Kell Brook's IBF title defense against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier went exactly as expected, as "Special K" ran the Canadian over in two rounds.
Brook (36-0, 25 KO) picked his foe apart off his back foot as Bizier (25-3, 17 KO) plodded forward, working behind a stiff jab and circling well to stay off the ropes. Bizier, who had never gone down as a pro, had yet to land anything significant before going down from a brutal right cross midway through the second. Brook jumped on him the moment the referee stepped away with a savage flurry, capped off with an uppercut that took out Bizier's legs and scrambled him sufficiently for the referee to step in.
Brook was just flat-out out of Bizier's league; hopefully, we'll get to see him against one of the welterweight division's myriad monsters in the near future.
The opening bout saw 2012 gold medalist Luke Campbell return to the win column with a two-round thrashing of countryman Gary Sykes for the Commonwealth lightweight title. Campbell (13-1, 11 KO) seemed invigorated by his loss to Yvan Mendy, immediately going to work with lovely counters and heavy body shots. Sykes (28-5, 6 KO) struggled to land any clean blows at all and had few, if any answers for his opponent's speed and technical prowess.
In the third minute of Round Two, Campbell clipped Sykes with a wide left hand that sent him stumbling to his rear. He immediately swarmed on Sykes once the latter beat the count, battering away with rapid shots to the head and body until Sykes' corner threw in the towel and the referee stepped in.
Campbell looked great against a domestic opponent, extremely sharp with his jabs and counters. The jury's out on whether he's ready for the division elite, but a very good performance overall.
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