KELL BROOK admits his own opinion on boxing prospect ‘Kid Galahad’ is one heavily influenced by favouritism.
“I really think he is the real deal,” said Sheffield’s unbeaten welterweight champion, before confessing: “Although I am a bit biased.”
The two train at Wincobank’s Ingle gym, where Brook, four years older and substantially more experienced, has always had a soft-spot for the 21-year-old super bantamweight.
“He is like a brother to me,” said Brook of (real name) Abdul Barry Awad. He is a character and he has all the tools to be the next shining star to come out of our gym.
“He has a big fight coming up and I will be at ringside to support him. In fact, I’ll be doing more than that. I’ll have a talk to him beforehnd and be in his ear in the dressing room. I am in big fights now and I’ll be able to give him ideas that will help him.
“His brothers are locked up at the moment, but I will be there to give him advice.”
The fight Brook refers to is Saturday’s WBC International title for which Qatar-born Awad will tackle Jason Booth, at the Magna Centre, Rotherham. Awad, who turns 22 next month, takes a 10-fight unbeaten record into the ring. Four of the victories have been KOs.
Awad might favour an early victory as this encounter against a 34-year-old 44-fight veteran is a scheduled 12-rounder. Awad, whose troubled background includes being kicked out of Myers Grove School, had two knockout victories in 2011 and has quite a following on Channel 5.
He hopes to increase that support by nailing Nottingham’s Booth, who may have lost three out of his last four bouts, but those winners included much fancied Scott Quigg (British champion)and another quality opponent, Kiko Martinez in a European title encounter.
Booth, whose last big success was scooping the British and Commonwealth crown 12 months ago, has 36 victories on his CV. But Shiregreen’s Awad is desperate to follow Naseem Hamed and Manny Pacquiao, who held WBC international titles years ago.
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