Video: An easy night at the office for Kell Brook in Sheffield?
Kell Brook will master his opponent with such ruthless efficiency on Saturday that he will virtually render the world title exercise a 'waste of time,' believes a gym-mate.
Atif Shafiq thinks Brook is so superior to his mandatory IBF title challenger Kevin Bizier that it should be a relatively easy night’s work at Sheffield Arena for the Ecclesall welterweight.
“I think it is going to be an early stoppage for Kell,” said Shafiq, a spectator at a promotional warm-up for both boxers in the Winter Garden yesterday.
“A demolition - he is going to get him out of there and prove he is levels above him.”
So is the mandatory match up effectively a waste of time?
“To be honest a lot of people are seeing it as that,” Shafiq added.
“Kell has not let that affect him, though - he has been training as he always does. I think he’s going to go in there and prove a point, but it is a bit of a waste of time, as the guy’s not on Kell’s level.”
Shafiq said his Ingle gym-mate had been training just as ferociously as ever: “He has been training for weeks, he has been in good shape for a very long time. I think he’s going to be devastating on Saturday. I have seen bits of Bizier, but nothing that should faze Kell or bother him at all.”
Shafiq expects a win on the undercard for Adam Etches, who faces Jefferson Luiz De Sousa in a 12-round WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title clash.
“He has been looking good in training. He was a bit stiff back in the day but he looks a lot looser and more confident and I think he will do a good job on his opponent.”
Another boxer working out on the Matchroom event was Luke Campell, who faces Gary Sykes in a Yorkshire derby.
“I think he will have too much for Sykes at this stage of Syke’s career, but he is always game and comes to fight, Gary, so I think that will be a good fight while it lasts,” said the Rotherham super lightweight.