Kell Brook maintains record to keep world title dream alive

By Sportsmail Reporter

Kell Brook kept his world title ambitions on course with a comfortable points victory over Lovemore N'Dou at a triumphant Sheffield homecoming.

Unbeaten welterweight Brook moves to 24-0 but was unable to extend a run of eight wins inside the distance against wily veteran N'Dou (48-13-2), who is still yet to be stopped in an 18-year professional career.

Brook, 25, fighting in his home city for the first time in six years, survived some brief early scares to comprehensively outclass the former IBF light-welterweight title champion by scores of 119-110 (twice) and 118-111 on the judges' scorecards.

Model jab: Kell Brook lands a punch on Lovemore N'dou

Model jab: Kell Brook lands a punch on Lovemore N'dou

Victory secured Brook the vacant WBA Inter-Continental belt, but his attentions will now turn towards the welterweight division's major prizes.

In the opener N'Dou set his stall out by loading up on three left hooks. All missed their target though as Brook exhibited the crisper work.

N'Dou's physicality allowed him to shade the second round, but Brook regrouped to land with greater consistency in the third and his sharp combinations illuminated the early stages of the fourth.

The champ: Kell Brook celebrates with his new WBA belt

The champ: Kell Brook celebrates with his new WBA belt

However he was displaying a willingness to engage in N'Dou's kind of fight and a thumping left shipped at the start of round five served as a cautionary tale.

Brook finally heeded trainer Brendan Ingle's pleas to return to the jab and controlled the remainder of the round, before the left lead teed up his most enterprising session in the sixth.

Crackerjack right hands behind Brook's smooth range-finder had N'Dou reeling back towards the ropes, the South African looking every one of his 39 years.

Despite occasional dalliances with trench warfare, Brook's superiority was firmly established through rounds seven and eight.

By the ninth Brook was skipping effervescently round his foe and landing from all angles, but N'Dou came back to land some chopping hooks to the chin on the inside.

Nevertheless, such moments of defiance were becoming all the more infrequent and a beautiful right-uppercut in the 10th from Brook had the home fighter sensing a finish.

Ultimately though, N'Dou's famed survival instincts kicked in down the stretch as wave after waves of punishing Brook attacks were absorbed for him to reach the final bell.