Kell Brook Officially Signs with Matchroom Sport
UK welterweight prospect/contender Kell Brook has officially left promoter Frank Warren, and in perhaps a bit of a surprise, has signed with Matchroom Sport, the promoters of Prizefighter. Middleweight contender Darren Barker also recently signed with the Eddie Hearn-led outfit, and with Brook joining the ranks, Matchroom is starting to become more and more of a factor in the UK fight game.
Sky Sports reports that a June date is likely for Brook's debut with the company, fighting in Sheffield against an opponent to be named. His ultimate goal remains to get a major fight, perhaps against Mike Jones, but nothing that big is likely for June.
Lamont Peterson-Victor Cayo Set for 4/29 Friday Night Fights
The scheduled April 29 fight at 140 pounds between Victor Cayo and Tim Coleman is off, but a better fight is replacing it. Cayo will now face top ten talent Lamont Peterson, with the winner in line for a shot at Zab Judah's alphabet belt. This now is probably the most significant fight on the FNF schedule as it stands right now, and is a heck of a grab. The fight is happening because Peterson exercised an option to take an eliminator fight.
Roman Martinez Off of 4/16 Bill
Ryan Burton of BoxingScene.com reports that Roman "Rocky" Martinez has withdrawn from his scheduled April 16 fight with Luis Cruz, citing a fractured right thumb. Martinez-Cruz was set to be the co-feature on Showtime next weekend, the card headlined by Juan Manuel Lopez taking on Orlando Salido. Martinez is hoping to have the fight rescheduled.
Tomasz Adamek came in at 215 pounds at today's weigh-in, or 70 pounds less than opponent Kevin McBride. It's an even bigger weight disadvantage than Adamek had last August against Michael Grant (44 pounds). Fightnews.com has photos from the weigh-in. Adamek will look to get rounds in against McBride, but the "Clones Colossus" won't ever really be in the fight. There is an outside shot that pure size plays a factor. Adamek really didn't like getting hit by Grant, who is almost as washed-out as McBride, and McBride's even bigger. I would pick Adamek to win a decision, but I expect at some point McBride is going to be so exhausted that he folds.