Sam Sheedy has felt some of the Kell Brook power that will be directed at Jo Jo Dan on Saturday.
Sheedy, a Sheffield southpaw, was a sparring partner for world champion Brook at the Ingle gym a few days ago.
And he believes the IBF welterweight king is on course to successfully defend his title against the Romanian at Sheffield Arena.
“It was a great experience sparring with Kell” said Sheedy, who hopes to be taking part in a Commonwealth light middleweight eliminator on April 26.
“I have been out of action, letting an injury settle, so not as fit as Kell who is sharp. But the main thing about Kell is that in sparring he changes from a pal to a predator.
“I tend to joke around in sparring and mess about with the Ali shuffle and stuff. I am not serious and people say that is a bad thing about me, but he certainly is. He and his corner didn’t want to talk to me!
“I might not be the world’s best boxer but I am tricky and awkward and can cause even someone even as good as Kell problems” said unbeaten Sheedy, 26.
“He caught me clean a few times, showing why he is a world champion and a great fighter. His shots are hard. I caught him too, but he jumped on me a few times and I felt his pressure and his strength.
“He seemed about where he should be in fitness and it was a good spar unti I got tired at the end. But it was a great morale booster for me and I hoped it helped him.”
Sheedy, from Wisewood, said he’d never sparred with Brook before and believed he was picked because he’s a southpaw like Dan. “It was a bit like being in the lion’s den at Wincobank but I used to enjoy that as an amateur and it was great to take part. Kell is accurate and relentless; I’d pick him over Amir Khan if they got that fight on.”
Sheedy, who vacated the central area championship recently, wants to accelerate his chances of a major title by climbing the rankings. “The Commonwealth would be a fantastic opportunity. I am on a journey and will keep working hard to get those belts.”
The champion is Welshman Liam Williams, 22, who drew with Sheffield’s Tyan Booth two years ago.