SPIES among Sheffield’s boxing community have watched Kell Brook’s American opponent work out in the city - and believe the local favourite will prevail tomorrow.
American Carson Jones has been training at Glyn Rhodes’ Sheffield Boxing Centre gym in Hillsborough since arriving for the IBF title eliminator at the Arena.
Rhodes said: “You can’t tell everything from watching somebody train, of course. But from what I have seen Jones is a moderate, average fighter. He doesn’t seem to do anything particularly good or particularly bad.
“He doesn’t look flash or explosive. And I can’t see him taking Kell out. I can see Kell stopping him.”
Brook’s stable-mate at Wincobank, Kid Galahad, agrees that Brook can stop the welterweight from Oklahoma.
“Jones looks like he’s a tough fighter, but Kell has been looking really sharp in the gym and punching hard, taking sparring partners out. I have never seen him better than this. He is normally controlled (in sparring) but he has now been toying with them.
“He is not taking this guy lightly though and I think he will knock him out, in either six or eight rounds.”
Brook’s handlers believe they will attract around 7,000 on Saturday to the Arena, which they admit is nearly 3,000 less than his fight with Matthew Hattonk which had the added attraction of a domestic ‘roses’ tear-up.
Brook will have a celebrity guard of honour as he makes his way to the ring before his big fight. His screen idol Sean Bean, ex-Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker and Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine will accompany him at the Arena. Brook is a Blades fan, but socialises with Owls players.
Galahad, the city’s WBC International super bantamweight title holder, expects to be boxing again in September.