NO BOXER this weekend will be fighting with the same emotion as Stuart Brookes.
The Mexborough middleweight, aged 29, hasn’t boxed since his younger brother Scott, also a boxer, was killed in a road accident in Swinton back in 2008.
The tragedy hit Stuart and his family hard and he only got back into his lifelong sport earlier this year.
Now fully fit, he’s ready for his 12th contest as a pro at the Doncaster Dome on Friday and he thinks it’ll be his hardest challenge yet against Brighton’s Iain Jackson (W2, L7, D1).
He told The Star: “If I’m telling the truth this is going to be my toughest fight ever and I just need to get my eye back in and the fight over and done with.
“It’s going to be hard with Scott not there. He was always in the dressing room at my fights or fighting on the same show and it won’t be the same without him.
“There’s going to be a lot of emotion but I’m going to have to try and control it and take my time with my opponent.”
Unlike most of the other fighters on the show, Brookes is an experienced pro and a former British Masters title holder.
‘The Bomb’ is unbeaten in eleven so far and can also boast about having boxed in Las Vegas.
Brookes, who works as a support worker, is determined to win a title in honour of his brother and former trainer Eric Walker, who died earlier this year and believes he’s in the right hands with new trainer Stefy Bull.
“It’s every boxer’s dream to go over to America and fight, especially in Las Vegas and it was an absolutely brilliant experience and I’ll get to talk about it for the rest of my life,” he said.
“I want those sorts of experiences again because I’ve only had a taste of it and I really want to get back up the rankings and fight for a British title.
“I believe champions breed champions and Jamie McDonnell has done ever so well out of our gym and we all want to match what he’s achieved.”
Anthony Crolla and Willie Limond would prefer to avoid fighting one another this month but will put friendship aside for the sake of the British lightweight title.
Limond welcomed Crolla into his home when the Mancunian travelled to Glasgow for a training stint early in his career.
But the champion will not be afforded such a warm reception when he meets the Scot again in Motherwell on November 25.
Crolla could not refuse his friend the chance to fight for the British title, which he won in February when he stopped John Watson in Liverpool.
Crolla, 24, said: “Me and Willie met three years ago. I went up to Glasgow to spar with Ricky Burns.
Willie put me up for the week. You meet a lot of nice people in boxing and Willie is right up there; he’s one of the nicest people in the game.”