Kell Brook is making his American debut on December 17, fighting on the off-TV undercard of the Andre Ward vs Carl Froch Super Six World Boxing Classic final in Atlantic City, and today the rising welterweight's opponent was named.
The opponent will be Luis Galarza (17-2, 13 KO), a Puerto Rican-born Tennessee club fighter who will serve merely as a stay-busy fight for Brook. Here's what Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Brook and Froch, had to say about the fight:
"Late last night I was talking to another promoter in America and we are in deep negotiations with regards Kell's world title fight next March. But first of all, on December 17, he's fighting a Puerto Rican called Luis Galarza. He's 17-2, won his last eight and beat Paul Delgado, a former world title challenger, in his last fight."
This is promoterspeak, so let's break it down to real value: Paul Delgado, who did fight Jan Zaveck for the IBF welterweight title in February, was one of the absolute worst world title challengers in history. I don't mean in recent memory, I mean in history. Delgado (25-11-1, 4 KO) had absolutely no business in the ring with Zaveck, and the fight was a farce that Zaveck ended in five, sweeping every round and knocking Delgado down twice in the second.
So, no, this isn't much of a fight for Brook. Galarza, 29, had a couple of ten-round fights with another club fighter in 2004, but other than that he's never fought over eight rounds. This is a fight to keep Brook busy, to get him on the Ward vs Froch card, and to make his American debut. They're working on getting him a bigger fight, so this is fine for what it is, but Brook should cruise.