Said Ouali in a WBA title eliminator two years ago which ended in disaster for him as he floored the Moroccan in the first round but ended up getting floored himself and then stopped in the very same round.
Perhaps we shouldn’t rule Saldivia out just yet though. Afterall, he does have 32 knockouts from 43 fights.
Kell Brook is coming off of a majority decision win over tough American Carson Jones in July in which he was criticised somewhat for what seemed to be a lack of stamina late on. It would certainly look like something Brook’s team needs to work on, and which Brook acknowledged in the press shortly after the victory.
Brook knows all eyes will be on him to shine on Saturday night and I don’t believe he will let his fans down. Saldivia has the power but he doesn’t have any real significant wins. This is probably a step too far for him.
Verdict: This fight reminds me a little of Amir Khan vs Breidis Prescott. The only difference is I see the South American being stopped in the early rounds in this one. Brook by 3rd or 4th round KO.
On the undercard, I see Jamie McDonnell getting a routine early stoppage win (round 3 or 4) over late replacement Darwin Zamora. The latter is unfamiliar at bantamweight having campaigned at lower weights throughout his career and I don’t think McDonnell should have too much trouble with him.
I also see Kenny Anderson score a stoppage victory over veteran Robin Reid. Anderson will be hungry to keep impressing as he seeks a British super middleweight title shot. Anderson should win before the mid rounds in my opinion. Anderson to win by round 5 or 6 sounds about right.