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Kell Brook v Mark DeLuca: British boxer wins by knockout on return to ring


Kell Brook made a victorious return to the ring by knocking out American Mark DeLuca in the seventh round at his hometown Sheffield Arena.

Brook, who had spent 14 months out of the ring, dominated former US marine DeLuca, 31, from the start.

He knocked his opponent down in the third round before a shuddering left hook ended the bout in the seventh.

“This is my last chance and 2020 is my year,” said Brook, who has endured a testing period since 2016.

In that time he has broken both eye sockets and given up his world welterweight title to Errol Spence Jr in a dramatic fight at Bramall Lane in 2017.

His last outing was an underwhelming points win over Australian Michael Zerafa in December 2018.

“You always question yourself, I believe in what I’ve been doing in the gym,” added Brook. “I’m a new kid, a different person.”

DeLuca, who has served in Afghanistan, had been beaten just once going into the bout but this was a step up in class too far for him.

On a potential fight with fellow Briton Liam Smith, who was watching at ringside, Brook said: “I don’t shy away from any fighter, I have a lot of respect for him, we sparred and if it is anything like that it will be a good fight.

“I love the Smith family, when we get in there it’s business.”

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