SHEFFIELD boxer Kell Brook says he’s within touching distance of a world title and he’ll be even closer after beating Carson Jones on Satuirday night.
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Brook may be destined for the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip but a lad from Rotherham is helping him to get there.
For the fourth time, Brook has called upon Thrybergh’s unbeaten light-welterweight Chad Gaynor as his main sparring partner ahead of his Saturday night IBF title eliminator against Carson Jones.
Gaynor, aged 21, has won eight in a row as a professional and is considered to have a big punch on him.
Brook used him to prepare for his fights last year with Lovemore Ndou, Rafal Jackiewicz and his American debut against Luis Galarza.
Brook and Gaynor again locked horns last week and after their final session, Gaynor concluded that he doesn’t fancy Jones’ chances on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena.
“I would not want to be the one up against Kell, that’s for sure,” said Gaynor.
“Kell’s looking so sharp and he’s starting so quick. In the past he used to start slow but there’s a big difference this time around.
“He’s definitely improved since our first spar and it’s improved me as a fighter too.
“He’s so up for it and I think he wants to get shut of him early and make a big impression.”
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn agreed. A stoppage win over the Oklahoman Jones would more than likely thrust him into a world title shot against the ageing American Randall Bailey or Devon Alexander, the conqueror of Brook’s stablemate Junior Witter.
“This is an absolute must win fight for both fighters,” said Hearn. “We know what Carson brings to the table and he’s ranked higher than Kell. It’s going to be an explosive fight and one that can’t be missed.
“We’ve tried to step up the opponents time and time again and after one or two rounds they’re in their shell but I don’t think we’re going to see that from Carson.” The next talent off the Ingle gym production line, Sam O’maison will face Johnny Greaves at lightweight in his second professional outing on a packed undercard that features two European title fights.