Kell Brook vs Michael Zerafa Preview Dec. 8th
There’s a WBA Jr. Middleweight Elimination fight on tap at the Sheffield Arena in England this Saturday, December 8th as hometown hero and former IBF World Welterweight Champion Kell Brook takes on Michael Zerafa of Australia. The 12-round bout can be seen live in North America on DAZN while fans in the UK can catch the action on Sky Sports. Brook last fought in March when he stopped Siarhei Rabchanka of Belarus in the second round. Zerafa’s last fight took place in August when he beat Jose Agustin Feria by a third-round TKO.
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Brook vs Zerafa Betting Odds
- Michael Zerafa +2782
- Kell Brook -9091
The 32-year-old Brook lost his welterweight title to American Errol Spence when he was knocked out in the 11th round in May of 2017. He was also stopped in the fight before that when he moved up to middleweight to take on former WBA, IBF, IBO and WBC Champion Gennady Golovkin in a title fight in September of 2016 and was stopped in the fifth round. He also suffered facial injuries in the losses to Spence and Golovkin.
He put up an entertaining fight against Golovkin even though he moved up two weight divisions, but ultimately ended up with a broken orbital bone for his efforts. His fight against Spence was also an exciting one and he’s now looking for another win to get his confidence and career back on the right track as he’s supposed to meet fellow Englishman and former world champion Amir Khan next year. Brook will enter the ring on Saturday with a record of 37-2 along with with 27 Kos.
Brook won his IBF title in August of 2014 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California with an impressive majority-decision win over former champ Shawn Porter of America. He then sat out a few months after he was stabbed with a machete in the leg during an attack while on holiday in Tenerife. He’s certainly not the biggest junior middleweight around as he stands 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 69-inch reach.
Brook turned pro back in 2004 and has fought 197 rounds since then. Before beating Porter, Brook was a former British Welterweight Champion. His biggest fights up until then were against the likes of Philip Kotey, Lovemore NDou, Matthew Hatton and Carson Jones. As far as power goes, Brook isn’t really known as much of a big hitter, but his current knockout ratio stands at 67 per cent per cent and his power is slightly underrated. He also owns a pretty good chin despite the outcome of the Golovkin and Spence bouts. He can fight on the back foot as well as going forward.
As for Zerafa, he’s a relative unknown, but was stopped by former world champion Peter Quillin in the fifth round in September of 2015 on a nationally-televised bout in North America. Zerafa climbs into the ring with a mark of 25-2 along with 14 Kos. He’s fought 162 rounds since turning pro back in 2011. Zerafa isn’t a big puncher and owns a current knockout ratio of 52 per cent. He stands 5-feet-11-inches tall and has a wingspan of 71.5 inches. This gives him a two-inch edge in height and a 2.5-inch reach advantage.
Zerafa’s other career loss was a unanimous decision at the hands of Arif Magomedov back in October of 2014. Zerafa, who hails from Melbourne, has won several regional and minor titles as a pro, but other than Quillin it’s pretty hard to recognize any of his other opponents. So far he’s captured the WBA Oceania, Commonwealth (British Empire), WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental, and Victoria State Light Middleweight Titles as well as the IBF Pan Pacific Middleweight Championship.
This is another big step up in class for Zerafa and he’s either going to sink or swim. I think Brook’s too good for him though and will eventually overpower him. Zerafa needs to land the perfect punch to win and that’s unlikely. He has the heart to go a few rounds, but Brook should stop him a few rounds before the final bell.
I think Brook’s too quick and powerful for Zerafa.
Play: Brook -9091 @ BetOnline.ag
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