Live Commentary: Kell Brook vs. Hector Saldivia - as it happened

Live Commentary: Kell Brook vs. Hector Saldivia - as it happened
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Sports Mole brings you live text commentary of Kell Brook's IBF welterweight title eliminator against Hector Saldivia.

Good evening and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of Kell Brook's IBF welterweight title eliminator against Hector Saldivia at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

The winner of tonight's fight will earn a shot at the belt, which Randall Bailey defends against Devon Alexander in New York in the early hours of the morning.

Brook brings an unbeaten 28-fight record to the contest in his hometown, while Saldivia has tasted defeat just twice in 43 fights.

The Sheffield fighter dug deep to win his last fight against Carson Jones, overcoming a broken nose and weary legs to outlast the American on points.

You can follow all the action as it unfolds with us below!

10.50pmThat brings to an end Sports Mole's coverage of this event. Thanks for joining us and come back next time.

10.47pmBoth boxer and promoter seem confident about securing the IBF world title. No doubt they will be keen observers as Randall Bailey defends the strap against Devon Alexander.

10.45pmHearn: "This guy is going to be one of the biggest stars Britian has ever had."

10.44pmBrook: "Look what we've done tonight. That's the final eliminator, I'll fight for the world title. I'll be watching the Randall Bailey fight tonight with greaty interest."

10.43pmBrook: "[After the Carson Jones fight] I went back to the drawing board and brought in a nutriotionist. I've done the hard work."

10.37pmAll eyes will now be on the fight between IBF champion Randall Bailey's defence against Devon Alexander in New York.

10.36pmSaldivia's legs betrayed him as he tried to get up from that left. It was beautifully timed and landed flush.

10.35pmBrook was dominant from start to finish in this contest... for as long as it lasted.

Round 3A sweetly timed left has ended this contest!


End of Round 2First two rounds to Brook. But it was the same story against Carson Jones, and that turned out ot be a close one!

Round 2Saldivia tries to make a move on the inside but is jostled to the canvas like a ragdoll.

Round 2Brook's punches are speedy and accurate. He is bouncing round the ring and looking spritely.

Round 2Brook has maintained his dominance already in this round.

Round 2It was a beautiful straight left that sent Saldivia crashing.

Round 1Brook isn't going in for the kill. He was assured in that first round. then he capped it with the knockdown. He showed his power and timing. This one could be over very shortly.

Round 1With almost the first action of the first round Brook puts the Argentine down!


Round 1We're underway in Sheffield.

10.25pmBrook's is greeted by a quiet appreciation...

10.23pmSaldivia's introduction is greeted by a large chorus of boos.

10.22pmBoth men made their debuts in 2004, but the Argentine has been far more active. Brook has won all 28 of his fights, while Saldivia has lost just twice in 43 fights.

10.20pmThe crowd give their man a good reception. It's a big night for him.

10.19pmSaldivia has made his way to the ring and now Brook is preparing to make his ringwalk.

10.15pmBrook showed a lot of heart to hold on in his last fight. Carson Jones finished strongly and Brook had to go places that he'd never been before. He answered that test and this fight should be a good gauge of how much he learnt.

10.08pmIncidentally, the Mexican fighter defends his title on November 10 against an opponent yet to be named.

10.07pmJamie McDonnell has earned himself a shot at the IBF bantamweight title thanks to a convincing victory over Darwin Zamora. The Doncaster fighter finished the contest in the ninth round to become number one contender for Leo Santa Cruz's strap.

10.02pmKenny Anderson defeated Robin Reid to pick up the vacant British super-middleweight title. He stopped the 41-year-old former world champion in the fifth round. Reid's best days are far behind him, to be fair.

10.01pmLet's update you on tonight's proceedings so far...

10pmGood evening fight fans and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of Kell Brook's IBF welterweight title eliminator between Kell Brook and Hector Saldivia.

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