‘Why Sheffield’s Kell Brook will be a world champ’

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FORMER world champion Clinton Woods believes the world is about to see a new Kell Brook.

Sheffield welterweight Brook has been on a new conditioning and nutritional programme ahead of his IBF title eliminator against Hector Saldivia on October 20. The plan is to rectify stamina failings in his last fight.

Woods said: “Some people think it’s an excuse when a boxer blames diet choices or general preparation. But it’s not. I lost to Glen Johnson (2004; IBF light heavy title) because of vitamin B deficiencies. I’d felt half-dead after training sessions before the fight. The problem was corrected by changing diet and supplements. It was amazing how much better I felt, I could have trained all day. That’s what Kell seems to have done and now he’ll go on and be world champion.”

Woods says Brook faces a tough task against Saldivia.“Argentinian fighters are like Mexicans, they might not have natural ability but make up for it in toughness. Having said that I fought one (Sergio Beaz; 2003) and he was useless. It was all over in three rounds! I hope Kell has the same type, but I doubt it.”