Sheffield boxer must conquer his demons says Kell Brook

Boxer Lee Duncan at St Thomas Gym, Newman Road, Wincobank. In training with Brendan Ingle
Boxer Lee Duncan at St Thomas Gym, Newman Road, Wincobank. In training with Brendan Ingle
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World champion candidate Kell Brook has bestowed his own title on Lee Duncan - installing him as the craftiest boxer in the Ingle gym!

Brook broke off preparations for his “keep busy” fight on Saturday against Mexican Alvaro Robles to boost the confidence of Duncan, who competes in a new televised competition this month. “He is trickiest boxer in our gym- even more tricky than Junior Witter” said Brook.

“Nobody can hit him! And he can be very dangerous when his mind is switched on.”

Brook feels Duncan may have held himself back in the same way a young Johnny Nelson did. “There is a mental thing with Lee, like there was with Johnny. He has got his demons. If he can conquer them he will go far.

“When I started as an amateur I got beat in my first fight and for an 11 year old the second one was hard to get your head around. I did it though and started winning. I will be interested to see if Lee’s mind clicks in to place.”

Light heavyweight Duncan is taking part in the ‘MaxiNutrition Knockout’ tournament where fighters compete through quarter finals, semis and the final for a trophy. Duncan, 25, fights at Ponds Forge against Preston’s Matty Clarkson on March 22, the show featuring Kid Galahad’s European title tilt with Sergio Prado.

Duncan said: “Everybody is going to have to be in good shape. I think I’m the youngest in the contest, so I’m fresh and a danger man.

“My main rival is Bob Ajisafe, he’s my chief sparring partner and we’re good friends but I think he has the best chance out of all my competition. We fought in the amateurs, I know what Bob’s capable of.

“Coming into this Channel 5 and Mick Hennessy show, it’s really exciting.

“I’m bringing in a new niche to the market with my style - it’s rare, I’m a good mover, so people come to fight because if they come to box I’m their worst nightmare. I’m good at making people miss and I’m a good counter puncher.

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