Kell Brook to earn his stripes against Tiger

Stand-off: Brook and Jones
Stand-off: Brook and Jones
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KELL BROOK may have to tame “The Tiger” if he overcomes American rival Carson Jones at Sheffield Arena on July 7.

The IBF organisation has officially sanctioned the Brook v Jones duel as a voluntary eliminator for the number two position at welterweight, on the understanding that the winner will take on Hector Saldivia.

The current IBF pecking order is Jones rated at number three, Saldivia, four and, Brook, five. Californian-based Argentinian Saldivia fights under the nickname of ‘El Tigre.’

He has quite a bite too...he has won 41 of 43 fights and has a 74 per cent KO ratio.

However Brook has enough on his plate focusing on Carson without considering Saldivia.

Meanwhile, Birley’s Adam Etches is chasing his fourth knockout in a row this Saturday.

The middleweight, aged 21, faces Hungarian Ferenc Zold at the Manchester Velodrome, on a bill in which Ryan Rhodes seeks to regain his European light middleweight title against Belarussian Sergey Rabchenko.

Etches has stopped six out of eight in an unblemished start to his professional career. Zold (W15, L10) has never fought in England before and Etches wants to ensure he’ll think twice about coming here again.

“Of course I’ll be after another knockout,” said Etches. “I think the power is something you’re just born with because I’ve always seemed to have it. I won’t go looking for the KO, though. As long as I box well the Ingles will be happy.”

Etches, alongside Intake lightweight Scott Jenkins, will fight again at the Hilton Hotel, Norton, on July 14.