Frankie Gavin will be a much tougher opponent than Jo Jo Dan, says Kell Brook

Kell Brook dismantles Jo Jo Dan in March
Kell Brook dismantles Jo Jo Dan in March
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Kell Brook expects a much more testing night at the office tomorrow than in his previous defence of his IBF world title.

The Sheffield welterweight destroyed Canadian-based Romanian Jo Jo Dan in four rounds at Sheffield Arena on March 28.

The visiting fighter was hopelessly outclassed; he was on the canvas twice in the second round and twice in the fourth.

And while some pundits think he will have too much power for Frankie Gavin on Saturday at the 02 Arena, Brook himself knows he is in for a much more challenging evening.

“I would definitely put Frankie Gain in the world class category” said Brook.

“He will cause me a lot more problems than Jo Jo Dan did. I came through that fight without any injuries and was straight back in the gym. Momentum is with me.

“I want to make up for lost time and told Eddie (Hearn; promoter) that I wanted to keep active.

“Frankie has got a good boxing brain, and I am going to have to scramble it.”

Brook has shrugged off speculation that he might meet Brandon Rios on August 8 saying: “I won’t take me eye off what I have in front of me.”

* Beighton’s Ross Burkinshaw makes his debut appearance on Spike TV on Saturday.

He fights South African Klaas Mboyane for the WBO Inter-Continental bantamweight title at Rotherham’s Magna Centre, with the action shown live and free on the digital TV channel.

“It’s Spike TV’s first live boxing event and I want to put on a great show,” explained Ross.

“It’s all about winning though. I’ve put shows on in the past and sometimes, if you put too much pressure on yourself, it doesn’t go in your favour. So, whatever I need to do on Saturday to win the fight, that’s what I’m going to do.”

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