WHEN Stuart Brookes warms up, he glances at brother Scott on the walls of the Empress Ballroom gym and his determination to become a champion is cranked up a notch.
It is over four years now since younger brother and fellow boxer Scott’s death in a car accident. The pain is still raw for the middleweight but he is back on track in his bid to win a British title.
Mexborough ace Brookes, aged 29, was naturally ring rusty in his last outing. He edged a scrappy bout with Steve Spence late last year in his first fight since 2008. He believes he will look better against unbeaten Hungarian Attila Tibor Nagy on Friday night at the Doncaster Dome.
Brookes told The Star: “I feel completely better than I did last time and I feel stronger and ready.
“The weight is fine and I’m sure he’s going to come to win which will make it exciting. It’s all going to work in my favour as he’ll walk onto shots. He’s knocked a few people out so it’s risky.”
Should Brookes pick up a win, he can look forward to a title fight in September in a bumper show that trainer and promoter Stefy Bull is planning. It will be for a title and then Brookes’ dream Lonsdale belt won’t be a million miles away.
“I want to make everybody proud and that includes those who come to watch me,” he said. “I’m looking to fight Harry Matthews for a title on the next show. I saw him against Chris Eubank Junior and there’s nothing to be afraid of.
“I’m better than Liam Cameron and Eubank anyway. I wouldn’t be in boxing if I thought somebody could beat me. The British title has always been the dream. I do believe I’m the best and I want the title for Mexborough and Scott.”
Rotherham fighter Chad Gaynor is a late addition to Dave Coldwell’s Magna show on the same night.