Kell Brook
Brook took little time to show his class against a woeful Bizier. Getty Images

Kell Brook sent a message to Danny Garcia and Timothy Bradley after completing the third defence of his IBF world welterweight title with a routine second round stoppage of Kevin Bizier in Sheffield. The Briton made short work of number one contender Bizier just just four-and-a-half minutes, twice knocking down Bizier without barely breaking sweat on his return to his home city.

In his first appearance for 10 months after pulling out of a fight with Diego Chaves through injury, Brook produced another fine display which should propel him towards a career-defining bout before the end of the year. Brook knocked Bizier down twice - for the first time in his career - in the second round having drawn blood from his opponent before the fight was mercifully stopped.

"I want those big fights, I've got the mandatory out of the way," he told Sky Sport. "Me and Eddie [Hearn] are going to get the big fights. I have got the power that can knock heavyweights out and that is what we have to do now, make a big fight and I need that bit between my teeth.

"I'd love that WBC belt; Danny Garcia. I'd love that fight. Timothy Bradley is fighting Manny Pacquiao. You've got Shaun Porter, any of them would be very exciting. Let's unify the division and in time we will move up."

Though installed as the main contender for the IBF crown, Bizier was expected to represent nothing more than cannon-fodder for Brook who had made no secret of his desire to look beyond the mandatory challenger in the lead up to the fight. The Canadian Bizier had lost just two of his 27 professional fights but his losses to Jo Jo Dan - who was dominated by Brook 12 months ago - represented a major blotch on his copybook.

Brook had taken just four rounds to see off Dan in March 2015 and needed another comfortable win to catapult him towards big-name fights across the pond. Victory over fellow Briton Frankie Gavin last summer was completed with a flourish and a repeat performance would send a warning to potential suitors; including rival Amir Khan.

If the tale of the tap did not highlight the chasim in class between both fighters, then the openign exchanges certainly did. Brook dominated the opening round before catching Bizier on the nose which saw blood engulf the Canadian's face. The writing was on the wall for the 31-year-old and Brook made short work of him before the end of the second round, flooring him twice before the referee was forced to call a halt to proceedings in an anticlimactic, yet anticipated finale.