Las Vegas Boxing Odds: Kell Brook vs Carson Jones Saturday July 7th
Thursday, July 05, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Rising British welterweight fighter Kell Brook is expected to get a shot at the IBF welterweight title if Brook can, as expected, beat American Carson Jones on Saturday in England. Brook is a big -850 favorite for the bout on Bovada Sportsbook's Las Vegas Boxing Odds, with the over/under rounds set at 9.5.
The 26-year-old Brook (27-0, 18 KOs) is coming off an impressive and lopsided decision win against countryman and former European welterweight champ Matthew Hatton on March 17 to win the IBF “international” welterweight belt. That bout took place at the same Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield where Saturday’s fight will be held, so Brook will have the hometown edge.
Jones (34-8-2, 24 KOs), 25, is riding an eight-fight winning streak -- all by knockout, including stoppages of Allen Conyers and 2000 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Ricardo Williams Jr. Jones has vowed to "beat the hell” out of Brook and make the Brit's face "look nasty." Brook has countered by warning his rival he is ready to show his "nasty" side, promising a knockout and calling Jones a quitter.
Jones, who holds the USBA welterweight title, is rated No. 3 among welterweights by the IBF, while Brook is No. 4. However, Jones has never in his career met anyone in the Top 20. The title is currently held by Randall Bailey, who stunned previously unbeaten Mike Jones in June on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley undercard. Bailey will make his first title defense on Sept. 8 against Devon Alexander.
The Brook-Jones winner would then likely fight the Bailey-Alexander winner. Jones has also made noise about potentially fighting another Brit, Amir Khan, next. Jones had been considered as an opponent for Khan after his fight with Lamont Peterson was cancelled when Peterson tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Khan is fighting Danny Garcia for the WBC light welterweight title on July 14 in Las Vegas.
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