World champion Devon Alexander dismisses Kell Brook as 'nothing special'
World champion Devon Alexander has taken a swipe at Kell Brook by claiming that his challenger is 'nothing special'.
Last Updated: 29/12/12 3:12pm
Brook boasts an unbeaten record and his string of victories have earned him a crack at Alexander for his IBF welterweight title in Detroit on 23 February.
The 26-year-old is nicknamed 'Special K', but Alexander has seen little star quality in his challenger as he prepares for the first defence of the belt he won against Randall Bailey in October.
"I've watched the tapes of his fights," he told the Daily Mirror. "My coach studied the tapes too and we don't see anything special. He's a tough fighter, a tough kid, but we'll be ready.
"He's good, he's hungry, he's young, just like me. But he doesn't have the tools to beat me. My skills are way better."
The St Louis fighter has already beaten Brook's gym stablemate Junior Witter to claim the WBC light-welterweight title in 2009 and is confident he can cope with his opponent's slippery style.
"He's just like another Junior Witter, but he doesn't move as much and he's not as wild," said Alexander.
"In his career, he hasn't fought anybody like me."