Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook wins on US debut

Kell Brook
Brook is now undefeated in 26 professional bouts stretching back to 2004

Sheffield welterweight prospect Kell Brook announced himself to a US audience with a fifth-round stoppage of Puerto Rican Luis Galarza.

Brook, fighting on the undercard of Carl Froch-Andre Ward in Atlantic City, had Galarza in trouble in round one.

And while Galarza showed good heart to survive as long as he did, he finally crumpled under the sheer volume and variety of Brook's punches.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said Brook would fight for a world title in 2012.

However, the welterweight division is brimming with world-class talent, with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in possession of two of the four major titles.

The 25-year-old Brook, a former stable-mate of Naseem Hamed, is also keen on a match with former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan, who has spoken of moving up a division.

"I've always boxed in Britain so to have been here [in the United States] on a massive show is a great feeling," said Brook, who is now unbeaten in 26 fights.

"You'll be seeing me here again and there will be an even better performance.

"Boxing fans all round the world were watching this, I've hit a new audience now.

"There's no rush to go for a world title, it's about being brought on at the right pace and I trust Eddie Hearn and the team to get me there in the right way.

"It's only a matter of time but I'm not panicking."

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