Ring rival’s ‘boy’ blast at Brook

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KELL Brook has been slurred as a “boy” who has fought no-one of any pedigree by the rival who stands in his way of a shot at the WBA world title.

Brook, aged 25, faces 39-year-old veteran Lovemore N’Dou at Hillsborough Leisure Centre on June 25 in a fight for the WBA Inter-Continental title.

Owlerton welterweight Brook has already stated his desire to inflict a first KO defeat on N’Dou, who will be competing in his 63rd pro fight in a bruising 18-year career.

That aspiration has clearly inflamed the South African who said: “I’m the master in the sport of boxing; many tried before and failed.

“They talk of Brook as the next big thing from the UK but to be quite honest, I don’t know anything about him. I don’t even know of any big-name fighter he has fought before.

“The real reason I’m fighting this boy is because he is rated No 2 by the WBO. Victory will pave the way to fighting for the title, which is held by Manny Pacquiao,” he told a Sowetan newspaper.

In December, N’Dou was outpointed by light middleweight world champion Saul Alvarez - the Mexican who will face Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes for a world championship bout in 19 days.

N’Dou - who was beaten by South Yorkshire’s Junior Witter in Los Angeles in 2005 - has never won in Britain; he lost to Paulie Malignaggi in 2008 and drew with Matthew Hatton in 2009.

Brook, an Ingle boxer, is supremely confident he can not only defeat the Australia- based boxer but force that elusive, first-ever stoppage as well.

The Sheffielder has ended matches early on his last eight occasions, including three WBO inter-continental title battles. The fight will be screened on Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, Renishaw middleweight Jez Wilson is being lined up for a Commonwealth title shot this year.