Sheffield’s Kell Brook suffered an almighty scare at the hands of Carson Jones before triumphing via a majority points decision at the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday night.
Brook, 26, had been expected to deal with his combustible American foe with ease, however after a leisurely opening half of the fight in which the hometown favourite was barely troubled, Jones awoke in the sixth round and began to apply severe pressure to a visibly tiring Brook.
Jones landed with increasing regularity through rounds six, seven and eight, appearing to break Brook’s nose with a lethal uppercut.
Brook showed intelligence beyond his experience to avoid engaging the relentless American who came into the fight on the back of eight consecutive knockout victories.
The fightback appeared to have been cut short when Brook rediscovered his composure to land two sizeable flurries, however the Englishman seemed content to allow Jones the space to try and force a last gasp stoppage.
And in a tumultuous final stanza Jones nearly did just that. After surrendering the early advantage in the session, Jones landed a massive right hand which left Brook tetering on the brink of a first professional defeat.
However, the unbeaten prospect regained his senses to see out the final seconds and saw his endeavours rewarded with scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 114-114.
Elsewhere on the card, Welshman Gavin Rees defended his European lightweight title with a ninth round stoppage of England’s Derry Matthews. Rees will now be in line for a world title shot in the autumn.
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