Sheffield boxing: the best of British

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Ryan Rhodes says Kell Brook is the best boxer in Britain when it comes to timing - and that his control and judgement will lead him to a world title.

Rhodes, a world-title contender in his day, is desperate to see his fellow Sheffielder win the crown, against title-holder Shawn Porter in the USA on August 16.

Ryan Rhodes, centre, in a spot of bother with Ricky Hatton and others

Ryan Rhodes, centre, in a spot of bother with Ricky Hatton and others

But he admits it is a tough match to predict, as the pair are finely matched.

“Porter looked like a beast against Paulie Malignaggi (March.) I thought Malignaggi looked a little bit old in that fight. He didn’t have the movement and speed. If Kell had fought Maliggnai that night he would have jumped all over him and done the same performance.

“It is a hard fight for Kell, but it’s a 50-50 fight. If Kell is on it 100%, I think he beats Porter, stops him late.

“Of all the British fighters Kell’s timing is the best out there” said Rhodes, now a trainer.

“I’ve sparred with Kell numerous times and his timing and accuracy is unbelievable and I think that what will be a massive factor in the fight. He can’t afford to rush in with Porter, he needs to time his shots just right, he needs to get behind his great jab.

When Kell is on it, does the weight right and the training has gone brilliant, there are not many fighters out there to beat him.”

Rhodes conceded “Porter looks an animal at the weight, he looks wide and chunky, got big arms.”

He added Porter seemed “a little bit more aggressive. He comes across as though he has got a big punch but in his previous fights I don’t think he’d stopped any body for two years prior to that.”