Sheffield boxing champion Kell Brook united his family after tragedy

Kell Brook, wearing the shorts bearing his uncle's nickname
Kell Brook, wearing the shorts bearing his uncle's nickname
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Kell Brook’s family says they are thrilled that the boxer dedicated his last victory to his uncle, who died during training for the Jo Jo Dan victory.

The world champion lost his 50-year-old uncle Steven, known as Bonzo, in the run-up to the fight.

One of Kell’s other uncles, Johnny, said: “It was a terrible blow for the family, as he died suddenly. But Kell had his name on his shorts and dedicated the win to him, a lovely gesture.

“The tragedy could have destroyed the family but what Kell did brought us all back together.”

Meanwhile Brook continues to campaign for a fight with Amir Khan. “It’s not about money for me. It’s about everywhere I go, (people asking) ‘when are you going to fight him?’.

“It’s public demand now. I think that he’s getting forced in to this fight.”

Brook defended his world title with a four-round demolition job of mandatory challenger Dan and is supremely confident he could do a similar job on Khan, whose much-maligned chin is still considered to be a major weakness.

“He’s been knocked down to the canvas by super-featherweights in his career” said Brook.

“He’s fighting a big, strong welterweight in myself who’s a world champion, who’s very confident, who’s never lost, who’s determined to flatten him.

“Don’t get me wrong, Khan is a very, very, very good fighter; very fast hands, most definitely the fastest hands I will have been in with. But the fact is when I connect on his chin, it’s good night Vienna.”

Khan, though, is chasing a showdown with the winner of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight and told Brook on Tuesday that he would have to wait his turn.

“I’d love to fight Kell Brook because it could be his last fight - I’d give him so much of a beating that it could end up being his last fight,” Khan told Sky Sports.

“Maybe he wants it because he knows that one fight against me will financially secure him for the rest of his life.

“But it’s all about timing. If I’ve got a different route and I want to face the likes of Mayweather or Pacquiao out there; Kell Brook will have to wait.

‘’It’ll happen one day and if Kell really wants to fight me, I’ll fight him, but the winner takes all. I’ll do a huge bonus because I know he’s going to lose the fight.”