Kell Brook believes gym mate Kid Galahad is on the cusp of doing what he has aleady done- made an impact on the world stage.
Galahad will be European champion tomorrow night, if he dispenses with Spaniard Sergio Prado at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. And Brook, heading towards his own world title showdown with Shawn Porter or Paulie Malignaggi believes the Euro super bantam belt will ensure his pal (real name Barry Awad) a share of the global limelight.
“Barry does bang on about world title but if he wins the European one lots of people will have to acknowledge him - they will have to sit up and take notice of him and take him seriously” said Brook.
“He is a seriously hard worker and he has filled out and found the strength that he may have lacked as he was growing up. His punching power has got stronger, it’s really coming. He is a man now.”
Rotherham 6′ft 5ins″ cruiser Karl Bell (W5 L1) is on tomorrow’s undercard; he faces James Oliphant after being out of the ring since May. He says: “I feel great, everything has gone really well – sparring, training, everything.
“I’ve been out for a long time, so when I get in the ring it will be the first time for 10 months so I’m raring to get back in. I should have been out in September last year and that got cancelled there and then on the night, which was a setback and then I should have fought in November and that got cancelled.
“But I have been in the gym and ticking over training, so I’m ready. I think my opponent should feel nervous as I have a lot of frustration to get out. I’m ready to put on a good performance for the fans. I’m against a tough opponent who Kash Ali (also Rotherham) has boxed before. He is durable and can take a shot so if I can get a stoppage that would be brilliant. I’ve seen him a few times, he comes forward, so I’m going to box and see what happens.”
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