KELL Brook is the exciting new kid on the block that many in British boxing predict will be a leading figure among the next generation of world champions.
And nobody wants that more than his trainer Dominic Ingle.
But the Wincobank-based architecht of Brook’s burgeoning ringcraft has been around long enough to know that courage, skill, style and pedigree will only go so far.
To be the complete article at the highest echelons of this ruthless sport, you must also have plenty of experience in going the distance over a full 12 rounds.
Brook’s points win over wily warrior Lovemore N’Dou at Hillsborough in June was the first time the Owlerton, Sheffield welterweight had gone the full distance.
He had been in seven previous bouts planned as 12-rounders, but none had gone longer than seven rounds, thanks to unbeaten Brook’s punching power.
Ingle says: “N’Dou represented a massive step up in class, even though he was 39 years of age. N’Dou was getting on in age but he was a boxer who had been in with the best.
“Six years ago Junior Witter beat him, and if Kell had fought N’Dou when he was that quality he might well have lost.
“But after the first few rounds Kell took full charge and you could see him looking for the KO in the last two. All N’Dou was looking to do at that stage to was survive.
“The good thing about that fight was that N’Dou showed Kell a few tricks that night he’d not seen before and Kell overcame them over the full distance. “Going 12 rounds is an important psychological breakthrough for a boxer - it is not an easy thing to do, despite what some people say.
“Once you have been through it you know you will be capable of doing it again. That sort of experience has to be great preparation and a boost to confidence for any boxer” said Ingle. “You have to gradually build up to becoming a world champion.
“If Kell had two or three more 12 rounders under his belt then he’d be better prepared for a world title fight this time next year.”
Ingle said he was hoping for a domestic title dust-up soon for Shiregreen bantamweight Kid Galahad, (aka Abdul Barry Awad) who, like Junior Witter, boxes on a show in Belfast on September 17.
““He has been sparring some good opponents and we’ll be looking for some kind of title for him” said Ingle of the Qatar-born 21-year-old.
WBO light-heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly will defend his title against Tony Bellew on October 15 in Liverpool, with the winner facing a potential clash with American legend Bernard Hopkins.