Bookies expect Kell to show no more love

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Bookies can’t see past unbeaten Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook as he does battle for the WBA Intercontinental title against gritty campaigner Lovemore N’Dou at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre.

Brook is just 1/25 at best with Totesport to get the better of the resilient Sydney-based South African, Sportingbet’s 18/1 underdog while Paddy Power chalk up a draw at 55/1.

However, despite his overwhelming favouritism, the Owlerton scrapper isn’t fancied to KO his durable opponent, Coral quoting the knockout at 13/10 and Ladbrokes making it odds-on at 8/11 for Brook to prevail on the judge’s scorecards.

This is because N’Dou has never been stopped even though he has lost a dozen of his 62 contests and his granite chin even saw him go the distance at light middleweight last time out against Saul Alvarez, the man that broke Ryan Rhodes’ heart in Mexico a week ago.

The visiting fighter is a safe-looking 1/2 courtesy of bet365 to make it to at least the tenth but eager local punters thinking Brook can get his man out of there inside the schedule twelve rounds, can back him at 16/1 (Victor Chandler) to stop N’Dou in the tenth, William Hill rate an eleventh round knockout at 20/1 and it’s 28/1 with Stan James for the 25-year-old to finally take care of business in the final three minutes.

Meanwhile, over in Cologne, Birmingham’s Matthew Macklin faces Felix Sturm for the WBA Super World middleweight title but at 1/3 (Partybets), it’s the German that is the hot favourite, with Macklin 3.5 (5/2) at Betdaq and a crowd-silencing KO from the outsider quoted at 4/1 by Betfred.

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Rotherham trainer Dave Coldwell is not licking his wounds after Rhodes, his top fighter, Rhodes, was outgunned in Mexico, last Sunday, for the WBC light middleweight crown. Coldwell is arranging a winter season opening show on September 23 in Birmingham.