Kell faces Mexican warm-up challenge

Kell Brook, trainer Dom Ingle and his Dad celebrate after his win over South American Hector Saldivia
Kell Brook, trainer Dom Ingle and his Dad celebrate after his win over South American Hector Saldivia
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Kell Brook is the face a Mexican for the first time -as he heads towards his world title showdown.

The Sheffield welterweight will take on knock-out specialist Alvaro Robles [record: W17(15kos)-L2] in Liverpool on Saturday week. Robles, nicknamed Tyson, likes to end his fights early and Brook, who has not boxed since his fourth round defeat of Vyacheslav Senchenko in October, will have to be on his guard.

Brook is mandatory challenger for the IBF belt, worn by Shawn Porter. IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker will be notifying Porter to start negotiations with Brook on April 7.”

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn continues is pursuit of Amir Khan, though. “Kell would knock Khan out” said Hearn. “Now it’s time to try to make the fight. That’s the hard part. I have spoken to Golden Boy Promotions, Khan’s people in the US, and made an offer of $5m. I’m not sure if it will happen this summer because Khan seems to be under the impression that he’s above fighting Kell.”

n Jason Robinson may have to learn from the Curtis Woodhouse school of boxing if he is to succeed, professionally. The 22-year-old lightweight takes part in his sixth contest, at Doncaster Dome, on Saturday, hoping to improve a record featuring a loss and a draw.

Part of the “Ginger Rocket’s” problem has been a desire to rush in all guns blazing, a tactic which saw him outpointed by journeyman Michael Stupart in Sheffield in December. Fight fans may see a more intelligent approach when he faces Newark’s unbeaten Fergus Taylor this weekend. The pair contest the British Masters Bronze title, over eight rounds. Robinson is hoping to adapt his style in the same way British champion Woodhouse did, turning from brawler to boxer.

“When I get into a war in sparring now my trainer pulls me up and tells me to concentrate on my boxing” said the Bolsover prospect. “I rushed my work in the past but now I’m not going out looking for a quick stoppage but to box properly.”

He added: “I have had sparring for this against some top opponents, people with unbeaten records.

“Taylor hasn’t lost so he’s probably favourite, but that doesn’t worry me, I have nothing to lose.

“I have learned a lot since going about things the wrong way against Stupart, I didn’t get my tactics right. I will get it right from now on.”