Sheffield boxing: southpaw opponent will do nicely for Kell Brook

(l-r) Gavin McDonnell, Kell Brook and Adam Etches at a press conference to announce Kell Brook's opponent for his first world title defence . Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Gavin McDonnell, Kell Brook and Adam Etches at a press conference to announce Kell Brook's opponent for his first world title defence . Picture: Andrew Roe

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Many orthodox boxers struggle with southpaws - but not world champion Kell Brook.

Some of his fondest memories, moving up the domestic rankings, came against ‘lefties’

And the Sheffield welterweight is determined he will have the same success when he takes on Jo Jo Dan on March 28 at Sheffield Arena, in a defence of his IBF belt.

Looking back at his successes against southpaws he recalled: “Maybe the best was against (Paisley’s) Kevin McIntyre.

“I was supposed to box him and he got injured so I fought a southpaw from Wales (Barrie Jones, June 2008) I stopped him (seventh round, to win the British welterweight title) and then went up to Scotland to fight McIntyre (five months later.

“Everybody thought I’d lose in his own backyard.

But I beat him (first round KO) and then went on to fight two more southpaws in a row (Stuart Elwell, Michael Lomas) and stopped them.

“So that was four in all, a lot of people have problem with southpaws, but I don’t!”

Brook said he hadn’t seen any video clips of the Romanian challenger. “I am never a guy to study my opponents. I always seem to manage.”

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