‘Nobody has ever done that to me’: Kell Brook admits he is ‘gutted’ after being blown away inside four rounds by Terence Crawford in WBO welterweight title bout
- Terence Crawford beat Kell Brook in their welterweight contest on Saturday
- The American knocked Brook down in the fourth round in their Las Vegas contest
- British fighter Brook led the fight after two rounds but failed to build on his lead
- Brook admits he is gutted by the loss but praised Crawford’s unique display
Kell Brook admits he is gutted after being knocked out by Terence Crawford on Saturday night but heaped praise on his opponent despite the defeat.
The Briton was put down by Crawford in the fourth round of their WBO welterweight title fight this weekend in Las Vegas, despite Brook leading the American in the contest after the opening two rounds.
The 34-year-old welterweight fighter claimed that he has never encountered a performance like Crawford’s before in his career.
Kell Brook (above) admitted he is gutted that he lost to Terence Crawford on Saturday night
Brook (right) was put down by Crawford (left) in the fourth round desoite leading the contest
Brook said: ‘Never in my career, nobody has ever done that to me in sparring or anything. It was one of them… I got caught with a shot I didn’t see.
‘I’m gutted because nobody could’ve gotten me in better condition. I was bang on the limit. Maybe I could’ve been a bit more relaxed and loose and let the shots go.’
The defeat ended a run of three consecutive victories for Brook, who has lost his first fight since May 2017. The Sheffield-born boxer has now suffered three losses in his career, after suffering damaged eye sockets to Errol Spence Junior and Gennady Golovkin in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Sheffield-born Brook (left) admitted that Crawford (right)’s performance was unique to him
Crawford, meanwhile, remains undefeated in his career after 37 fights, having won the last eight contests via either knockout or forcing his opponent to retire.
The American praised Brook for his display at the MGM Arena on Saturday night, though admitted he deserved to beat his opponent.
Crawford said: ‘I was trying to gauge the distance. He had good distance.
Crawford (left) admitted that he deserved to beat Brook but praised his opponent’s display
‘I was trying to find my rhythm in between getting my distance together. That’s why it was so competitive at first. I couldn’t get my shots off.
‘Kell is a tremendous talent. He came and he tried to take my title. He was in shape. He made the weight.
‘There were no excuses to be put on the table. He came off of three wins. He lost to the better man.’
Crawford’s attention will now turn towards a fight with Manny Pacquiao, with a fight potentially taking place in the Middle East.
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