You can’t guarantee much in boxing.
And while the chances of Kell Brook of bringing a world championship back to Sheffield remain strong, one of his former aids will go a step further. Dave Coldwell, a formative influence as manager for three years during Brook’s assent to the British title in 2008, believes the Grenoside boxer can be a DOUBLE weight world champion.
The Rotherham promoter is a pal of Brook’s, but has an independent view of his career since he re-joined the Ingle stable. Some have sneered at the welterweight’s promoter Eddie Hearn’s suggestion that Brook may have to move to light middleweight after he’s boxed Devon Alexander for the IBF welter title. Critics believe Brooks would struggle to compete if he moves from 10st 7lbs to 11stone.
But Coldwell says: “Kell is getting older (27.) His body is maturing. At a public work-out in Hull last week his arms looked massive. His body is going to a size that means, naturally, he must move up. I’m guessing he’ll take that step some time next year. I remember in our gym when he was around 11st 2 lbs. Ryan Rhodes and I always used to say that was when he was strongest. He was so dangerous there were not many who wanted to get in with him at that weight” said Coldwell. “From the outside looking in, I’d say he will surprise a few people. He’ll be lethal. We could see Kell win the welterweight title and then become a two-weight champion.”
Brook, who will fight Carson Jones at Hull on July 13 at catchweight, is awaiting a date for the welter clash with Alexander. This week Brook called out multi-weight champion Shane Mosley for a September showdown, possibly at Sheffield Arena.
Coldwell said: “Kell’s had his problems, but he is in a position where most boxers in the world would love to be. He’s one or maybe two fights from a world title.” Brook was depressed after injuring his foot and having to cancel an earlier planned date with Alexander.
But Coldwell says: “I know he was upset athat it fell through, but that’s life. He has a promoter opening doors for him, he’s getting all the right advice on nutrition, conditioning and Dom INgle training him. That’s great support.”