Brook admitted as much before squaring up to the mandatory challenger for his IBF welterweight title and someone who, quite frankly, is not in his class. Focus and get the job done, that was the champion’s message to himself and that is exactly what he did.
It took Brook only two rounds to beat Bizier and complete a third successful defence of the crown he won by overcoming Shawn Porter in California two years ago.
The champion was in control from the first bell and floored Bizier with a thudding right that turned his legs before sending him to the canvas again with a barrage of shots. It was done and dusted inside five minutes and 15 seconds as Brook won by TKO to extend his record to 36-0-0.
Bizier earned his mandatory shot having overcome the previously unbeaten Fredrick Lawson via a 10th round TKO in Miami last November and so was fully deserving, as well as hungry, for this shot at Brook’s title. But given the 31-year-old’s two defeats on his 25-2-0 record had come against the Canada-based Romanian Jo Jo Dan, a man who Brook comfortably beat inside four rounds at this venue 12 months ago, this was always going to be something of a mismatch.
The bookmakers certainly saw it that way, making the Sheffield man 1/16 favourite to steal the show in the Steel City. And that is what he did in front of a raucous, sellout crowd.
For Brook this was also a chance to release some frustration given he had not fought for 10 months and after his last scheduled bout, against the Argentinian Diego Chaves last October, had to be cancelled when the 29-year-old picked up a rib injury in sparring.
The interim also saw his long-mooted fight with Amir Khan slip further into the distance following his British rival’s decision to take on the Mexican Saúl Álvarez in a catchweight fight in Las Vegas on 7 May.
The champion had promised a “war” but was initially able to fight comfortably off the back foot against a man with a reputation for being a front-foot fighter and having vowed to “apply constant pressure” to his opponent, was as good as his word.
But Bizier could get nowhere near Brook as he slipped out of danger with ease and peppered his opponent with a jackhammer of a jab on regular occasions. By the end of the first round, Bizier’s face was red, while a cut had opened up on his left cheek. This, remember, was after just three minutes of the fight.
The end was nigh and came in the next round as Brook stunned Bizier with a sharp left before flooring him twice in quick succession. The man from Quebec took an eight count the first time around but was not given the chance to recover by the referee, Marcus McDonnell, on the second occasion
Attention turns to Brook’s next fight and specifically his desire to be involved in a summer “blockbuster”, ideally at Bramall Lane, that will rank him as the best welterweight on the planet.
Khan is the desired opponent but his decision to face Álvarez, allied to observing Ramadan until the start of July, means alternatives need to be considered. The WBC champion Danny García has been mentioned by Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who also raised the possibility of his man taking on Timothy Bradley should he beat Manny Pacquiao when they meet at the MGM Grand on 9 April.
Luke Campbell beat his fellow Yorkshireman Gary Sykes in emphatic style to win the Commonwealth lightweight title.
This was Campbell’s first bout since losing to the Frenchman Yvan Mendy in London last December, since when he has left his family behind in Hull and set up camp in Florida with new trainer Jorge Rubio in order to make up for the only defeat on his 13 fight professional career. It paid off as the 28-year-old southpaw wrapped up victory inside two rounds.
After a cagey opening three minutes, Campbell floored Sykes with a looping left hand to the top of the head and refused to relent, unloading a barrages of punches to Sykes’ body as he fell against the ropes. The 32-year-old from Dewsbury, who has beaten Anthony Crolla and Tommy Coyle, had no response and his corner threw the towel in second.
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