Sheffield’s Kell Brook went 12 heroic rounds with American world champion Shawn Porter in the early hours today to sensationally claim the IBF world welterweight title.
The Brit recorded a history-defining majority decision in America. (114-114, 116-112, 117-111.)
Ironically, the judge who had deemed it a draw was from Leeds!
Brook said: “It may have looked scrappy, I am normally more slick.
“But I did what I needed to do. Now you will see me in some mega, mega fights. Amir Khan can get in the queue - I am the top dog in England.”
The South Yorkshireman later amended that, by telling Khan: “You’re having it, boy.”
Brook pointed out he was the first Brit to win a world title for the first time since Lloyd Honeyghan.
Yet Porter had taken charge of the early rounds with Brook cut above the left eye following a head clash.
But the American, who had been bristling with offensive threat, suffered a similar wound in the sixth.
And from that moment onwards Brook did much the better work, with some precisely-delivered head shots.
The reigning champion at 147-pounds simply could not find the bullish aggression he’d earlier displayed.
An emotion-charged Brook sunk to the canvas when the majority decision was announced at the StubHub centre, California.
Porter said his first career loss meant he had to go back to the drawing board.
Khan said Brook had now earned his way to fight him - and he’d “love to have that fight. I will sit down with my team and see where we go from here.”
Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes predicted a Khan v Brook contest would fill a football stadium.
Earlier, Hull’s Luke Campbell, a 26-year-old lightweight, stopped Steve Trumble in the second round with a damaging body shot in the same 8,000-seater.
Campbell had decked the American earlier in the round, a right hook landing on the awkward, seemingly unskilled home fighter.