Kell Brook returns from a 15-month absence this weekend when he battles former U.S. marine Mark DeLuca. ‘Special K’ is coming into this fight off of two wins that came back in 2018 against Siarhei Rabchanka and Michael Zerafa. Will he be back to his best on Saturday night?

Brook’s recent troubles

Brook saw his career rocked by consecutive losses to Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. in 2016 and 2017 and after his two latest victories, he took a year out in 2019. He’s admitted that during that time he probably wasn’t ready, stating that he was looking for the big fights but mentally he wasn’t all there.

With so much on the line on Saturday after the two losses, one more defeat could be the end for Special K. He’s flirted with the idea of retirement if he loses again, so it could be the final nail in the coffin.

However, he’s since come back in great shape as he looks to roll back the years and find his form. He’s up against a stiff competitor in DeLuca, an ex-marine with a record of 24-1-0. Thirteen of his wins have come by knockout and his only loss was a split decision to Walter Wright. He went on to redeem himself against Wright when he beat him by unanimous decision shortly after.

Brook strong favourite

Brook walks into this fight as the red-hot favourite at 1/20. DeLuca sits at 8/1 and is looking to cause an upset and potentially end Brook’s career. The Brit should have enough to win this fight comfortably, but as he’s had a year out he could well be rusty.

He can say that he’s feeling the best he’s ever been, but in this fight we’ll see if what he has been saying is true. The Brook of old would have no problem dispatching DeLuca, but this won’t be as easy as many assume. Which Brook will we see?

2020 huge year for Brook?

If Brook was to win this fight, it could be one step closer to him becoming a two-time world champion this year. It may also pave the way for a fight against his rival Amir Khan. An incredible potential fight, it’s what a lot of boxing fans have wanted to see for the past couple of years. If the bout was to happen before the end of the year, Brook would walk into it 8/15 favourite, with Khan 11/8.

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