Kell Brook is ready to become Sheffield’s world champ

Confident: McAssey believes Brook has learned from mistakes.
Confident: McAssey believes Brook has learned from mistakes.
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KELL BROOK is slim, honed and ready to go weeks ahead of schedule before his IBF welterweight title final eliminator at Sheffield Arena on October 20.

That’s according to gym-mate Tom McAssey who has been an admirer of Brook’s determination to succeed following a below par performance against Carson Jones last month.

Kell Brook

Kell Brook

Brook has a new back room sports science and nutrition team now to guide him towards his collision with Argentine Hector Saldivia.

And its working a treat, says McAssey, who himself is in action, at Magna Centre, Rotherham on October 5.

“Before other shows Kell has cruised his way towards the fight” said McAssey.

“It was almost like he’d taken winning for granted because he was so confident he’ll be a world champion. He thought he’d win it, too easily.

“Now it’s like he’s had a wake up call and knows he has to put the work in.

“He looks like he is in the shape now that he normally is just a couple of weeks before a fight. He isn’t carrying half as much weight as he used to. He’s learned from listening to the right people.”

McAssey, while only a 20-year-old novice middleweight, has been at the Ingle gym since he was 14 and has sparred frequently with Brook and world super middleweight champion Carl Froch.

“Kell is the most difficult of the two to spar with, because of his speed and head movement. Carl is a bit slower. But it is great for me because I am in with world rated fighters and they are not beating me up!”

McAssey says the recent Olympic successes in London will do boxing the power of good in this country.

Nicola Adams, a 29-year-old flyweight from Leeds became the first woman in history to win an Olympic boxing medal. “Nicola trained at our gym and became craftier and better as she went along. I was really pleased for her and Anthony Joshua.”

The Shirecliffe southpaw had a 24-fight amateur record befor turning pro in May.

His paid career started with a Hillsborough Leisure Centre points win, on the undercard of his pal Kid Galahad.

He has known Galahad, who is two years older, since their time together at Hinde House School.

McAssey is another living example to how the Ingle gym in Wincobank has turned round the lives of youngsters from sometimes unsettled backgrounds.

“When I was 14, I was small, overweight and had no confidence” he says.”A lot of kids in my area were taking drugs. Day in day out I saw them at it. They robbed cars and burgled houses to pay for drugs. One day I was with a group of lads who had drugs on them and we were all arrested. I was given a police caution.

“It was a wake-up call for me and I joined Brendan’s gym soon after.”