KELL Brook may look around the packed Hillsborough Leisure Centre tonight and take stock of his rise towards sporting stardom.
As a schoolboy, the Owlerton lad worked at the Penistone Road pool and gym building as part of his work experience.
Little was he to know then that at the age of 25 he would be top of the bill in a Sky TV boxing show there, facing a former world champion in Lovemore N’Dou.
It may be a surreal experience for Brook - but it is unlikely to deflect his focus from beating the South African and moving
on another step towards a world title. The irony of the choice of venue was not lost on his promoter, Eddie Hearns, who tweeted: “Funny how life pans out ... SpecialKBrook did work experience at H’borough centre as a kid, now he is headlining his own sell-out show there!”
Brook is concentrating his thoughts on forcing the first stoppage in 39-year-old N’Dou’s 63-fight career.
N’Dou clearly has a strong chin,
but Brook, also using Twitter, posted: “Ready for a knockout come Saturday night; opponent never been stopped, first time for everything!”
On the undercard, Sheffield’s Wayne Reed faces former WBC world champion Robin Reid and says he’ll end the 40 year-old’s career.
Both men took part in a Prizefighter tournament in Liverpool and, while Reid crashed out to Tobias Webb, it was the second quarter-final when Reed took on local favourite Joe Ainscough that caused the controversy. The three-round contest was tight until the final stages when Reed floored Ainscough before the final bell, seemingly enough to claim a place in the semi-finals.
But it was not to be, Ainscough took the split decision and Reed’s corner was livid.
Reed has fought since - a points win over fellow Sheffield man Dean Walker in April - and says that it is time to move on from that contentious night in Liverpool.
“After Prizefighter I was in the gym the next morning and I was so angry that I absolutely battered the bags,” said Reed. “But time is a healer; you just have to get on with it.”
As for Reid, the Sheffielder says: “He’s old enough to be my dad! I’m going to end his career; his time has gone. Prizefighter isn’t really made for him; he’s a 12 round fighter who won’t come alive until after three rounds.”
He added: “I’ve been on the weight for weeks so I’m in great shape and after this I’m looking for a contract and an English title shot.”
n Sheffield puncher Adam Etches recorded a first-round knockout victory over Bobby Wood at Meadowhead’s Park Hotel on Thursday while lightweight debutant Scott Jenkins took every round en-route to a comfortable 40-36 points triumph against Dan Carr.