Kell aims to tame Big Bear again

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KELL Brook knows the honour of The Big Bear gym is at stake next Saturday.

The world famous boxing institution in California was the place that American Carson Jones trained at before finishing a close second to Brook last July.

In one sense, Jones’ training camp at had been the superior one in that he lasted the distance while Brook faded.

But the Sheffielder had done enough in the early rounds to take the points.

Now Big Bear have been training a second fighter to go one better and dent Brook’s unbeaten record.

They have honed Argentine’s Hector Saldivia into what they consider will be match-winning shape for his IBF welterweight title eliminator at Sheffield Arena.

Brook acknowledged: “He’s been quoted as saying he is going to come over here and KO me as he doesn’t want it to go 12 rounds and I know he is very tough and can whack.

“He will have been training at Freddie Roach’s gym so he is 100 per cent and it is their second opportunity to get the better of me.

“I respect my opponent because he has earned his right to get this far” said the 26-year-old Sheffielder.

“He is a come forward pressure fighter who throws lots of hard shots.

“With 32 KOs he has had more stoppages than I have had pro fights (28.)

“He is very weathered, has had lots of fights and he is old school and I respect that.

“But the title of the show is ‘This is It’ and this really is it. And I am ready for it. He has never been in with anyone like me and won’t have matched the motivation and strength of my training camp. It was my best ever, my recovery time is great and if I had to go 15 rounds I would be happy to.

“If I have to fight or box, or both I will do it, whatever it takes to win” promised Brook.

Other bouts on the Brook undercard at the Arena are: Bantam: Jamie McDonnellv Darwin Zamora, super middle: Robin Reid v Kenny Anderson, (British title) super bantam: Khalid Yafai v Scott Gladwin light welter: Scott Cardle v Karim Aliliche lightweight: Martin J. Ward v Ibrar Riyaz heavyweight: David Howe v Hastings Rasani light welter: Danny Phillips v Billy Smith light welter: Tyrone Nurse v TBA.