Alexander vs Brook: Carson Jones rooting for old foe Brook, predicts a stoppage win

Paul Thomas

Carson Jones, who fought and lost to Kell Brook earlier this year, predicts his former rival will stop Devon Alexander when the two meet for the IBF welterweight title in January.

Earlier this year, Carson Jones gave Kell Brook all he could handle when the two met in Sheffield, losing a close fight to the UK welterweight standout, and now he tells BoxingScene.com that he believes Brook will get the win over Devon Alexander when the two meet on January 19 for Alexander's IBF title:

"I am pulling for (Brook). Hopefully he wins. I think he will stop Devon. Kell is very accurate where Devon is more of a flashy fighter. Like I said before I think he will end up stopping him."

Brook (29-0, 19 KO) most recently fought on October 20, easily tearing through Hector Saldivia in just three rounds. The fight with Jones was by far the toughest test of Brook's career to date, and he drew some criticism from his own team after that fight, with more of a focus on his stamina and conditioning going into the Saldivia bout. In short, going life-and-death with Jones may have wound up making Brook a better fighter than he was going in, which could be big for his career prospects.

Alexander (24-1, 13 KO) picked up the IBF belt later that night in Brooklyn, beating Randall Bailey in a ho-hum fight by wide decision. The fight was booed heavily at the Barclays Center, providing no memorable action, but Alexander more or less did what he had to do, avoiding Bailey's big right hand and safely boxing his way to an easy win.

Jones (34-9-2, 24 KO) will be returning to the UK himself on December 8, facing Lee Purdy as part of Matchroom Boxing's "Christmas Cracker" card at the Olympia in London.

Alexander vs Brook will be aired by Showtime in the United States and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. No venue has been set for the fight.

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