Star Opinion: Kell Brook is made in the Steel City

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Kell Brook nights at the Arena are awesome – a true sporting feast for Sheffielders, whether they are boxing aficionados or not.

Previously, the champion has filled the Arena stands as he left Roses rival Matthew Hatton, then Carson Jones, Hector Saldivia and Vyacheslav Senchenko firmly in his wake.

On Saturday, as a fully fledged world champion, Kell pummelled Romanian-born Jo Jo Dan with a devastating show of power.

But his real triumph wasn’t just the successful defence of his much treasured IBF welterweight belt.

It was the strengthening of the connection between the kid who grew up in humble beginnings in Shirecliffe, to those who still live in those streets, and others like them, now.

Kell is a champion made in Sheffield.

The welterweight may go on to bigger things, like a Wembley meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios, or eventually Amir Khan. Or even better,in financial terms, an American showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao.

But for that noise, that backing, that astonishingly warm support - you cannot beat Sheffield.

Home is where the heart is for our Wincobank warrior.