Knife victim Kell eyes stab at domestic title

KELL Brook relaunches his boxing career on Saturday - aware that a slip-up could send him back among the boxing minnows.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 7:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 7:59 am

The 21-year-old Hillsborough welterweight was stabbed in an incident in Spital Hill, Burngreave, last April, and hasn't boxed since.

But this weekend sees him back in the ring, pitted against journeyman Alex Stoda, on Amir Khan's undercard at Nottingham Ice Arena.

Stoda has a poor record and most will see this fight as an easy warm-up for 14-straight-win Brook.

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But trainer Dave Coldwell warned: "Stoda knocked out another unbeaten prospect (Sam Webb) last year in three rounds. He is a raw, young kid who doubtless would want to do it again.

"But Kell is in great shape and this is just what he needs to get back into things. Come December he should be seeking an eliminator for the British or English title."

Brook has stopped his last four opponents, three in the third round and one in the first, and is anxious to add more KOs to his present count of eight.

"He was on a roll until he was injured in that incident," said Coldwell. "People sat up and took notice of the way he beat Karl David (who took Sheffield's Tyan Booth the distance) at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

"He has been training well and we are working on his shape and profile in the ring, making sure he snaps out those punches quickly.

"As soon as Saturday is out the way hopefully he will be looking forward to bringing another title back to South Yorkshire."