Sheffield’s top boxer strolls to world test

Kell Brook (left) as the ref stops his Welterwight bout with Alvaro Robles during their fight at the Echo Arena Liverpool. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Kell Brook (left) as the ref stops his Welterwight bout with Alvaro Robles during their fight at the Echo Arena Liverpool. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Kell Brook has a lot of qualities, but I am guessing patience is not one of them.

Injury robbed him of a shot at the IBF world title last year - and Amir Khan continues to dodge him.

So you got the feeling that Saturday’s eight-round demolition of game but limited Álvaro Robles was just part of an ongoing trainng camp heading towards some a lot more meaningful.

Brook’s expression, throughout, was of a man who had to do a job at Liverpool Arena, he was throwing a sprat to catch a mackerel. He didn’t over-celebrate the one-sided victory at the end, his mind more tuned in to future encounters with either Shawn Porter or Paulie Malignaggi, who fight on 19 April.

“It’s getting hard for to get up for these kind of kids now. I’ve moved on,” Brook said.

“It is kind of tough starting from the beginning, a training camp, I was self-motivated for this fight but it’s still hard to get up at five and six in the morning. I’m only up for elite fighters.

“I’m happy I got this out of the way, next one for the IBF strap.”

Within 90 seconds it was clear that Brook’s ramrod jab alone was too much for the smaller, younger, less experienced traveller.

Brook, who KO’d Philip Kotey and Krzysztof Bienias at the same venue in 2010, finished all the early rounds with pounding head shots.

In round three, Brook’s 150th professional round, Robles tried to come out of his defensive shell but he stumbled to the floor when he pitched himself against the Sheffield welterweight’s overwhelming strength.

When you are a Mexican national champion - a title Robles won last year - you are clearly a fighter with some pedigree.

And Robles was shaking his head in defiance after Brook unloaded some combinations on him.

But by round five I was wondering if some of Kell’s sparring partners had given him a harder time.

While there was an exciting interchange of blows in the next session Brook seemed utterly unmoved by anything coming his way. Suddenly the Grenoside title-hunter stepped up a gear and he started to dispense some painful treatment in the corner.

It soon became a guessing game as to when the referee might step in.

The stool must have felt like a piece of heaven under Robles after round seven. But it was a brief respite. Brook was on the verge of doing some real damage when the Mexican corner threw in the towel.