Ross Burkinshaw has taken time out to back Kell Brook to retain his IBF world welterweight title, on a night they are both in action.
Brook faces Frankie Gavin at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday in the main attraction. Meanwhile Burkinshaw hopes to thrill fight fans at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, where he takes on South African Klaas Mboyane for the WBO Inter-Continental bantamweight title.
Burkinshaw hopes his Sheffield pal will achieve what most are forecasting - a comprehensive victory. But he warned: “Frankie is a former amateur world champion, that speaks for itself. Frankie is a great fighter. The right Kell Brook has to turn up on the night and I believe he will.
“He has worked so long for this world title. We have grown up together and I know Kell is not going to leave anything to chance. I believe he will beat him. But I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as everybody is making out.
“We all get in the ring knowing opponents can take away everything you have dreamed of. Kell has to makes sure he is switched on.”
Burkinshaw knows a Brook v Amir Khan fight would have attracted more attention. “People are disappointed, but Britain loves an all-British title fight and now they have it. Hopefully Khan will happen in the near future. Word is that Khan is avoiding Kell.”
The former soldier added: “Kell has got the power and I believe he would beat Amir Khan. He can take anyone apart, southpaw or orthodox; Kell is a great fighter. He might get caught with a few shots from Gavin, because Gavin is similar to Khan - very fast - but there is no way he will beat Kell.”