Gym pals help Kell prepare for fight

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Kell Brook hasn’t felt the need to import any specialist sparring operators to get him in tune for Saturday’s fight with Mexican Alvaro Robles.

There has been enough skilled and rugged operators at the Ingle gym in Sheffield to keep Brook ticking over just fine.

“All my sparring partners have worked me hard. They have all got their own purpose and make me do different things.

“Some are better pressure fighters than others, some have a strong jab. It gives me different things to work on. It’s been a good camp.”

As usual, Brook has seen little of his welterweight opponent on video, preferring his trainer Dom Ingle to prepare strategy.

“I don’t get obsessed with an opponent. I can adapt to any style I have been doing that since I was nine. He won’t have anything I won’t have seen before.”

Brook fights Robles at Liverpool Arena on Saturday as a precursor to a world title showdown.

Meanwhile Sheffield light middleweight Tom McAssey says he is “feeling good and confident, strong and fit” ahead of his undercard fight at Ponds Forge Leisure Centre on March 22 against an unknown opponent.

McAssey, 22, hasn’t boxed since September and says: “I should have been out before but having a hand injury I couldn’t risk it really.

“Had I boxed it could have made it worse and it could have been putting me out for 12 months.

“It was a metacarpal injury, but it seems ok now I can’t wait There are a few of us on the bill and obviously Barry Awad fights for the European title so I’m looking forward to it. Everyone is focussed and to schedule. I’m improving all the time and I’m looking forward to showing that” said McAssey, who has a four fight unbeaten record.